The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams gave a strong performance on Saturday,
Oct. 28, against the St. Ambrose Bees and the Midland Warriors.
Loras had a huge lead in the beginning, as both the women and men won their 400-yard medley relay events.
With a time of 4:46.53, the winning women’s team was composed of senior Rachel Prendergast, junior Kaitlyn LaGrange, junior Natalie Shannon and first-year Cathleen Edahl was the lone relay for the women. Duhawks’ first-years John Lynch and AJ Gainer teamed up with seniors Mac Faldet and Ike Casey to steal the show for the men in a time of 3:42.73.
The Duhawks continued to capture more wins, starting with LaGrange swimming her way to a victory in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle (also known as “the mile”). She also claimed gold in the women’s 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:41.76, while first-year Sarah Shafer came in second place with a time of 5:46.55. Shafer also took a victory in the women’s 400-yard individual medley in a time of 5:05.16, her best time so far this season.
Junior Kasey Jacobson also showed strong performances, taking the W in the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:10.08. Sophomore Jenn Young followed right behind her in a time of 2:10.19. Jacobson also captured a victory in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, with first-year Harriet Siegrist right behind her in a time of 1:21.18.
It was back and forth for each team, with St. Ambrose’s Nathan Kuszynski swimming well in the men’s 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley. He also won the men’s 100-yard backstroke. Midland’s Nick D’Andrea claimed a win in the men’s 1,650-yard freestyle.
The Duhawks continued to try and swim their way to the top, as junior Mac Faldet won the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:00.14. Senior Kim Breaux also claimed a victory in the women’s 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:04.18.
Redshirt senior Ike Casey grabbed another win in the men’s 100-yard freestyle, cranking it out in a time of 47.57. The Duhawk women showed another strong performance in their relays, with Shafer, Young, Breaux and Jacobson claiming gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:58.82, claiming another season best for that relay so far.
It was a close meet between all three teams, but the Duhawks won it all. On the men’s side, they did finish ahead of Midland, but St. Ambrose took first place.
Next, the swimming and diving teams will be face off against the Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks, who have a 3-1 record so far. They will compete at the San Jose Pool in Dubuque on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
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.