WC women lose close one to ONU

WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College women’s swimming team won seven events in a close Ohio Athletic Conference dual meet loss to Ohio Northern University Friday evening, 138 to 122, at the WC natatorium.

On the men’s side, the Polar Bears were easy winners 206 to 55.

Isak Alin, a sophomore on the WC men’s team, was runnerup in three events — 31.48 seconds in the 50-meter breaststroke, 1:09.71 in the 100-meter breaststroke and 2:19.37 in the 200-meter IM to earn those runner-up finishes.

Logan Schroer turned in two individual third-place finishes — 58.67 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle and 29.06 seconds in the 50-meter butterfly.

“Both Isak [Alin] and Logan [Schroer] are training and swimming really well,” WC coach Trip Breen said. “As we move through the season, both will continue to be great leaders for our team and improve.

“Reed Ashcroft had a great meet. Matthew Bosse, our new assistant coach and former NCAA Division I swimmer in the backstroke, has been working with him on some backstroke stuff.”

For the women, Leon had a phenomenal meet winning three individual events along with being a member of a winning relay team. The junior swam a lifetime best time of 2:17.14 to win the 200-meter freestyle by over four seconds. She also won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:11.46 and finished the dual meet with consecutive victories – the 200-meter IM (2:35.72) and as part of the Quakers’ 200-meter relay squad.

“Macki had probably the best dual meet of her Wilmington career tonight,” Breen said.

Margaret Hover won two individual events including a thrilling 800-meter freestyle (10:27.29) by defeating ONU’s Karli Katterle by less than two seconds. She also won the 400-meter freestyle, touching the pad in 5:06.74. Her teammate freshman Alyssa Harper took second in the event with a mark of 5:18.61.

Hover and Leon teamed with Anna Endsley and Hannah Davis to win the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:57.77.

“Margaret is training really well and having an incredible season so far,” said Breen. “It’s really fun to see someone put in the work and get the results they deserve.”

Davis and Endsley also excelled in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle races. The duo finished second and third respectively in each race.

“Hannah Davis has been just out-touched the last two weeks, but continues to improve and swim well,” Breen said. “Anna Endsley cleaned up a few things this week at practice, applied them in the meet and it paid off.”

Maryn Herring turned in a runner-up finish (33.29 seconds) in the 50-meter butterfly while Ashley Carlson tallied the same finish (35.40 seconds) in the 50-meter backstroke. Freshman Fynn Roberts won the 50-meter breaststroke (38.19 seconds) and finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:20.49).

Wilmington returns to action on Nov. 2 for a double dual meet with Transylvania University and Wittenberg University in Springfield.