WC swim teams sweep dual meet at home

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington College men’s swimming team won its third dual meet in a row on Saturday afternoon, defeating Manchester University 63-9 at the Wilmington Natatorium.

The WC women’s team also was victorious 93-37.

For the women, Macki Leon and Margaret Hover won two events. Leon triumphed in the 100-meter butterfly (1:12.95) and the 200-meter IM (2:36.44) while Hover won the 100-meter freestyle (1:04.24) and the 200-meter freestyle (2:21.43).

Hannah Davis won the 50-meter freestyle with a season-best time (29.57 seconds) while Ashley Carlson claimed the title in the 100-meter backstroke (1:16.76).

“Hannah Davis swam a season-best time during a difficult part of the season for sprinters,” WC coach Trip Breen said. “Ashley Carlson has been working on some things in practice and they are starting to click for her.”

Other individual events winners for Wilmington included Olivia Bender in the 800-meter freestyle (11:16.83) and Rebecca Curran in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:27.53).

Additionally, Shelby Kirby and Davis teamed with Isak Alin and Logan Schroer of the men’s team to win the 200-meter mixed relay in 2:12.06.

“Both teams continue to swim and train well despite being tired and sore at this part in the year,” said Breen. “We are looking forward to competing at an invitational next weekend.”

On the men’s side, Isak Alin won two individual evens including the 50-meter freestyle (25.39 seconds) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:08.65).

“Isak [Alin] doesn’t often swim freestyle events for us, but had a lifetime best today,” Breen said.

Four other Quakers won a single individual event. Mike Austin won the 100-meter backstroke (1:14.49), Jared Shoemaker triumphed in the 100-meter freestyle (1:02.32), Matt Allen earned a victory in the 200-meter IM (2:28.84) and Logan Schroer won the 400-meter freestyle (4:37.71).

Wilmington heads to Ohio Wesleyan University for that invitational on Nov. 23-24.