Swimming and diving places 6th at Liberal Arts Championships

Swimming and diving places 6th at Liberal Arts Championships

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams put out impressive performances last week at the Liberal Arts Championships at Principia College. Both the men and women finished in 6th place overall, a solid finish considering the fair amount of competition they faced.

The men finished with a score of 289, scoring 478.8 points total. Zach Benson found success in the 200 individual medley, taking 4th with a time of 1:56.96. Mackenzie Faldet, in his first year with Loras, had some big performances for the team. Faldet finished 4th in the 50m freestyle with a time of 21.93 seconds, 2nd  in the 100m breast with a time of 56.99, and claimed another 2nd place in the 200m breast with a time of 2:06.76. Faldet is showing some strong skill and clear potential with the team moving forward.

John Maevski had an outstanding performance at the Championships, finishing 1st in the 1m dive with 487.05 points. He followed that up with another 1st place performance in the 3m dive with a score of 490.20 points. Maevski’s senior performance is one for the books as he finishes up his Loras career on a high note.

In addition to individual performances, the men found success in their relays as well. The 400m medley relay team consisting of Gregory Cormier, Mackenzie Faldet, Zachary Benson, and David Hayes finished 3rd overall with a time of 3:32.68. The 200m medley relay team composed of the same quartet of swimmers captured another 3rd place finish with a time of 1:36.82. The men’s impressive showing at the Liberal Arts Championships, gives a clue as to how prepared the team will be next season.

On the women’s side, the team found just as much success. The Duhawks finished with a score of 229, totaling 486.0 points. For the women, Kimberly Breaux had a solid championship performance, placing fourth in the 100m fly with a time of 59.80, and third in the 200m fly with a time of 2:14.08. With all this success coming after just her sophomore year, look for Breaux to make big impacts with the team in future competition.

Mikaela Lengwin contributed to the Duhawks’ achievement with her 2nd place finish in the 1m dive. She earned a score of 415.40, an impressive feat considering her freshman standing.

The women were prosperous in relay competition as well. The 800m free relay team consisted of Breaux, Heather Black, Rachel Prendergast and Kasey Jacobsen. They took 3rd overall with a time of 8:14.56. The Duhawks came together to make a solid run at the Liberal Arts Championships.

Both the men and women ended the Liberal Arts Championships with great accomplishments, making a name for the team and proving that there is much potential yet to be tapped for these talented athletes. The Duhawks hope to see similar big achievements and recognition next season.

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