Swimming & Diving record historic weekend
February 24, 2017
The men’s and women’s swimming & diving team brought home three conference titles, three individual records, and two relay records to close out the 2016-2017 season. The Scots took seventh on the women’s side and the men overcame 2 disqualifications to secure a third place finish.
Seniors Claire Woodrow and Allie Vallance ended their careers with historic performances. Woodrow finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle. The senior changed her normal distance routine and swam the 100-yard freestyle to finish seventh.
Vallance defended her title as the 1-meter dive champion, winning by over 50 points with a final score of 448.95 points. She was joined by senior Brooke Boldt, who took seventh with a personal best score of 323.10
Freshman Noah Barnard led the charge for the men, clocking an impressive 20.88 in the 50-yard freestyle to take first. The newcomer also took the crown in the 100-yard freestyle with a 46.21 and clinched a third place finish in the 200-yard free with a 1:43.45. Barnard broke the Fighting Scots records for all three sprint events.
“To win both those sprint events is something,” said head coach Tom Burek. “You can be seeded first, but there is such a narrow margin for error, anything can happen in the prelims and finals. You’ve got to be focused and Noah was.”
The men turned in many crucial swims, including top eight finishes from senior Andrew Domkuski and junior Tom Cangelosi in the 100-yard breastroke, sophomore Jake Hall in the 100 and 200-backstroke, and junior Riley Hess in the 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley.
The Scots men suffered on the second day, as two relay disqualifications in the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay set them back almost 70 points.
“We came into the meet with confidence levels through the roof,” said junior captain Riley Hess. “Those DQs definitely broke our spirits, but I knew we would bounce back.”
Going into the final day, the Scots were in fourth trailing Lawrence University by 27 points. The men’s distance squad stepped up to cut down that deficit. Freshman Rik Doornenbal, junior Sebastian Hernandez, and senior Cristian Corbett all turned in top ten finishes in the 1650-yard freestyle to help overtake third from the Vikings.
“That was the key race of the meet and really drove us Sunday,” said Burek. “The guys responded and made no mistakes Sunday. Third place was a total team effort.”
With all but two swims being lifetime best performances, the Scots swimmers will close out this season on a very high note, while senior diver Allie Vallance will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Diving Championships one last time this weekend at the NCAA Regional Diving Championships.
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