Four members of the Hillsdale College swim team traveled to Calvin College last weekend for an invitational meet between eight schools. Sophomore Katherine Heeres, senior Anika Ellingson, sophomore Emma Rao, and junior Catherine Voisin were standout swimmers during the fall season and continued that trend at the meet.
Heeres broke her own Hillsdale record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.63. The previous record was 58.05. She placed seventh in the race on Saturday.
“It was really exciting to re-break that record I set almost exactly a year ago and to see how some of the little things I’ve been working on start to pay off.” Heeres said.
Heeres also set another season-best in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.80, taking fifth place. She had a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle as well, with a time of 1:55.61.
Ellingson earned a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, coming in at 1:02.66. She also finished fifth in the 200 breastroke with a time of 2:21.00.
Voisin added another first-place finish in the 200 butterfly, at 2:06.81. She placed ninth in the 100 butterfly at 57.62, a season-best time, and 20th in the 200 individual medley at 2:17.04, another season-best.
Rao finished 12th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.62, yet another season-best. She also finished 16th in the 100 freestyle, coming in at 54.51.
All four swimmers competed in the 400 medley team relay, and finished fifth with a time of 3:55.49.
“The team is really pleased with where we’re at coming out of mid-seasons,” Heeres said. “I think we’re all excited to see how we can continue to improve leading up to G‑MACs in February.”