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MC first and second: swimming, diving dominates in Wisconsin

February 6, 2015

Breyana Floyd / The Courier - Combined top finishes for the men and women contributed to the teams' second and first place finishes, respectively. Sophomore Allie Valance broke her own school record for highest score in the 1-meter dive.

The Monmouth College Swimming and Diving team had a good showing this weekend. The women placed first and the men second at their meet at the Principia College Invite.

The women’s win by over 50 points can be credited to standout performances from sophomore Sarah Lang, with her wins in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events. This marks incredible performances from her two meets in a row. Other strong races came from Cassidy O’Connell with a time of 2:20:18 in the 200 individual medley and Clarissa Henby pulling out second with a 2:21.48.

Monmouth’s men met with less success this weekend, but still had star players showing promise. Sebastian Hernandez beat out all Augustana swimmers in the 1000 free at a time of 10:44:97 and Ryan sterling won the 100 back with a solid 59.36. All of this combined led the men to a second place finish overall.

Breyana Floyd / The Courier


Monmouth’s diving team had a blowout performance. Sophomore Allie Vallance dominated the springboard with a school best of 429.85 points. Valance, with her score, also qualified for regionals for the second year in a row. Freshman Brenna Bowers was no slouch herself and got a personal best score of 280.45.

“Coming into this meet, both our boys and girls were tired and sore due to some rigorous training. Starting now we are going to fine tune everything, turns, starts, breathing patterns and finishing hard,” head coach of the swim team Tom Burek said.

Regardless of the results, the Fighting Scots are still looking apt to take their upcoming conference meet by storm. They are showing day by day that they can do better and take a higher place than they have ever taken before.

The Scots took on Augustana College at home on Saturday and posted strong scores across the board splitting the meet with the Vikings. The team will begin the Midwest Conference Tournament in Grinnell, Iowa on February 13 through 15.

Christian Baginski
Contributing Writer

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