October 20, 2012 - Competing at home for the first time this season, the Hillsdale College swimming team showed terrific progress from its first meet of the season, and recorded its first win.
The Chargers won one part of a tri-meet with GLIAC rivals Lewis and Grand Valley State University Saturday afternoon. Hillsdale defeated the Flyers 160-63, but lost to the Lakers 151-88. Hillsdale is off for two weeks until its next home meet, Nov. 3.
"For all the disappointing results we had the first week, we turned it around in every area this week," coach Kurt Kirner said. "We gave Grand Valley some really good races. There's no question we have a stronger and deeper team than last year."
Kirner's freshman class is making an early impact on this season, and leading the way among that group was Jennifer Wheeler (pictured) and Sarah Rinaldi. Wheeler took second in the 500 free and fourth in the 100 butterfly for Hillsdale. Meanwhile, Rinaldi won a race for the second time in two career meets, winning the 200 IM in 2:11.58. She later added a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and took fourth in the highly competitive 100 free.
Sophomore Rachael Kurtz also won for the second consecutive week, taking first in the 50 free with a time of 24.76. She later anchored the winning 200 free relay team, which won its race in 1:40.75. Sarah Leitner, Lauren Burt and Hayley Johnson joined Kurtz for the win.
Freshman Zoe Hopkins swam the 1000 freestyle for the first time in her life Saturday, and turned in an excellent performance with a second-placde time of 11:13.36.
Junior Becca Remmes also had a strong performance in the 100 backstroke, finishing in second place in that race. Remmes was also part of the 200 IM relay team that lost to the Lakers by just .01 second.