Olivet shows improvement; falls short against Wheaton
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9:13 AM
WHEATON, Ill. – The 200-yard medley relay team comprised of freshmen Mary Wilson, Sydney Harris, sophomore Natalie VanDenack and anchored by freshman Kelsey Weener captured the first ever first place finish by the Olivet Nazarene University women’s swim team, finishing in 1:50.80 over host Wheaton College (Ill.) to kick off the meet on Saturday, Dec. 8. At the end of the day, however, the Tigers found themselves behind146-111.
The foursome also had impressive individual races throughout the day. Wilson (Fort Collins, Colo.) took the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle (1:01.20), while finishing second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:16.60). She also swam the opening leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay which came in 10 seconds ahead of the Thunder’s team, finishing at 3:42.70. Wilson teamed up with freshman Katelyn Jo Snyder (Lima, Ohio), junior Samantha Elam (Granada Hill, Cal.) and Weener.
Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) captured her first top finish as a Tiger in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.35) with teammate Samantha Neil (Austin, Texas) coming in right behind (1:11.38). Harris then captured her second individual title in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.02) with Neil finishing fourth(2:38.02). Harris also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.26), with freshman Randi Mortimer (Rapid City, S.D.) finishing fourth (2:24.15).
Weener (Holland, Mich.) captured first place in the 50-yard freestyle ( 24.87) and second in the 100-yard freestyle (55.88) with Van Denack (Hastings, Mich.) coming in forth (56.38). Van Denack also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 1:01.87.
In the distance races, Elam captured first place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:24.18) with Snyder taking fifth (5:45.27). Elam also swam the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing third overall (11:03.64).
The Tigers will host their first ever home meet at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 against Robert Morris University (Ill.) in the Aquatics Center of the new Student Life and Recreation Center.