Making a splash

The Loras Swim and Dive team traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to compete in a four-day meet at Coe College for the Liberal Arts Championships. From breaking records, to making the podium, the team posted multiple best times and personal awards.

On the men’s side, senior Nick Baron sprang to the top, taking home gold in both the men’s one meter and three meter diving. With scores of 372.80 and 372.85 respectively, he was awarded “Men’s Diver of the Meet”. Other Duhawk accomplishments came from senior Mac Faldet, placing first on not only the men’s 100 Breaststroke, but the 200 Breaststroke as well. The time of 56.70 shattered the Coe College pool record in the 100. Sophomore Tim LaGrange also joins Faldet on the podium for both Breaststroke events, placing sixth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. Sophomore John Lynch also raced his heart out, by making the podium and taking second place in both the men’s 100 and 200 Butterfly. With times of 51.98 and 1:55.97 respectively, Lynch shattered his previously held 200 Butterfly school record. The relay of Faldet, LaGrange, Lynch, and AJ Gainer paced their way to the top three in the men’s 200 Medley Relay in a time of 1:38.01.

For the women, senior diver and team captain Mikaela Lengwin dominated on the boards. She took the win not only for one meter diving, but for three meter as well, scoring 450.45 and 482.30 respectively. Both scores broke the Coe College pool records. Lengwin was awarded “Women’s Diver of the Meet”, and qualifies for Regionals, making her a step closer to qualifying for the NCAA Division 3 National Championships.

The relay of junior Logan Eckhardt, first-year Tessa Orozco, sophomore Sarah Shafer, and first-year Alex Nesset captured second place in the 200 Freestyle Relay. With a time of 1:39.85, they made the podium and broke the school record. Eckhardt, Shafer, and Orozco also helped the lady Duhawks in another record breaking relay, along with junior Jenn Young in the women’s 400 Medley Relay. Making it to the top and taking the gold, they post a final time of 4:03.59. And not just that, the women’s 200 Medley Relay of Eckhardt, Shafer, Young, and Nesset make it to the podium again, and place third with a time of 1:50.45 while breaking another school record. The relays just keep going and going, in another school record breaker for the women’s 400 Freestyle Relay. With a time of 3:40.76, Eckhardt, Orozco, Nesset, and Shafer, they capture another bronze medal.

For individual events on the women’s side, Shafer sprinted her way to the top, and taking a W in the women’s 100 Backstroke. She also finished second place finish in the women’s 50 Freestyle with a time of 24.16, and broke her previous school record that she set last year. Shafer continues to make her way to the top eight, along with Orozco. In the women’s 100 Butterfly, they capture second and sixth place respectively. Orozco also took home a fourth place finish in the women’s 200 Butterfly in a time of 2:18.24. Senior Kaitlyn LaGrange made her way to the podium in the women’s 400 Individual Medley. With a time of 5:01.22, she placed fourth overall. In the women’s 100 Breaststroke, Eckhardt also brings it in with a fourth place finish with a time of 1:09.41.

Overall, the Duhawk women’s team placed second for the meet with a score of 430 points, and the men’s team placed sixth with 325 points.

“I have never seen such growth than what I saw from this team this year. I couldn’t be more proud as a senior captain and am excited to see what these fish continue in the years to come.” –Mikaela Lengwin

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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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