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Scots dominate at championships

February 26, 2016

Photo provided by coach Tom Burek

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the Midwest Conference Championships in Grinnell, Iowa this weekend. Both teams finished sixth in conference and had a lot of success over the three days of competition.

On day one of the Swimming and Diving Championships junior Claire Woodrow set the school record in the 500-yard freestyle, breaking her own team record by two seconds. She placed fourth in a time of 5:15.39.

Cassidy O’Connell placed sixth in the 200 individual medley, with a time of 2:14.43. O’Connell and Woodrow also teamed up with Cassidy Neeley and Breanna Hoepfner to place fifth in the 400 medley relay.

On the men’s side, Ian Salveson placed sixth in the diving with a score of 275.00. The men took fifth in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay.

On the second day of competition, junior Allie Vallance made Monmouth College history as she was the first female diver to win a conference title. Vallance scored 447.00 points, winning by more than 30 points.

Brenna Bowers and Brooke Boldt finished 6-7 in the diving well to put the women in fifth place with a day to go.

The men swam to a fifth place finish in the 800 freestyle relay. Cristian Corbett, Matt Engebretsen, Riley Hess and Sebastian Hernandez touched in 7:24.07 in the last race of the day.

O’Connell and Woodrow clocked two top-eight finishes on the last day of conference. Woodrow got sixth place in the 1650-yard freestyle amd was only eight seconds off the school record with a time of 18:40.29.

O’Connell also finished sixth as she touched in 2:29.17 in the 200 breaststroke.

Hernandez and Corbett both scored in the 1650 freestyle. Hernandez touched in 16:56.07, good enough for fifth place, while Corbett finished in sixth place with a time of 17:14.47.

Corbett also swam the anchor leg of the men’s 400 freestyle. Andrew Domkuski, Engebretsen and Logan Hoepfner joined him to finish fifth in the event with a time of 3:18.02 to close out the last day of competition.

“Out of 96 total swims we had 95 lifetime bests, and out of 4 dives we had 3 season best scores,” said sophomore Tom Cangelosi. “Our success at conference was the perfect end to a very long and grueling season that began almost 6 months ago.”

Both the men and women finished sixth in the MWC Championships. Congratulations to all the Scots swimmers and divers on a successful season and successful championship tournament.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Contributor

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