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Swimming hosts seasons first meet

October 27, 2017

Last weekend, the Fighting Scots men’s and women’s swim team competed at their first meet of the season. Many swimmers made hefty first impressions.

The freshmen this year added team spirit and speed to the roster. With freshman Preston Bocchi breaking the 50-yard backstroke with a 25.44 as well as winning the event altogether, he dwarfed his competition.

Not only did Bocchi win the 50 backstroke, but he also took first in the 100 backstroke and the 100 Individual medley. Freshman Miranda Pasky, went a season-best 50 freestyle time with a 27.16.

The sophomores made their own strides as well. Emily Mathews won the 50 backstroke with her own personal best time 32.15. Rik Doornenbal made some waves in the pool with a 5:19.34 in his 500 free to take first place.

The lead junior Logan Hoepfner had a season-best 50 freestyle clocking in at 22.82 making it his first season win. Riley Hess led the seniors with multiple wins. Hess won the 50 butterfly with a time of 25.47 as well as the 100 butterfly with a 58.46. Tom Cangelosi finished the senior races with a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.52. Kaila Heitter had a season-best time with a 1:18.94 in her 100 backstroke.

Monmouth’s relays were put to the test at the beginning and at the end of the meet. The first relay was the four by 50 medley relay. The men’s team used Doornenbal, Cangelosi, Hess, and Hoepfner in that order. The Scots were out-touched by North Central who received the win.

On the women’s side, the relay was comprised of freshman Rylee Mann, senior Michelle Nafziger, sophomore Brittany Lira, and Heitter. The Scots finished fourth with a time of 2:14.53.

The meet concluded with a mixed men and women four by 50 freestyle relay. This relay is the first of its kind and created a new category for coaches to think about in the near future. The lead relay on the Scots’ side was made up of Pasky, Hess, Matthews, and Bocchi.

The Scots finished second with a time of 1:57.37. The men’s team beat North Central and Knox while the women’s team beat Knox but fell short of North Central. The men’s and women’s teams travel to Illinois Wesleyan tomorrow to compete at a Halloween themed meet.

Riley Hess
Editor in Chief

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