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Scots begin season: Swimming and Diving take third at home

November 21, 2014

In a strong first showing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving both took third place in the first meet of the season.

The Scots hosted Grinnell College, Beloit College, Carroll University and Illinois College at home on Saturday. The women’s team posted an overall score of 106 while the men had 92. Both teams lost out to Grinnell and Carroll.

Sophomore Allie Vallance easily took first in the diving portion of competition with a score of 226.10. Freshman Brenna Bowers took third in her first collegiate performance with a 166.35 barely out of second place. The diving team looked strong and wants to continue that dominance throughout the season.

“Not only were we pleased with our places, but our scores as well at this point of the season,” Vallance said.

Though the swimming teams and diving teams do not practice together, they still show support at meets along with supportive coaches. Team members feel that overall the chemistry is great.

“With grueling practices each day, it is vital to have a good support system in the pool. I believe that is how we will succeed,” said senior Clarissa Henby.

On the swimming side, women got their feet wet and finished in the top five spots in their events. Senior Erin Willhite swam for fourth in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles, while Sarah Lang took fourth in the 200 and 400-yard freestyles, as well.

“Considering it was our first meet of the season, I think it was a success,” Henby said.

For the men, the competition went similarly. The freshmen were strong competitors for the Scots this weekend as Ryan Sterling placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.49, barely missing out on first place.

Sterling and sophomore Andrew Domkuski paired up with fellow freshmen Julius Bradsfield and R.L Aldridge for the 200 medley relay and handily took second place with a time of 1:43.01.

Domkuski also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:06.16. The relay teams were competitive overall in the pool this weekend with top five finishes.

The swimming and diving teams take to Pepper Natatorium on Nov. 22 to face off against Franklin College.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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