Men’s and women’s swimming make a splash in season opener

The Loras swimming and diving teams competed in two different meets within the past week, visiting both Coe and Augustana. At Coe, the men were defeated 121-83, and the women faced a 127-100 loss as well. Not all was lost in Cedar Rapids, however, as experienced Duhawks continued to improve, and new Duhawks showed that they’re ready to compete at the NCAA level.

For the men, senior John Maevski set the tone by clinching two new records in the Coe Natatorium. In the 1m dive, Maevski scored a 278.1, improving 116.9 points from his last outing and setting a new pool record. In the 3m dive, Maevski continued on pace, scoring a 277.65 and claiming another pool record. With these achievements, Maevski’s wins on the season goes up to four, and the senior continues to set the pace for the team.

Another senior Duhawk, Zach Benson, finished first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.25, also leading his team with performance and seniority. Rising first year Mac Faldet continued his strong start to the season, posting a 1:00.25 in the 100m breast. This marked his second win in two weeks, proving that he is a newcomer not to be messed with in the pool.

For the women, senior Elise Amo led by example as she improved about fourteen seconds from her previous time in the 1000m free with a time of 11:45.49, enough to earn her second place. The Duhawks also saw a big impact from young athletes including freshmen Kasey Jacobsen and Mikaela Lengwin. Jacobsen placed first in the 50m free with a time of 26.29, and Lengwin scored 221.50 points in the 1m dive to earn a first place finish. The young athletes continued to impress as sophomore Kim Breaux took second place in the 100m fly, posting a 1:04.24.

The Loras swimming and diving teams then made the journey down to Augustana for the Augustana Triangular. The men and women split the meet, losing to Augustana but defeating Knox.

Amo recorded another impressive performance as she posted a 5:48 in the 500m free, good enough for second place. Underclassmen once again proved their readiness for competition as Breaux improved in the 200m free with a time of 2:07.73, securing a second place finish. She continued her streak with a season best in the 50m freestyle and a strong performance in the 100m fly with a second place time of 1:03.48. Jacobsen posted a 1:05.15 in the 100m backstroke and won the event, continuing her hot streak.

For the men, it was a day for the seniors as Maevski and Zach Benson both recorded impressive performances. Maevski posted a 312.25 in the 3m dive, just 12 points short of the school record set by Maevski himself last year. Benson recorded another outstanding performance in the 100m fly, posting a time of 55.33 and continuing his win streak.

A busy weekend for the Duhawks resulted in competition that strengthened the team and helped them jump back into NCAA competition. With a strong group of seniors and shining underclassmen, look for both programs to be making big splashes in competition very soon, pun intended.

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