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Fire quenched

January 24, 2014

The Monmouth College men’s and women’s swimming team made a splash in their final home meet of the season against the Prairie Fire of Knox College and Eureka College’s Red Devils. After both teams placed fifth in the University of Chicago Invitational, the Scots racked up a total of four personal records and a combined 110 point victory over rival Knox College.

Freshman Sarah Lang led the women with two victories. Lang and fellow freshman Claire Woodrow finished first and second in both the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle. Both freshman recorded personal bests in the 500 freestyle. Lang won the event with a 5:31.95, while Woodrow was right behind her with a 5:36.31. In the 200 freestyle, the pair continued where they left off as Lang placed first with a 2:03.64 and Woodrow recording her second personal record of the day with a 2:04.58. In the 1000 freestyle, sophomore Hannah Long placed second with 12:12.21, while sophomore Taylor Sutscheck followed her clocking at 12:16.10. With this match only a month from conference, Sutscheck says “this meet gave us all an idea of where we are and where we want to be by conference.”

On the men’s side, Senior Gabe Baginski put his best foot forward in the 200 medley, partnering with Neal Hosper, Tony Marino and Zach Heilman to post a winning time of 1:47.53. Baginski went on to win the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle posting times of 1:59.54 and 5:27.43 respectively.

Sprinter Patrick Innes had a career day winning in the 50 freestyle, stopping the clock at 22.27, and recorded a new PR in the 100 freestyle with a winning time of 49.26. Hosper also took victory in the 100 butterfly; an event he has not swam before, touching in with a 58.93.

“A lot of us swam off events just for the fun of it, but it might mean we could be swimming different events in conference,” said Hosper.

Both squads are scheduled to compete tomorrow at Principia College, on the road to the Midwest Conference Championships on Feb. 14.

David Beuttel
Contributing Writer

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