An unusual double home weekend for the Hillsdale College women's swimming team got off to a flying start Friday night.
The Charger swimmers defeated Tiffin and Albion College Friday night by scores of 128-47 and 111-103, respectively.
Out of the nine individual events, Hillsdale took first places in eight. Sophomore Zoe Hopkins started the meet out strong with a first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle breaking the 11-minute barrier for the second time this season. Junior Jordan Rucinski finished with a close second in that race.
"We had a great night," said coach Kurt Kirner. "Most athletes swam in different events for them, which allowed us to try some different lineups, with secondary-event emphasis."
Junior Rachael Kurtz followed suit in the 200 freestyle with her own first-place finish with a time of 1:59.73. Shje was the only swimmer in the meet to break the 2-minute barrier in the event. The highest scoring event of the night for the Chargers occurred in the 50 Freestyle with the Chargers sweeping the top three places, led by sophomore Alissa Jones, with senior Hayley Johnson, and senior Megan Smith following in the race.
Freshman Emily Balog answered in the 200 IM with a first-place finish and time of 2:15.93. Sophomore Jennifer Wheeler then took first in the 200 butterfly (2:14.93) while junior Ali Bauer and senior Hayley Johnson placed first and second in the 100 freestyle.
Senior Kate Smith dropped an impressive four seconds in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:18.83. Junior Ali Bauer also dropped three seconds in the 200 breaststroke for a first-place finish. Freshman Emily Shallman picked up her first career win, coming in the 500 free with a time of 5:24.72, while teammate Naofa Noll took second in that event.