The Chargers fin­ished fourth out of six teams that com­peted in the invi­ta­tional meet at Dav­enport Uni­versity Nov. 19 through 21.

The team as a whole per­formed well at the meet. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the A team, made up of juniors Marie Taylor, Leah Tunney, Sydney Slepian, and sophomore Car­oline Holmes fin­ished fifth (1:38.10). The B and C teams came twelfth (1:42.80) and four­teenth (1:45.52). In the 400 yard medley relay, the Chargers took sixth (3:55.91), ninth (4:00.40), and thir­teenth (4:09.85).

In the 800 yard freestyle relay, in which each of the four swimmers races 200 yards, the Chargers came in second and ninth at 7:42.52 and 8:04.48.

The 200 yard medley relay saw Hillsdale in seventh (1:48.40), tenth (1:50.29), and twelfth (1:55.54). The last swimming event of the meet was the 400 yard freestyle relay, in which the Chargers placed eighth (3:38.73) and twelfth (3:47.76).

Many indi­vidual swimmers had some excellent swims, earning per­sonal best times, school records, and even NCAA cut times.

“This was our first prelims-finals meet this season and I def­i­nitely had to embrace the chal­lenge,” Sophomore Car­oline Holmes said. “We had some out­standing swims, espe­cially from some of our freshmen.”

Freshman Elise Mason won the 1650 yard freestyle with a 17:17.45 which broke Hillsdale’s school record in the event and earned her an NCAA B cut. The second place fin­isher swam a 17:49.34 which was 31.89 seconds behind Mason.

Freshman Megan Clifford won the 200 yard fly with a 2:05.76. Senior Anna Clark came in eighth (2:14.03), junior Anika Fassett came eleventh (2:16.95), senior Ste­fanie Walker came in six­teenth (2:22.20), and sophomore Phoebe Johnston-Hoffman fin­ished sev­en­teenth (2:24.47).

Holmes placed seventh (1:55.16) and junior Marie Taylor placed eleventh (1:56.13) in the 200 yard freestyle.

The 100 yard breast­stroke saw Charger swimmers in 10, 11, and 12. Freshmen Joanna Burnham and Emma Dickhudt fin­ished tenth and eleventh in 1:07.50 and 1:0.68 respec­tively. Sophomore Cecilia Guadalupi fin­ished twelfth in 1:07.78. 

In the 100 yard back­stroke, junior Leah Tunney fin­ished third (57.97), Holmes fin­ished sixth (58.49), and junior Sydney Slepian fin­ished six­teenth (1:01.24).

The Chargers dom­i­nated the 400 yard I.M. with Burnham and Mason in second (4:36.95) and third (4:37.14), Guadalupi in fifth (4:41.58), Clifford in sixth (4:45.40), and sophomore Amy Mills in ninth (4:47.35).

Marie Taylor, who was the G‑MAC athlete of the week last week for the second time this season, made NCAA B cuts in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events.

“I always like to have other teams and team­mates push me to be better,” Taylor said. “ But I’ve also really kind of changed my mindset to the point where I do that to myself when I’m racing.”

She fin­ished second in the 50 with a 23.74 and first in the 100 at 51.49.

In the 500 yard free, Tunney and Mason went first and second, fin­ishing at a close 5:07.07 and 5:07.10 respectively.

Tunney, Holmes, and Slepian raced the 200 yard back­stroke, earning spots in fourth (2:06.16), eighth (2:09.23), and thir­teenth (2:15.54).

Clifford fin­ished fifth in the 100 yard fly with a 57.77. Senior Anna Clark came eleventh (59.64).

Burnham, Dickhudt, and Boyle rep­re­sented Hillsdale in the 200 yard breast­stroke in seventh (2:27.64), eighth (2:28.09), and six­teenth (2:39.87).

In the 200 yard I.M Burnham fin­ished third (2:10.41), Clifford seventh (2:12.29), Holmes eighth (2:13.10), and Dickhudt twelfth (2:13.88).

The team looks forward to the second half of the season and the build up to G‑MACs.

“We saw Dav­enport and Saginaw Valley and we’ll be swimming them in January so it’s nice to scope out the com­pe­tition and see where they’re at,” Holmes said.

The team will head to Florida for a training trip at the end of December. Their first meet in the spring will be Jan. 15 against Saginaw Valley State Uni­versity and Ashland University.