02/16/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/16/2020 23:30
GRINNELL, Iowa- The Illinois College swimming and diving teams wrapped up the Midwest Conference Championships on Sunday like they started it on Friday, with the Lady Blues securing a fifth-place finish (283 points) and the Blueboys wrapping up the competition in sixth place (209 points). On the final day of the MWC Championships, the two teams combined for another three school records.
Prelims started the morning off as six Illinois College swimmers moved into the night's finals. In the 200 Backstroke, qualified for the 'B' final with a time of 2:03.45. In that same event, Kate Edelstein went to the 'A' final of the women's race after a 2:16.95, the third-best time ever for the Lady Blues. Lindsay Bruce also moved on, going to the 'B' final after a 2:27.47.
The other 'A' finalist for IC was Hannah Marks. Looking to win her third straight MWC title in the 200 Breaststroke, she was the top qualifier in the event after prelims, swimming a 2:24.68 which was the second-best time in school history for the event. Two more 'B' finalists for IC were Marjori Russo in the 100 Freestyle (57.05) and in the 200 Butterfly (2:07.22).
The morning session and evening session was bridged by the 1650 Freestyle. set a new school record and finished eighth for the Blueboys with a time of 17:01.63. had the second-fastest time in program history with a 17:10.03, finishing 10th overall. also scored for the IC men's team, securing 14th place with a 17:40.23.
Over on the women's side, Caitlyn Gallagher finished 13th overall in the 1650 Freestyle after a time of 19:51.44 that was the second-best in program history. Cassie Reeve added points for the Lady Blues with a 16th-place finish of 20:20.88 that was the fourth-best time ever for the IC women.
Of the six individual races that followed, Illinois College had the winner in three of them. It started in the men's 200 Backstroke as Williams lowered his time to 2:02.90 and won the 'B' final with the fourth-best time in school history, finishing ninth overall. In the women's race, Edelstein finished seventh (2:17.15) and Bruce ended in 16th (2:26.69).
Another two wins followed that one as Russo set another new school record in the 100 Freestyle for the Lady Blues, winning the 'B' final by clocking in at 55.81. Then it was Marks' turn. Looking for a three-peat for the second night in a row, the senior won the 'A' final of the 200 Breaststroke in 2:24.75 to go out on top.
The final individual event for Illinois College featured Lorett taking 12th place in the 200 Butterfly (2:07.29).
The 400 Freestyle Relay brought the MWC Championships to a close. The men swam first and the team of Howey, Lorett, Williams and Ambre finished in seventh place with a time of 3:21.90, fourth-best in school history for the Blueboys. Capping the meet on a high note, the women's 400 Freestyle Relay team of Marks, Edelstein, Bruce and Russo set a new school record of 3:48.28, finishing in fourth place.
Below are the final team standings of the MWC Championships:
|1. Grinnell College||915.5|
|2. Lake Forest College||687.5|
|3. St. Norbert College||516|
|4. Monmouth College||344.5|
|5. Lawrence University||339|
|6. Illinois College||209|
|7. Beloit College||196|
|8. Ripon College||170.5|
|9. Knox College||44|
|1. Lake Forest College||898|
|2. Grinnell College||879.5|
|3. Lawrence University||429.5|
|4. St. Norbert College||315|
|5. Illinois College||283|
|6. Monmouth College||218|
|7. Ripon College||213|
|8. Knox College||191|
|9. Beloit College||112|