WC swimmers drop pair to JCU in preparation for OACs


UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS – The Wilmington College swim teams lost their final tuneups prior to the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 14-16.

The WC men were defeated by John Carroll 164.5 to 99.5 on Saturday while the women were defeated 156-95.

“Both teams continue to swim well as we finish the bulk of our seasonal training,” WC head coach Trip Breen said. “I am pleased with the progress we’ve made and look forward to continuing to work hard as the conference championships approach.”

The OAC Championships will be held at the University of Akron.

For the men, winners of five events against JCU, Isak Alin won two individual events, claiming first in the 100-yard butterfly (56.42) and the 100-yard IM (57.43).

Frederick Ranking tied with John Carroll’s Matthew Ramsey to win the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.95. He also finished second in the 100-yard IM with a time of 1:00.28. Polk was the other individual to win an event for Wilmington, taking the 500-yard freestyle (5:27.80) while Samuel Shanes finished second in the event (5:41.18).

The Quakers’ relay team of Alin, Mac Warncke, Polk and Lawrence Daya won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.55. George Rickett, Robbie Mihalko, Mike Austin and Jared Shoemaker finished just over nine seconds behind in second place.

Logan Schroer finished second in three events, the 100-yard freestyle (51.50), 200-yard freestyle (1:52.40) and 100-yard butterfly (58.58).

“It’s now time to fine tune some things as we begin resting for the OAC Championships,” said Breen.

For the women, Margaret Hover won the 500-yard freestyle (5:49.42) as well as finishing second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:01.11) to record season-best times in both events.

Macki Leon also won an event and finished runner-up in another, placing first in the 100-yard IM (1:06.86) and taking second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.70). Maryn Herring was the other Quaker to win an individual event – the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.16.

Wilmington picked up a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Hover, Hannah Davis, Herring and Leon teamed up to post a time of 1:49.67. The Quaker team of Ellyse Herr, Rachel O’Donnell, Laura Swinehart and Kassidy Rogers finished a little over 10 seconds behind in second place.

O’Donnell (6:20.51 in the 500-yard freestyle), Davis (1:11.15 in the 100-yard butterfly) and Rogers (1:14.03 in the 100-yard IM) earned runner-up individuals finishes.

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