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Scots sink Big Blue at Pepper Natatorium

February 1, 2013

Joe Florio / The Courier - Zach Heilman swam his way to the top with a 200 breaststroke win.

The Fighting Scots men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads kept up their dominant stance after defeating the Big Blue of Millikin in a dual meet. This victory comes after the team’s successful efforts in Florida and their win in a triangular contest against both Illinois College and Knox College. This marks the second straight time that both squads have captured first place honors.

In the women’s meet, Erin Willhite won both the 50 and 100 freestyle races and fellow sophomore Clarissa Henby posted personal bests, while finishing runner up to Willhite in each event. Erica McAloon brought home first place with wins in the 200 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke.

Former Mid West Conference Performer of the Week Steph Komaniecki dominated in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:43.00. The Lady Scots also received a victory from freshman Morgan Bruess in the 200 backstroke, while Willhite, Henby, Sutschek and Komaniecki combined for a win in the 200 freestyle relay. The Lady Scots ended up defeating Millikin by a score of 107-89.

The men’s meet opened up with a win in the 1000 freestyle by Monmouth’s Neal Hosper, who set a personal best time of 1:58.14. Gabe Baginski contributed to the Scots victory by posting wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle in dominating fashion. Junior Tony Marino also scored for the Scots, picking up a win in the 200 freestyle to keep up the Scots dominance over the Big Blue.

Joren Siebert continued his impressive season with individual victories in the 200 IM and the 200 backstroke. Siebert logged a 2:13.40 in the 200 backstroke and a 2:09.34 in the 200 IM.

The final Scots individual victory of the day came from Zach Heilman who won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:32.35. Monmouth also took first in both the 200 medley and the 200 free relay.  The Fighting Scots ended the meet on top with a men’s score of 111-49 and a women’s score of 107-89.

Monmouth’s swimming and diving teams will host Western Illinois University and Augustana College at the Pepper Natatorium on Saturday. This will be the Scots’ final home meet before they compete in the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell, Feb. 15-17.

Logan Bowman
Contributing Writers

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