Record-breaking weekend for swim team

Loras Swimming and Diving traveled up to Rochester, MN, this past weekend for a three day swim meet. They competed over the weekend at the Rochester Invitational, which featured a combination of Division I, II and III schools that included 12 women’s teams and nine men’s teams.

Starting off Day One, junior Kaitlyn LaGrange and senior Natalie Shannon posted personal and season bests in the women’s 500-yard freestyle, pulling in with times of 5:35.34 and 5:55.00, respectively. In the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay, the team of seniors Ike Casey and Mac Faldet along with first-years John Lynch and AJ Gainer showed a strong performance, coming in fourth place out of the 20-other relays.

On the second day, the team of Lynch, Faldet, sophomore Brandon Pillars, and Casey, claimed the fifth place spot in the men’s 200-yard medley relay. With a time of 1:34.51, they broke the school record previously set last year at the Liberal Arts Championship meet.

Redshirt senior Ike Casey continues to break records for Loras. Taking first place in the men’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.00, he broke his previous record that he set last season.

First-year Sarah Shafer also made outstanding progress, as she swam into eighth place with a time of 58.11 in the women’s 100-yard backstroke. She also broke the record in that event, which was previously set last season by junior Kasey Jacobson.
Lynch also made great personal strokes, placing sixth in the men’s 200-yard butterfly and also broke the school’s record with a time of 1:58.15.

Junior Mac Faldet dominated his school record that he previously set last year. Placing first in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.68, he out touched his competition by a full second.

On the third and final day, Shafer still held on strong. Taking 10th overall in the women’s 100-yard butterfly, she clocked in at 58.58 and broke another school record.

Casey also sprinted to the top, claiming gold in the men’s 100-yard freestyle. Other top performances include Faldet taking third in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke, and the relay of Gainer, Lynch, Faldet, and Casey capturing sixth in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay.

“Our team overall made our name known by some of the impactful swims we had,” Shannon said. “Ike, Sarah, John, Kim, Mac are just a couple of people who had some amazing swims, either placing at Rochester or breaking our own pool records. The majority of our team had personal bests and/or season bests, so I would say that overall it was a very successful weekend.”

The Duhawks will take a break from competitions for this month, as they gear up for their training trip to Jupiter, FL, in a few short weeks. Their next meet will be against the Luther Norse on Saturday, Jan. 10, here at the San Jose Pool.

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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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