Following opening loss, WC women dunk Hiram

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HIRAM- Winning every event, the Wilmington College women’s swim team defeated Hiram 141 to 27 Saturday in non-conference action.

Despite having competed in a sprint meet the night before, the WC women came out of the gate fresh Saturday and breezed to the victory.

“We had quite a few different people win races,” WC head coach Trip Breen said. “I know everyone is looking forward to next week’s invitational.”

The Fightin’ Quakers head to a two-day invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University Friday and Saturday of next week to close out the semester.

The meet opened with the 200-meter medley relay. The quartet of freshmen Kadie Grundy and Hannah Davis, sophomore Rebecca Curran and senior Samantha Glish posted a time of 2:21.00 and won the 200-meter medley relay.

In the 800-meter freestyle, freshman Macki Leon came in first with a time of 10:52.41. She was followed by senior Savanna Burcham (2nd, 12:10.24) and sophomore Samantha Harter (3rd, 12:46.20).

Glish finished first in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:27.70, as well as in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:06.82.

Wilmington, again, swept one through three in the 50-meter freestyle. Freshman Margaret Hover got her hand on the wall first in 30.44 seconds. Next in was Burcham with a time of 33.32. Freshman Karley Schlensker was third, clocking in with a 33.34.

Sophomore Laura Swinehart claimed first in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 3:04.15.

Leon, Davis, and Grundy swept the field in the 100-meter butterfly, earning first through third, respectively.

Senior Ellyse Herr touched the wall first in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:21.66. Hover earned first, as well, in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 5:14.93. Leon then dove in and touched the wall first in the 100-meter breaststroke, the clock reading 1:26.61.

Hover, Burcham, Davis, sophomore Rachel O’Donnell joined for the final event of the afternoon, the 200-meter freestyle relay. The quartet posted the fastest time in the heat, 4:51.47 though were seeded as exhibition, meaning they did not score.

“We continued to make progress today. We were a little sluggish off of the start, but we eventually got it together and had some nice swims. Margaret Hover had a nice meet today, winning both the 400 and the 50. She really had to battle to win the 400. It was a great race.”

On Friday, the WC women were defeated by Ohio Northern at the WC natatorium, 203-59.

In the 800-meter freestyle, Hover placed second, with a time of 10:49.70. O’Donnell finished just behind, completing the 32 laps in 11:18.37, an in-season best for the swimmer.

The next in-season best came from Glish in both the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle. Her season best time of 28.75 seconds in the 50 earned second-place in the field while her time of 1:04.44 in the 100 placed third.

“Samantha Glish had two in-season bests,” Breen said. “To see her be able to do that in season, especially this early in the season, is exciting. Not only through her times, but with her deck presence, as well, she’s demonstrating exactly the type of senior leadership we need. Rachel O’Donnell had an in season best in the 800, which is very exciting, as well.”

Leon was second in the 200-meter freestyle, posting a time of 2:19.80. Leon also placed second in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:12.51. Next, she stepped up to compete in the 100-meter individual medley. She finished the event in 1:13.15 to, once again, earn second.

The distance pair of Hover and O’Donnell also touched the wall for second- and fourth-place in the 400-meter freestyle, respectively. Hover clocked in with a time of 5:18.72, while O’Donnell swam in, in 5:40.49.

Glish, Hover, Leon, and Davis were second in the 200-meter freestyle by .06, clocking a 1:57.86.

“I thought we demonstrated some general progress today. We’re starting to see the confidence we need to see to move forward with the season. Today’s racing, and this new found confidence, gives us a lot to look forward to as we go into our end of the semester invitational at Ohio Wesleyan.”

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