January 26, 2013 - The Hillsdale College women's swimming team made it two wins in a row, in non-league action Saturday afternoon at Kalamazoo College.
The Chargers came out on the victorious end of a 142-134 meeting with Kalamazoo. Hillsdale will next hit the water for the 2013 GLIAC championships, hosted by Ashland University, starting Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Both of these freshmen are no strangers to first place this season, and each turned in strong performances.
Hopkins won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:20, while Rinaldi took first in the 200 IM in 2:13. Senior Catherine Shilka added a victory in the 100 back as well.
"Again, no dominant individuals, just great team depth," said Charger head coach Kurt Kirner.
As in last week's one-point win over Ashland, Hillsdale's depth was a key factor in the win. Although the Chargers took just five individual first-places in the meet, the Chargers rang up points with a barrage of seconds-and-third in the same events. Those events included the 1000 free (Mikalah Smith and Sami Ward), 100 breaststroke (Cayley Cruickshank and Katie Smith), and the 200 back (Rinaldi and Becca Remmes).
Sophomore Gretchen Geist was also the winner in the 1-meter diving event with 252 points.
The 200 free relay tam of Leitner, Lauren Burt, Ward and Kurtz earned the team a big first-place with a time of 1:41.17, beating Kalamazoo by just .13 seconds in a dramatic finish.