January 12, 2013 - If it felt like the Hillsdale College women's swimming team went from a plane that took off from Florida, back to Michigan then right back on a bus, that's because it's what it did.
Shortly after returning from a one-week training trip in Florida, the Chargers wasted little time in resuming its season, losing to the University of Indianapolis (150-89) and defeating William Jewell College (157-61) in a tri-meet Saturday afternoon at Wabash College in Indiana.
The team will be back home for its final meet of the season inside the Jack McAvoy Natatorium Friday in a GLIAC dual meet with Ashland University starting at 6 p.m.
The Chargers were shut out of any first-place finishes at the meet, but came up with a number of noteworthy finishes.
Senior Sarah Leitner picked up a second-place finish in the 50 free, narrowly missing first with a time of 25.32 seconds.
Freshman Sarah Rinaldi, one of the top rookie performers in the conference, earned second places in the 200 IM and the 200 breaststroke events.
Two of the team's relay teams also finished in second: the 400 free relay (Sami Ward, Hayley Johnson, Lauren Burt and Rachael Kurtz) and the 400 medley relay (Leitner, Cayley Cruickshank, Jennifer Wheeler and Kurtz).
One of the most competitive races in the meet was the 200 butterfly. Strong times were recorded by Wheeler (2:15.92) and Naofa Noll. The top three times in that race were separated by less than 3/4 of a second.