November 3, 2012 - Meet by meet, the Hillsdale College women's swimming team is improving, and finding more and more success.
The Chargers won both ends of a tri-meet at home Saturday afternoon, defeating GLIAC foes Findlay 135-105, and Malone 190-19 to improve their conference record to 3-2 on the season. Hillsdale is back home Friday night, hosting Olivet and Ohio Northern at 6 p.m.
"Overall it was a great team effort," said coach Kurt Kirner. "Our depth helped us an early deficit."
The team rang up a few more first places in the meet, led by one of its veterans and some of its young, promising athletes.
Senior Sarah Leitner, the only current member of the team to have participated in a national meet, won the 200 back and 50 free, while sophomore Rachael Kurtz was victorious in her specialty, the 100 free, with a time of 53.66 seconds.
Hillsdale went 1-2-3 in the 500 free, led by Jordan Rucinski's winning time of 5:24.1. Freshman Jennifer Wheeler had another strong day in the pool, placing second in the 500 free and 200 butterfly events. Junior Becca Remmes was also part of a 1-2 finish in the 200 back, finishing the race in 2:14.08. Freshman Hannah Leitner wrapped up Hillsdale's sweep in the 500, taking third in the race.
Freshman Sarah Rinaldi was a winner for the third time in three collegiate meets, winning the 200 IM with a season-best time of 2:11.82. Sophomore Gretchen Geist was also a winner in the one-meter diving competition.