The men’s and women’s swim teams went to Carthage College this past weekend and performed extremely well in the midst of preparing for the conference championships. The men took third place and the women placed second overall.Leading the men this past Saturday were junior Matt Yauch and freshman Nick Johnson in the 200-yard breaststroke. They took second and third, respectively, with times of 2:24.88 and 2:24.91. Junior Kyle Griffin also put in a strong individual performance in the mile with a third place finish and a time of 17:42.37.
The relay teams performed strongly as well — the 800-yard freestyle relay team took second place with a time of 8:07.13.
The women finished only behind Carthage College and were led by both record-breaking individual performances and strong relay performances. Junior Mandy Schlais and freshman Rebecca Hamlyn took second and third in the 100-yard butterfly with times of 1:03.60 and 1:04.57. Junior Hayley Vatch set a record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:18.73 and also broke the meet record in the mile, finishing in a time of 18:24.62. The women’s 800-yard freestyle relay team also swam strongly as they took second place with a time of 8:42.52.
The Lawrence men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs now begin to look towards the Midwest Conference Championships, which are being held at Lawrence from February 15-17 starting at 10 a.m.