Olivet earns respect with big wins
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013 at 8:35 AM
VALPARAISO, Ind. – It was a huge weekend for the inaugural installment of the Olivet Nazarene University women’s swim team. The Tigers handily defeated two NCAA Div. I schools, showing that the new program deserves a little respect. On Friday, Feb. 2 in front of a full house in their home Aquatics Center the Tigers defeated Valparaiso University (Ind.) 126-78, and then traveled to Valparaiso to defeat the Crusaders again 113-79 and Butler University (Ind.) 107-85.
Two freshmen, Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.) and Sydney Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.), led Olivet with three individual first place finishes each. Over the two day period, Weener won the 50-yard freestyle (24.91, 25.23) both days and the 100-yard freestyle (55.66) on Friday. Harris captured first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.32) on Friday, setting a new school record, and the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.36) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:28.66) on Saturday. Her 200-yard breast time was also a new school record.
Freshman Mary Wilson (Fort Collins, Colo.) touched in first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.32) on Friday, while junior Samantha Elam (Granada Hills, Cal.) took top honors in the 200-freestyle (2:00.20) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:24.97) on Saturday. Freshman Katelyn Jo Snyder (Lima, Ohio) also took first in the 100-freestyle (56.67) on Saturday.
The 400-yard medley relay team of Weener, Wilson, Harris and senior Melissa Wright (Bourbonnais, Ill.) set a new school record of 4:06.16 to start the meet on Friday, while the 400-yard freestyle relay of freshman Megan Casali (Mundelein, Ill.), sophomore Natalie VanDenack (Hastings, Mich.), Snyder and Elam took first with a 3:48.71 time.
On Saturday, the 200-freestyle relay team of Weener, Snyder, Wilson and VanDenack touched in at 1:42.67 for first place, while the 200-yard medley relay of Wilson, Harris, Wright and Weener also captured first with a time of 1:52.53.
The Tigers will travel to the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Championship at the Splash Aquatic Center in LaMirada, Cal. for their conference meet which will run from Feb. 13-16.