November 4 - MIAA Athletes of the Week
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A hundredth of a second is what ultimately decided a women's swimming and diving dual meet between Division II Hillsdale College and Division III Albion College Friday night. The margin in the team scoring was just two points when the teams dove in the pool for the 200-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the night. Hillsdale achieved a time of 1:40.68 to edge Albion (1:40.69) to emerge with the meet, 141-130. Albion made a late charge to set up the thrilling ending to the meet. Albion outscored Hillsdale, 15-4, in the 200 breaskstroke with Kaitlind Hooper winning the event by one hundredth of a second over Courtney Swingewood (2:38.04-2:38.05) while Katy Henning scored in fourth place. Tia Ulieme won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.37 and Alexandra Horman was fourth (1:01.21) as Albion outscored Hillsdale, 11-8, in the event. Ulieme had a healthy ½ second lead over her opponent from Hillsdale at the finish. Samantha Swingewood and Courtney Swingewood finished first and third, respectively, in the 400 individual medley as Albion outscored Hillsdale, 12-7, in the event. Samantha Swingewood, swimming shortly after a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle, achieved a time of 4:45.96 to win the event by 4 ½ seconds over the runner-up from Hillsdale. Albion also enjoyed a 14-5 advantage in the 100 backstroke where Rileigh Eding dominated the field to win by nearly ¾ of a second. Eding set a winning time of 59.83 with Nicole McCann coming in third and Emily Merucci in fourth. Eding added a first place finish with Kathryn Henning, Horman and Hannah Erickson in the 400 medley relay. Eding's leadoff split of 1:004.6 set Albion on its way to a 4:05.59 finish which was nearly seven seconds ahead of Hillsdale. Albion started the meet with a 13-4 lead when the 'B' team of Merucci, Hooper, Ulieme and Allison Dasky finished third. Sarah Griffiths helped Albion edge Hillsdale, 10-9, in the 200 butterfly scoring with a first place performance, reaching the finish in 2:12.62. Rachel Stander was unopposed in 1-meter diving. Next up for Albion is a Nov. 8-9 quadrangular meet at Calvin University.
Did not compete. Alma will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 23 at Olivet.
Calvin defeated non-conference rival Wheaton (Il.) in a dual meet 185-89 Saturday at the Venema Aquatic Center. Ranked 17th in the College Swim Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll, Calvin took first place in 12 events in the meet. The Knights host a quadrangular Friday and Saturday with Albion, Carthage and Ohio Northern.
Hope recorded three runner-up performances en route to a third-place finish at the Davenport University Quad this weekend in Kentwood, Mich. Erin Emmert, Tarah Lang and Emma Schaefer all finished second in their respective events. Hope finished with 777 points in the two-day meet that included two NCAA Division II teams and one from NCAA Division III. Emmert placed runner-up in the 200 butterfly. The senior from Grand Blanc, Michigan clocked a second-place, 200-yard butterfly time of 2 minutes, 14.57 seconds. Schaefer posted a runner-up 200 individual medley swim of 2:12.04. The senior from DeWitt, Michigan also took third in the 400 IM at 4:44.79 and fourth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.12. Lang finished third in the 500 freestyle by swimming a time of 5:19.54. The freshman from Marshall, Michigan also came in fourth in the 200 freestyle at 1:59.66 and the 200 backstroke at 1:59.66.
The Hornets placed fourth overall at the Davenport Quad Meet at East Kentwood High School over the weekend. Erin Radermacher was the lone Hornet winner on Friday with a victory in the 50 Freestyle. Radermacher also won the 100 Freestyle on Saturday. Eve Petrie took first place in the 3-meter diving event on Saturday while placing third in the 1-meter. Camille Misra took second in the 100 Backstroke and teamed with Radermacher, Mary Trimble, and Kate Haywood in the 400 Free Relay to also take home second place. Kalamazoo will now host Illinois Tech on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Western Michigan University.
Olivet split a quad dual at Hillsdale College. The Comets beat Tiffin (Ohio), 125-93; and Ursuline (Ohio), 116.50-114.50, but lost to Hillsdale, 221-45; and Notre Dame (Ohio), 132-99. Senior Abbie Slater captured first-place on the one-meter (167.40 points) and three-meter (146.45 points) diving boards. Sophomore Kayla Eichaker placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (:58.36) and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.18). Sophomore Ally Smith was fourth in the 50-yard backstroke (:32.81).