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Scots break records, set PRs

February 20, 2015

The Scots went into to the weekend looking for success and came away making school history. Men and Women’s swimming and diving teams finished the weekend setting an impressive six new school records. The men’s team finished fourth in the conference competition with the women finishing fifth.

“We had a lot of great performances from everyone,” said junior Breanna Hoepfner. “Everyone was dropping time and moving up in rankings which is what we needed.”

“Clarissa Henby broke the 100 butterfly record and the 200 butterfly record, Morgan Bruess broke the 200 backstroke record, Sebastian Hernandez swam his best mile and RL Aldridge really stepped up in the 50 freestyle,” Hoepfner added. Hoepfner herself turned in a great performance for her team, as well. The junior turned in a pair of personal best times in the second and third days of the competition.

Sophomore Allie Vallance was another swimmer who contributed to decimation of school records. Vallance finished second in the 1-meter diving competition and finished a mere 8.2 points out of first.

“I was very satisfied with my performance this weekend,” said Vallance. “I crushed my own personal record as well as the school record. My main mentality going into the meet was to beat my own school record. Along with that, I knew I was competing against the same female who took first last year, beating me by over 40 points; I wanted to get as close as her score as possible, and I succeeded as she only beat me by 8 points this year. I was able to keep my score close to the winner, which meant a great deal to me because she was a national diver last season.”

The team came away from the weekend still hungry for another champion from Monmouth College to be crowned. The team has not had a swimmer stand atop the podium since 2013. The Scots will head into the offseason with their heads high and full of optimism.

With only three seniors graduating in total for both men and women, Henby, Erin Willhite and Marshall Palfenier, the teams will be returning most all of its swimmers and divers.

“You will find that our team is made of swimmers like myself who are less experienced,” said junior Taylor Sutschek. “Then you will find swimmers on the team who have been swimming since eight and under. Our coaching staff has done a tremendous job building this program and making it a great team to be a part of. My successes wouldn’t be without the coaching staff and their drive to constantly find ways to improve and build our program.”

Anthony Matozzi
Contributing Writer

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