The 2013-14 season got off to a tough start for the Hillsdale College swimming team Friday night, losing to visiting Northern Michigan University 130-75 at the Jack McAvoy Natatorium.
The team is back in action at Lewis University Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.
The Chargers took first places in two events in its opener, courtesy of sophomore Jennifer Wheeler and junior Racael Kurtz. Wheeler, an accomplished distance swimmer, took first place in the 1000 free with a time of 10:52.98. The Chargers performed well in this event, taking three of the top four places, with sophomores Zoe Hopkins and Hannah Leitner also finishing strong.
Kurtz, a multiple-record holder at Hillsdale, won the 100 free in 55.53 seconds. She was one of the team's top scorers at the meet, taking second in the 50 free and anchoring the 200 free relay team's time of 1:42.54. That team lost its race by just 0.11 seconds.
"We were considerably overmatched tonight and did not swim well as a team," said coach Kurt Kirner. "Without our No. 1 backstroker out, we were swept in in the 200 Medley Relay and 100 Back events. "Our 100 breaststrokers had very nice times. We were overall not aggressive enough to get into some big races."