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Conference next stop for swimmers

February 7, 2014

The Fighting Scots thought they’d have one last meet to prepare for the Midwest Conference Championship but with the cancellation of last Saturday’s meet at Western Illinois University, all focus now turns to the big meet at Grinnell College.

Still, junior Clarrisa Henby feels she prepared to face the conference competition. “There’s always room for improvement but with that being said, I am content with where I am in the season”, says Henby. “I am ahead of where I was last year at this time so it seems promising.” Henby will be focusing on the 100 and 200 butterfly, as well as the 50 freestyle, an event that saw four Scots in the finals last year, more than any other single event. Teammate, Erin Willhite took the silver in the event.

Among conference foes Henby ranks 12th and sixth in the 100 butterfly and 200 respectively. The 100 butterfly features stiff competition in the form of Lake Forrest senior, Garr Punnett who set the conference record for the event at last year’s conference and currently holds this year’s fastest time with 52.20. Monmouth’s Breanna Hoepfner was a conference finalist in the 100 butterfly last year.

The pressure of a swimmer wanting to swim to end their career on a high note will not be an issue this time around because there are no seniors on the women’s team. In fact eight swimmers will hit the water in championship action for the first time. Among them is freshman Sarah Lang, who holds the 11th best conference times in both 100 and 200 freestyle events.

None of the Scots are favored to win any single individual event, in fact the program’s history only boasts three conference champions, the last one being Krysta Sparks’ 200 breaststroke in 2009. However, they are hoping to maintain if not build on the past two seasons that have featured the Scots’ highest team finishes in the meet, third in 2012 and 2013.

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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