Duhawks just keep swimming
By Harriet Siegrist
DUBUQUE, IA. – Increasingly cold temperatures outside mean the advent of winter sports on campus, including Loras’ swim and dive season. On Nov. 2, Loras College Men’s and Women’s swim and dive team hosted a triangular meet against Iowa Central Community College and Illinois Institute of Technology at their home San Jose pool.
The men’s team went 28-173 against Iowa Central and 33-196 against IIT, while the women’s side went 87-120 against Iowa Central and 99-109 against IIT.
The Duhawks faced tough competition against the two teams, but despite the overall team losses, the teams were able to see multiple individual wins. Among the individual winners were junior Sarah Shafer taking the gold in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:07.63. First year Nina Schiro trailed closed behind, securing third place with a time of 2:10.22. Next up, sophomore Alex Nesset finished on top in the women’s one-meter dive event with a score of 69.75. Schiro was able to claim a victory of her own later in the day in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.74.
Other notable finishes on the women’s side were the 400-yard medley relay team of Schiro, Nesset, Shafer, and first year Kinsey Bogen, whom took second in the event in a time of 4:26.28. In the 1000-yard freestyle, first year Anette Volkova took third in a time of 12:20.98. Nesset claimed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 27.44, with junior teammate Cat Edahl following in fifth in a time of 28.10. In the 400-yard individual medley, junior Harriet Siegrist touched fifth in a time of 6:12.88 with first year Ellie McNeil following in sixth with 6:40.59. First year Amber Forbort claimed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with 1:13.60, and junior Brianna Gourley came behind in a 1:25.25, a time good enough for fifth place. Shafer placed second in the 100-yard freestyle at 57.47. In the 500-yard freestyle Bogen placed fifth in 5:59.44, with Volkova joining her close behind at 6:05.21. Siegrist claimed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:36.36. To close out the meet, the women were out-touched in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and the team of Volkova, Forbort, Edahl, and Bogen took third in 4:04.59.
Looking to the men’s side, there were no individual or relay wins for the day, but there were multiple close races and notable times. To start out the day, the 400-yard medley relay team of juniors John Lynch, Tim LaGrange, AJ Gainer, and first year Zach Nelson, touched fifth in a time of 3:59.45. In the 200-yard freestyle Lynch took eighth overall with a time of 2:02.53. In the 50-yard freestyle, Gainer placed 11, touching at 25.15. Nelson touched seventh in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:42.80. Lynch came back in the 100-yard butterfly to finish the race at 57.99, placing sixth. Gainer went 55.14 in the 100-yard freestyle to place ninth. Junior Ben Fogarty placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.02. Nelson returned to the water in the 500-yard freestyle to place sixth in 5:15.40. To finish off the individual events, LaGrange placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.17. The meet closed out with a seventh place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay with the team of Fogarty, sophomores Cole Rabedeaux, Jacob Priewe, and first year Chris Grunke, finishing in a time of 3:58.53.
“I think that we did well, despite not having the best time[s],” said Lynch, the men’s team captain, as he reflected on the meet. “I definitely think that we are coming together more as a team and we are all supporting one another and we are trying to lift everybody else up.”
Both teams will look for a win next weekend as they host another triangular dual at home against Knox College and Augustana College. The meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at the San Jose pool.