Loras swimming team falls to Ripon in home opener

The Duhawks swimming and diving team made a splash at their home opener on Saturday against the Ripon Redhawks.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the men and women’s swimming and diving teams competed against Ripon at the San Jose Pool.

Diving into the meet, both the men’s and women’s teams won in the 200-yard medley relay. With a time of 2:06.05, first-years Sarah Shafer and Harriet Siegrist, as well as seniors Kim Breaux and Natalie Shannon aided in the women’s relay. For the men, first-year John Lynch,  sophomore Brandon Pillars, junior Mac Faldet and senior Danny Cepeda captured the win with a time of 1:43.74.

Loras continued to post firsts in various events. For the women, Junior Kaitlyn LaGrange took first in the women’s 1000-yard freestyle. Clocking in at a time of 11:56.80, she clenched the win by 2 seconds. She also claimed first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:51.25. First-year Manuel Gudino also dove into the distance event, taking third place with a time of 12:12.92.

With the team trying to stay on top, Loras junior Kasey Jacobson swam her way into second place for the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:12.75, just behind the Ripon newcomer Cierra Boutelle. Shafer took the win in two other events. Sprinting in a time of 25.93 in the 50-yard freestyle, she out-touched Ripon’s Lateesha Hiser. She also took the win in the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:02.24.

Other top finishes throughout the meet included Duhawk’s senior Ike Casey, who grabbed two victories in the 50- and-100-yard freestyle, with times of 20.92 and 46.47. Juniors Mikaela Lengwin and Nick Baron took first-place honors for the women’s and men’s 1-meter diving. Junior Mac Faldet added some more Duhawk victories in the men’s 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:04.19 and the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 59.15. Senior Kim Breaux flew to the top in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.41.

Despite the many individual victories, Ripon lapped Loras, which ended up with team scores of 109 and 117 for men and women, respectively.

The Duhawks will hit the road to take on Coe College this Friday, Oct. 27, in Cedar Rapids, IA. That meet will start at 5 p.m. They will then take on Saint Ambrose and Midland in a triangular meet the following day here at San Jose Pool. Start time is 1 p.m.

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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.

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