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Personal bests galore at MC Invite

November 16, 2012

Upperclassmen Baginski, McAloon shine for youthful Scots

The Zach Johnson / The Courier - MC swim teams recorded two podium finishes in last Saturday’s home invitational.

Posting eleven personal bests, both of Monmouth College’s swimming and diving teams finished on the podium at Saturday’s Monmouth College Invitational.

The women’s team took second on Saturday while the men finished third in the ten school event. The Pepper Natatorium played host to a field including conference foes Lake Forest, Carroll, Beloit, Knox, and Illinois College.

Monmouth junior Gabe Baginski set three personal bests, winning the 50, 100, and 200-yard freestyle events. Baginski also set the pool record for the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in at 48.36, winning by more than a second. The men’s team also received high points in the 200 breaststroke timing in at 2:25.46 for a third place finish.

Freshman Jory Seibert finished fourth in the 200 backstroke as well, rounding off a nice set of points for the men. Neal Hosper also garnered the Scots big points, placing second in the 400 freestyle relay and third in the 400 medley relay alongside Gabe Baginski, Jory Seibert, and Zach Heilman.

On the women’s team Erica McAloon finished with two first place finishes, clocking a personal best in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:37.09, winning by over three seconds. Erin Willhite took third place in the 500 freestyle with a personal best of 5:38.67, giving the team some nice points.

The women’s team took home several more points in the diving competition thanks to Clarissa Henby, as well as a win in the 400 freestyle relay by McAloon, Steph Komaniecki, Taylor Sutschek, and Willhite. Willhite gave the team second place in the 50 freestyle and third place in the 100 freestyle.

The team also took fourth place in the 100 backstroke and 400 individual medley.

Baginski felt the invitational was a good measuring stick for the MWC season. “This was a great opportunity for us to get a feel for what the competition is going to be like further along in the season.”

Senior Zach Heilman looks forward to the Midwest Conference season.

“The freshman class has really stepped up and shown that they can compete at this level,” said Heilman. “It will be an interesting conference meet if we keep growing and swimming awesome.”

Head coach Alex de la Pena is pleased with what he has seen from his squad thus far.

“We are having a solid season so far. The team has been working very hard in practice and we are starting to become a stronger and more confident team,” said de la Pena. “I am looking forward to watching our team improve as a group throughout the remainder of the season.”

Monmouth College aquatics will take to the water tonight at Augustana’s Carver Pool for the Viking Invitational.

Deanna Southerd
Contributing Writer

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