The swimming and diving teams took on the Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks this past Saturday, Nov. 4, at their home San Jose pool. Both the men’s and women’s teams recorded identical 140-79 losses for the Duhawks.
Going into the meet, Loras knew the Hawks were difficult competition. At the start, juniors Kasey Jacobson and Kaitlyn LaGrange along with first-year Sarah Shafer and senior Natalie Shannon claimed a second place spot in the women’s 400-yard medley relay. The men also captured silver in the same event with redshirt senior Ike Casey, junior Mac Faldet, sophomore Brandon Pillars, and senior Danny Cepeda in a time of 3:45.88.
Event after event, the Scarlet Hawks swept the gold from the Duhawks in the relay categories. Still, senior Kim Breaux took victory in the first individual event of the afternoon, the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 20:14.91, making it her season best so far.
In the men’s 200-yard freestyle, Casey took a three second lead, resulting in a victorious time of 1:46. 68. He also grabbed a win in the men’s 100-yard freestyle in 46.66 seconds, out touching Scarlet Hawk’s Karsen Diepholz by a solid five seconds.
Shafer continued to show strong performances, capturing first in the women’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.59 seconds. She included another victory to her name over the weekend in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:18. 63.
Other wins included divers junior Mikaela Lengwin and sophomore Nicholas Baron dominated in the 1-meter diving, with respective scores of 175.85 and 127.60.
Mac Faldet also kicked his way to more victories this season, pushing his way to first in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke and capturing that win by over 10 seconds from the second place finisher.
By the end of the meet, the Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks continued to roll in more victories, taking first and second place in both the women’s and men’s 400-yard freestyle relay.
“I thought the team swam really well. We had some great individual races in some different events, and I hope it is something that we can continue to build on for the rest of the season,” said head coach Ben Gill. “I always enjoy strong competition, such as Illinois Tech, as it continues to push our swimmers to do their very best every weekend.”
Although there were some outstanding swims, it was not enough for a Duhawk win. The Scarlet Hawks took the meet overall in a 140 to 79 victory.
The team will road trip to Lincoln, NE, this Friday and Saturday to take on Nebraska Wesleyan.
Kaitlyn LaGrange is a sophomore majoring in Media Studies and Public Relations at Loras College. She is the producer and anchor for LCTV's Sports Shorts. Kaitlyn is on the Loras Swimming and Diving Team, Wind Ensemble, and a writer for The Lorian.