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Swimmers end season on big stroke

February 24, 2012

During the past two weeks, the Monmouth College swim team had been gearing up for conference which took place this past weekend. All of their practicing has paid off.

The women finished in third place, and the men finished in fifth place.

The men missed fourth place by a mere five points.

The women’s scores lead them to finish in third place, the highest finish in Monmouth College’s program history.

Leading the way on the women’s side was senior Krysta Sparks who clocked in at 2: 20 for the 200 IM, earning sixth place in that event. Sparks also got a third place finish in the 100 butterfly with the time of a 1:00.78. Freshmen Erin Willhite scored for the women by placing third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.70. Willhite also placed seventh in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 56.62. Junior Erica Mcaloon also contributed by placing fourth in the 50 freestyle clocking in at 25.88. Mcaloon got another fourth place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.37. The junior broke the Monmouth women’s 100 yard freestyle record three times at the conference.

“It was somewhat of a surprise to me,” said Mcaloon on her record-breaking performance in the 100 yard free style. “I had a goal of breaking the 200 free record and then ended up leaving with the 100 record which I did not expect. I am proud of it and couldn’t have done it without my team.”

On the men’s side of the meet, sophomore Brett Dunn led the way for the Scots by getting second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:30.97. His brother, senior Josh Dunn finished with two third places: one in 200 IM with a time of 2:01.51 and the other in the 100 butterfly clocking in at 53.50. Sophomore Gabe Baginski along with Joe Testolin and the Dunn brothers, placed second in the 800 yard freestyle relay. Their relay clocked in at 7:10.39.

With this milestone of the best finish in swim team history for the women, coach Alex De la Pena is looking forward towards the future.

“The first thing in the future is we need a bigger team, and that all comes with hard recruiting and overnight visits from recruits. We are looking to have a much bigger team with bigger numbers in the upcoming years.”    

Frank Wasielewski
Contributing Writer

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