The Hillsdale College swim team finished their season with a 6th Place finish at the GLIAC Championships in Cleveland, Ohio with 337 points.
Wayne State was crowned conference champions with 959 points. Grand Valley State took second, followed by Northern Michigan, Ashland and Findlay.
In the final day of swimming the Chargers placed three new school records. Starting off the meet was a shattered school record in the 1650 Freestyle courtesy of sophomore Zoe Hopkins who placed third with a Division II B cut. Hopkins broke her own school record by 23 seconds. Following her with another B cut was freshman Kylie Powrie placing seventh. Sophomore Hannah Leitner placed 16th with her own season best time.
Rachael Kurtz then broke her own school record and received a Division II B cut in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 51.19 coming in third place. Sophomore Naofa Noll then swam to a 15th place finish in the 200 Backstroke. Freshman Emily Balog swam to her own school record in the 200 Breaststroke with a 13th place finish and a time of 2:24.28.
Finishing off the meet was a sixth place finish in the 400 Free Relay swum by freshman Emily Shallman, sophomore Jennifer Wheeler, Powrie, and Kurtz.
The third day of competition at the GLIAC championships went down as the most emotional for the Chargers.
The school record in the 500 free took a beating, with sophomore Zoe Hopkins initially breaking the record in the morning session. That record stood for just a few hours, when teammate Kylie Powrie set it with a mark of 5:01.38, good for second overall in the event. Hopkins wasn't far behind, placing third at 5:01.64, which was three seconds faster than her morning time in the same event.
Another emotional moment came when senior Becca Remmes, one of the team's top swimmers who has been injured all season, competed in the 50 free time trial. Remmes would have been a high point-scorer for the Chargers this season were it not for her injury. But getting in the pool and finishing one last race proved to be an inspiration to her teammates.
Junior Jordan Rucinski and freshman Emily Shallman tied for 10th place with a season top time. Later, sophomore Jennifer Wheeler continued her great meet with a fifth place finish in the 200 Butterfly while sophomore Hannah Leitner placed 12th. Finishing out the night was the 800 Freestyle Relay which placed fifth.
After the second day of the 2014 GLIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, being held in Ohio, Hillsdale College sits in sixth place with 167 points.
The Charger swim team kept up their time drops Thursday in the second day of the GLIAC championships. The swimmers started off the meet placing fifth in the 200 Freestyle Relay via senior Hayley Johnson, sophomore Alissa Jones, sophomore Jennifer Wheeler, and junior Rachael Kurtz. The foursome imrpvoed on its seeded time by 2.3 seconds in the race.
Next, sophomore Sarah Rinaldi posted a season best time in the 100 Butterfly placing 14th while freshman Emily Shallman placed 15th with her own season best time.
Four chargers placed in the top 16 in the 200 Freestyle, making it the Chargers' most productive event of the day. Kurtz placed seventh while freshman Kylie Powrie placed 13th, sophomore Jennifer Wheeler placed 14th, and sophomore Zoe Hopkins placed 16th. Each swimmer posted their best time of the season in that event.
The Chargers closed out the night placing sixth in the 400 Medley Relay via Rinaldi, junior Cayley Cruickshank, Shallman, and Powrie.
The swimmers continue their quest tomorrow with prelims at 10:30 am.
The Charger swim team saw season best times all around Wednesday night as the first day of the GLIAC Championship came to a close. The finals began with the 1000 Freestyle and the distance swimmers swam to impress. Four swimmers made the top sixteen. Sophomore Zoe Hopkins placed third with a personal best time of 10:18.52. Following her were sophomore Jennifer Wheeler in sixth, freshman Kylie Powrie in twelfth, and junior Jordan Rucinski in thirteenth, with each swimmer posting a personal best time.
Next , sophomore Sarah Rinaldi posted a tenth place finish and a season top time in the 200 IM while freshman Emily Shallman posted her own season top time and a sixteenth place. Junior Rachael Kurtz then followed suit in the 50 Freestyle with a third place finish and season best time. Finishing out the night was a sixth place finish in the 200 Medley Relay by freshman Emily Balog, junior Cayley Cruickshank, Shallman, and Kurtz.
The Chargers return to the pool with prelims of the 400 IM, 100 Fly, and 200 Freestyle Thursday at 10:30 a.m.