Leon closes stellar career; WC women, men 5th at OACs


GENEVA – The Wilmington College swim teams finished their seasons this weekend at the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at SPIRE Institute.

The women had 276 points and placed fifth overall. John Carroll won the championship with 1,017 points while the University of Mount Union had 659 points to finish as runner-up.

The men also placed fifth in the meet. John Carroll won the championship with 1,020 points while the University of Mount Union had 717 points to finish as runner-up.

“We are extremely thankful to have the season that we did,” WC head coach Trip Breen said. “We appreciate the hard work the OAC presidents and athletics directors did to provide us with this opportunity.

“The team was outstanding, even with a shortened training season and the challenges of COVID, we were able to set numerous team records and had an unbelievable amount of lifetime best performances. It is a testament to their outstanding work ethic and willingness to support each other. I will never forget this season and this amazing group of Wilmington College swimmers.”

On the women’s side, Macki Leon closed out an incredible career with yet another All-OAC honor in the 200-yard backstroke. The senior from Ashland hit the wall in 2:08.84. On Friday, Leon finished third in the 100 back (60:07) and earned All-OAC honors.

Wilmington’s team in the 400-yard freestyle relay of Leon, Hannah Davis, Anna Endsley and Margaret Hover tapped the wall in 3:44.15 for a fourth-place finish.

Also Friday, Carlson was seventh and Davis eighth in the 100 back finals. Maryn Herring was eighth in the 100 fly (62.76).

The 800 free relay team of Leon, Davis, Endsley and Hover were third and earned All-OAC recognition.

For the WC men, Michael Phillippe was runnerup in the 200 back (2:02.9) while Dane Klosterman (2:05.76) was third. Reed Ashcraft finished fourth.

Cameron Bolen was seventh in the finals of the 100 breaststroke. The freshman finished in 59.08.

The Quakers’ relay teams turned in a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay and a fifth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Wilmington’s team of Phillippe, Bolen, Aaron Polk and Klosterman tapped the wall in 1:39.00 in the 200-yard medley relay while Phillippe and Polk teamed with Ashcraft and Logan Schroer to turn in a mark of 7:37.73 in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

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