Loras swimming-and-diving teams fast off the blocks

The Duhawks’ 2014 season has started with a splash as both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams now stand at 2-0.

For their first meet of the season, which took place on Oct. 25, the Duhawks traveled to Ripon, WI, to take on Ripon College. The Duhawks didn’t let the traveling affect them, as their showing was spectacular. The men won in dominating fashion by a score of 129-56, while the women had a bit more trouble. They still managed to pull off the win, 111-89.

This past Friday, Coe College came to town for Loras’ first conference match-up of the year.

In front of their home crowd for the first time this season, the swimmers secured another win to continue their momentum.

The men once again dominated with a score of 151-50, while the women escaped in a back and forth competitive meet which saw them win 112-107.

While swimming is a team sport, some individuals have caught the eye of Coach Colin after the first two meets of the season.

On the men’s side, Colin named junior Zach Benson and sophomore Ike Casey as two athletes who have stood out.

In both meets, Benson finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke events and also grabbed a win as a part of the 200-yard medley relay team.

Casey took first in both meets in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, in addition to grabbing a win in the 50-free and two wins as a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay.

On the women’s side, Coach Colin mentioned his senior leaders, Lexie Mollahan and Claire Ehlbeck, who have used their experience to get off to a fast start on the season.

Mollahan has secured five first place finishes this season, all in different events. Her counterpart, Ehlbeck, had a first place finish in each meet, first in the 100-yard breast stroke and next in the 200-yard individual medley.

“I have been impressed with their training and they have been racing well because of it,” said Coach Colin. “We have a tremendous group of upperclassmen and that helps with the leadership on this team.”

The Duhawks look to keep their momentum going this Friday as they return to the pool in Rock Island, IL to take on Augustana College.

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