WC adds to swim staff, soccer preseason polls out

Wilmington College adds a familiar face to the swimming program while the men’s and women’s soccer teams were placed in the preseason polls by Ohio Athletic Conference coaches.

Margaret Hover, a 2021 graduate of WC, will assist Trip Breen with the Quaker swimmers.

“I am excited that Margaret has agreed to return to Wilmington College to help lead the program that she was such an influential leader of the past four years,” Breen said. “She will continue to be a valuable member of our program and campus community.”

Hover, who graduated Summa Cum Laude, competed in freestyle and relay events for the Fightin’ Quakers all four years as a student-athlete. Three relay teams — 400-yard medley, 400-yard freestyle and 800-yard freestyle — Hover took part in are currently program records. She also was involved as a lifeguard and an IT Help Desk assistant as well as being a certified swim instructor with the YMCA.

Margaret begins her coaching tenure on Wednesday.

On the soccer pitch, the WC men were picked to finish fourth and the women fifth in their respective preseason polls by league coaches.

Defending champion John Carroll University was picked as the conference favorite for the men having gone unbeaten a season ago. Marietta College, which challenged the Blue Streaks in the OAC tournament title game a year ago, received one first place vote and was picked second. Ohio Northern University and Wilmington rounded out the top four.

The Fightin’ Quakers finished the unique 2021 spring season with a 7-3-1 overall record and a third-place finish in the OAC. Wilmington then hosted and won an OAC Tournament game, 2-1 over Capital, for the first time in over a decade before falling to Marietta in a penalty kick shootout in the semifinal contest.

For the women, Ohio Northern University, Otterbein University and Capital University, the top three finishers the past several season, are picked once again to finish in atop the loop this fall. The next three programs, one of which is the Fightin’ Quakers, are separated by just two points combined.

Wilmington finished the 2021 spring season with a 5-4-2 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the OAC. The Quakers hosted and won an OAC tournament game for the first time in over a decade. The Quakers open the 2021 fall season at home against Ohio Wesleyan University Wednesday.