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Swimming and diving takes on MWC competition

November 18, 2016

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams faced some tough competition at their second home meet against MWC competitors last weekend. The Fighting Scots took on Illinois, Beloit, and Grinnell College and both teams took second overall.

Leading the charge for the men’s team was freshman Noah Barnard. The sprint freestyler took the crown in the 50 yard free, touching in 22.08. Barnard also placed first in the 100 yard free with a 48.73, less than two tenths slower than his season best time. Fellow sprinter Andrew Domkusi took third in the 50 free with a 23.08.

Senior Cristian Corbett stepped up to score in the distance events, taking third in the 200 yard free with a 1:55.64 and a 5:18.58 in the 500 yard free, both season best times.

Taking care of the backstroke events were sophomores Christian Hernandez and Jake Hall. Fresh out of water polo season, Hall went on to take second in the 100 backstroke with a 58.41, followed by Hernandez in fifth with a 59.92. Hernandez also took fourth in the 200 individual medley, clocking a 2:12.55.

Barnard, Domkuski, and Corbett teamed up with junior Riley Hess for the 400 yard freestyle relay, barely touching out Illinois and Beloit in 3:28.52.

On the women’s side, seniors Allie Vallance and Brooke Boldt made a complete sweep of the diving events, taking first and second respectively. Continuing her dominance on the 1-meter board, Vallance scored an impressive 242.35, while Boldt scored a personal best of 171.1.

In the pool, freshman Brittany Lira took a fourth place finish in the 50 yard free, recording a 27.54. Freshman Emily Mathews took a fourth place finish in the 100 backstroke, clocking a 1:13.04. Claire Woodrow took care of the other freestyle events, finishing third in the 200 yard free with a 2:06.56. The senior swam another third place race in the 500 free, finishing in 5:49.66.

Barnard and Lira were awarded high-point swimmers and were joined by Boldt and Hall as swimmers of the meet.

The Scots will take on Augustana at home tonight at 6 P.M. in the Pepper Natatorium before traveling to Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday morning.

Cristian Corbett
Co-Editor in Chief

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