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From left to right, Ste­fanie Walker, Mary Vita, and Taylor Boyle prepare for the 200 yard freestyle on Sunday. (Christian Yiu | Col­legian)

In the final two home meets of the season, the Hillsdale College Chargers beat Indiana Wes­leyan Uni­versity on Sat­urday, but fell to Saginaw Valley State Uni­versity the next day. Despite Sunday’s loss, the Chargers managed to break the Hillsdale pool record in the 400 medley relay.

The record-breaking relay team of DeTar, Voisin, Ellingson, and Heeres snatched first by three seconds against Saginaw Valley in four minutes and 0.62 seconds.

“The Saginaw Valley State com­petitors they were up to gave them just the edge to be at their best last Sunday,” head coach Kurt Kirner said.

Against Indiana Wes­leyan, the Chargers won seven out of 11 events, and had mul­tiple first and second place fin­ishes across the board. Freshman Anna Clark shone, taking first in the 1000 freestyle in 11:32.62.

Since she’s been swimming more dis­tance in her first year at college, Clark said she has grown to enjoy dif­ferent race strategies. She plans on swimming the same event in the upcoming G‑MAC cham­pi­onship meet, along with the 1650 freestyle and the 100 and 200 but­terfly.

“I see it as a game or chal­lenge,” Clark said. “In the 1000, I got an early lead and I knew I had to hold on to that and try to break away. I was able to do that, and I am very happy with my first indi­vidual col­le­giate win.”

Junior Catherine Voisin said she felt great about this meet. Last week was rough for her, but Voisin said she was still able to swim well regardless.

“I think that’s a tes­tament to the hard work we put in the first semester and our winter training trip,” Voisin said.

Voisin swam her fastest in-season time in the 100 but­terfly in 59.37 seconds, one second less than Indiana Wes­leyan. Though she said she felt a bit dis­couraged about her 100 but­terfly this season, Voisin said the win felt like a break­through. A new race strategy improved her swimming and she plans on applying the same one at the G‑MAC meet.

“Usually it’s pretty dif­ficult to swim fast in your best events during the season, because we train so intensely throughout the year,” Voisin said. “Our bodies can’t recover for small weekend meets.”

Sopho­mores Katherine Heeres and Emma Rao, senior Anika Ellingson, and Voisin teamed up to win the 200 medley relay in one minute and 51.93 seconds. In the 400 freestyle relay, the A‑relay of Rao, sophomore Mary Vita, junior Danielle Lebleu, and senior Suzanne DeTar swiped second in three minutes and 50.31 seconds.

Against Saginaw Valley State, the Chargers lost 132.50 – 90.50 and rec­og­nized the team’s four seniors — DeTar, Ellingson, Tiffany Farris and Grace Houghton — on Senior Day.

“These two meets pro­vided an excellent oppor­tunity to see where we stand time-wise in our events for the con­ference meet,” Ellingson said. “They were a good mental and physical chal­lenge to see how well our intense training has pre­pared us. We may be phys­i­cally or men­tally exhausted, that won’t change the fact that we have to be up and racing.”

With the upcoming meets at Olivet College and Ohio Northern Uni­versity, Kirner said the loss against Saginaw Valley is just part of the process. The meet high­lighted which events need more practice and helped his ath­letes develop the mindset they need for the four-day cham­pi­onship in three weeks.

“All com­petitors offer dif­ferent chal­lenges,” Kirner said. “I would be happy with beating three out of the four opposing teams, which will give us a winning dual meet record for the season.”