4 WC swimmers close home career against MU


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The Wilmington College men’s and women’s swim teams lost matches to Mount Union on Senior Night at the WC natatorium.

The men were defeated 144-106. It was the final home meet for WC seniors Lawrence Daya and Frederick Rankin.

The women lost a 145-107 match. The meet was the final home meet for seniors Ellyse Herr and Rachel O’Donnell.

“This is the part of the season where your mental state has to carry you through as everyone is a beat beaten up,” WC head coach Trip Breen said. “When you can race like we did today even when you’re tired, that gives us a lot to look forward to when we start to rest in a week or so.”

For the men, Rankin won two of three individual event, claiming victories in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:10.48) and 200-meter individual medley (2:29.53).He also had a runner-up finish in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:40.98).

He also teamed with Daya, Isak Alin and Logan Schroer to win the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:55.46.

“Freddie Rankin has swum well for us all season and I’m excited to see what he can do going forward,” said Breen. “To watch our seniors improve over the course of their careers, that’s what it’s all about for me.”

The Fightin’ Quakers’ 200-meter freestyle relay of Alin, Daya, Mac Warncke and Aaron Polk won their event with a time of 1:45.83.

For the women, Macki Leon won all three individual events she competed in – the 200-meter freestyle (2:19.92), the 200-meter backstroke (2:39.54) and the 200-yard IM (2:42.38).

She also teamed with Margaret Hover, Hannah Davis and Herr to win the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 2:01.53.

“Mackie Leon is really racing well,” said Breen. “The 200-meter freestyle was the best of her in-season career thus far.”

Kadie Grundy was the other Fightin’ Quaker to win an event, taking the title in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:17.24.

O’Donnell, swimming for the final time in the Wilmington Natatorium, finished with two solid times in distance races – 10:45.45 in the 800-meter freestyle and 5:17.36 in the 400-meter freestyle.

“Rachel O’Donnell had two great distance events for her,” Breen said. “To watch our seniors improve over the course of their careers, that’s what it’s all about for me.”

Wilmington heads to John Carroll University for an OAC dual next weekend before hosting the OAC Swimming & Diving Championships in Akron on Feb. 14-16.

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