Strong swim team finish at Lake Forest

Kyle Nodarse

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs participated in a double duel this past weekend down in Lake Forest against Lake Forest College and Carroll University.
The women swam strong the whole day, eventually defeating Carroll 52-48, though they lost a close one to Lake Forest 49-53. The women opened with second- and fourth-place finishes in the 200-meter medley relay with times of 2:19.03 and 2:32.81.
They really got on a roll in the next event, the 800-meter freestyle, as Hayley Vatch and Jenna Budde took first and third. Vatch swam a 9:43.18 while Budde swam a 10:29.58.
More strong performances ensued when Sarah Bostrom and Chrissie Nelson swam into third and fourth place in the 200-meter freestyle. Diver Jessy Adams picked up a second-place finish with a total of 169.2 points on the 1-meter dive. Emily Mohr picked up a second place finish in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:07.39, and Becca Hamlyn followed suit with a second-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:17.05.
Vatch then won the 400-meter freestyle race in 4:45.43. The women capped off the meet with a second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 2:06.48.
The men also participated in a duel meet against Lake Forest and Carroll, and to their delight, they ended the weekend undefeated. The men defeated Carroll University 59-32 and followed that with a 54-40 victory over Lake Forest.
The men opened with first- and third-place finishes in the 200-meter medley relay with times of 1:58.13 and 2:12.51. Peter Mohr swam a strong individual race in the 200-meter freestyle, taking second place in 2:15.73.
Collin McCanna followed that up with a second-place finish of his own in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.74, while Nick Johnson took first in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:27.96.
To follow Johnson’s victory, the Lawrence men won the next three events. Tom Smith swam a 1:07.76 in the 100-meter butterfly, Taylor Brengel swam the 100-meter freestyle in 57.81 and Peter Brengel swam the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.36.
The men continued to swim strongly to close the meet, as Nick Johnson and Matt Yauch went first and second in the 100-meter breaststroke. To end the meet, the men’s team took first and third in the 200-meter freestyle relay.
The swimming and diving programs traveled to UW-Oshkosh Wednesday for a duel meet, and they head to the Wisconsin Private College Championships this weekend in order to prepare for the MWC Championships held at Grinnell in February.