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Monmouth swims to victory in home opener

November 20, 2015

Photo courtesy of Dan Nolan

The swimmers of Monmouth College impressed in their home pool over the past weekend. The Scots played host to four other colleges as the men’s swimming and diving team finished second and the women’s team finished in third.

“It was a thrilling experience to be competing at home for the first time,” said sophomore Tom Cangelosi. “Both teams performed well and it was great to able to beat out some conference rivals early in the season. Our team’s hard work has already begun paying off by coming out on top of Caroll College’s men’s team and finishing second at the meet.”

Corbett finished with two top-five finishes in his four races as the scots took down three Midwest Conference rivals en route to their runner-up finish. Corbett also took second in the 500 freestyle while his teammate, sophomore Sebastian Hernandez, took fifth in the same race.

Freshman Jake Hall finished fourth and juniors Andrew Domkuski and Raheem Brown finished fifth in their races to round out the men’s individual scoring. Brown and Hall teamed with sophomore Riley Hess and freshman Logan Hoepfner to finish second in the 200 medley relay.

“I was really nervous before my race,” said freshman Sergio Hernandez. “This was my first time swimming as a Fighting Scot in our home pool. When it was time to swim my race, I remembered to keep a cool head and apply all of the techniques I worked on in practice.”

The women turned in an equally strong showing the Scots home opener by beating out a pair of conference rivals to finish third. The Scots were lead by their divers as junior Allie Vallance took the top of the podium and while her teammates occupied the other two spots in the 1-meter, 6-dive competition.

Junior Brooke Boldt and sophomore Brenna Bowers turned in their personal best performances to finish third and second, respectively in the diving event. Senior Cassidy O’Connell turned in a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100-yard breast stroke and the 200 individual medley.

Junior Claire Woodrow rounded out the top four for the women’s team. Woodrow took fourth in the 500 freestyle event after finishing a mere seven one-hundredths of a second from third place.

The two teams will play host to Augustana College on Friday for their last home meet in the fall semester. The dual meet will start at 6 p.m. in the Pepper Natatorium in the Huff Athletic Center.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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