The Hillsdale College swim team made a statement as a team with their swims over the weekend competing at the University of Chicago Invitational. With their extra rest, Coach Kirner described their swims as "exceptional". Though only winning 2 events, the Chargers used their depth to their advantage for a second place finish.
The Chargers started the weekend Friday night with a second place finish and season top time in the 400 Medley Relay courtesy of sophomore Sarah Rinaldi, junior Cayley Cruickshank, freshman Emily Shallman, and junior Rachael Kurtz. The 200 Free Relay finished third with a season best time swum by Shallman, junior Jordan Rucinski, senior Hayley Johnson, and freshman Alissa Jones. The distance swimmers then took the pool for the 1650 Freestyle with a third place finish by sophomore Zoe Hopkins who dropped over a minute for a season best time and a fifth place finish and season best time for freshman Kylie Powrie.
Saturday, the team came to the pool with more fire. Sophomore Sarah Rinaldi then splashed her way to a first place tie in the 200 IM dropping six seconds for a season best time of 2:07.75. Freshman Emily Shallman backed her up with her own season top time and a sixth place finish. Rinaldi answered her first place finish with a second place finish and season best time in the 100 breaststroke while Cruickshank came in third, junior Ali Bauer fourth, and freshman Emily Balog seventh making it the high scoring individual event for the Chargers.
Hillsdale finished the meet strong Sunday with more dropped times and top eight finishes. The 200 Free Relay placed fourth and fifth. The breaststrokers had another great day in the 200 event with a second place finish by Balog, third place finish by Bauer, and sixth place finish by Cruickshank. Kurtz had the other first place finish for the chargers in the 50 freestyle with her own season best time of 24.04 while placing third in the 100 freestyle with another top time. Rinaldi finished off her impressive weekend with a fourth place finish in the 100 butterfly, with sophomore Naofa Noll coming in sixth. Other impressive swims came from sophomore Jennifer Wheeler with a fourth place finish and time drop in the 200 freestyle, Kurtz with a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle, and Hannah Leitner who dropped over ten seconds in her fifth place finish in the 400 IM. The relay teams did their job again with two third place finishes in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.
The Chargers are next in action when they take on the University of Indianapolis January 11th at U of Indy.