The Hillsdale women’s swimming team improved its win streak to 7 – 0 last Saturday after defeating G‑MAC rival, the University of Findlay, 163 – 117. The Chargers excelled with 1 – 2‑3 finishes in the 1000 meter freestyle, the 500 meter freestyle, and the 200 IM.
Sophomore Leah Tunney placed first in the 1000 by 41 seconds (10:47.55), followed by junior Madeline Breay who placed second in 11:28.14, and sophomore Anika Fassett finishing third in 11:31.64.
Sophomore Madison Pyhel took first in the 500 with a time of 5:21.67, followed by sophomore Sarah Clark who captured second in 5:23.67, and junior Anna Clark who finished third in 5:32.19.
The 200 IM was entirely dominated by freshmen who placed first, second, and third. Cecilia Guadalupi took first with a time of 2:12.25, Caroline Holmes finished second in 2:16.47, and Amy Mills finished third in 2:18.25.
Holmes was the only swimmer to finish the 200 freestyle in under 2 minutes, with a time of 1:59.42.
Tunney and Guadalupi had their second individual wins of the day. Tunney placed first in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.46, and Guadalupi placed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.07.
Sophomore Marie Taylor was the only swimmer to go under 25 seconds in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.73 seconds.
Senior Katherine Heeres had a strong win in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.33 seconds.
Head coach Kurt Kirner said he was very pleased with the team’s performance, highlighting the fact that Findlay has been Hillsdale’s rival for as long as he has been coaching.
“It was a statement meet for us,” Kirner said. “We needed to go out and command the performance we were capable of.”
Kirner also highlighted Tunney who won G‑MAC Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week for the second-straight week in a row.
Heeres said she was very happy with the team’s performance as well, noting that it was good to be getting back into meets after not having any during the whole first semester.
“Beating Findlay is nice since they’re our biggest rivals,” Heeres said. “We kept the energy up the whole time and had really good swims.”
Freshman Phoebe Johnston echoed Heeres, emphasizing the excitement that comes with defeating a rival team.
“The meet went really well,” Johnston said. “They were probably the toughest competition we’ve faced so far. Beating them was exciting and it bodes well for G‑MAC.”
Heeres said that the team is keeping the mood light heading into the next meet.
“It’s been a really long season,” Heeres said. “We’re keeping the mood light by having fun and enjoying the fact that we get to race and swim some races that we might not get to swim otherwise.”
The Chargers will be heading to Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, on Feb. 19 for a tri-meet against the Falcons and Ursuline College.