Men’s and women’s swimming takes fourth at Conference

Tyler Gasper

(Photo by Jack Canfield)

The men and women of the Lawrence University swim team performed well last weekend, Feb. 17-19, at the Midwest Conference Championships. Both the Lawrence men and women took fourth place overall after events concluded, with the women accruing a total of 352 points and the men a total of 333 points.

On Friday, the men’s relay team, Peter Brengel, Pat Vincent, Walker Brengel and Charlie Mann, took third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a combined time of 1:28.33. Brengel also took fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle.

On the women’s side, Taylor Winter and Hannah Gabriel took first and second place in the 500-yard freestyle with times of 5:10.75 and 5:10.96. Both Winter and Gabriel finished the event much faster than they were seeded. Winter finished the event nearly 10 seconds faster than she was seeded, while Gabriel finished the event about 12 seconds faster.

On Saturday, the men’s relay team consisting of Brengel, David Dulak, Vincent and Mann took third place in the 200-yard medley relay with a final time of 1:39.71. Brengel continued to perform well, taking first place with a time of 53.25 in the 100-yard backstroke.

For the women, a relay team consisting of Chelsea Hameister, Julia Heller, Winter and Gabriel swam for second place in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a final time of 8:01.12. Gabriel also performed well in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming for a time of 1:56.71 and taking first place.

On Sunday, Brengel took second place in the 200-yard backstroke after swimming for a final time of 1:56.93. Winter took second place in the 1650-yard freestyle after finishing the event with a time of 17:52.52, while Gabriel took second place with a time of 55.23 in the 100-yard freestyle. A women’s relay team comprised of Gabriel, Hameister, Heller and Winter finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a combined time of 3:43.58.