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Charger Swimmers Finish 6th at 2017 GLIAC Championships

Freshman Danielle LeBleu swims in the 1000 free on the first day of the 2017 GLIAC Championships. Photo credit: Zoe Hopkins
Freshman Danielle LeBleu swims in the 1000 free on the first day of the 2017 GLIAC Championships. Photo credit: Zoe Hopkins

2017 GLIAC Championships Final Results

The Hillsdale College women's swimming team wrapped up its season with a sixth-place finish at the 2017 GLIAC Championships, hosted by Saginaw Valley State University.

Four long days of swimming concluded Saturday night with some notable performances turned in by the Chargers.

Sophomore Anika Ellingson gave herself a great chance to continue her season, with an NCAA B-cut time of 2:20.43 in the 200 breaststroke. That time was good for fourth place overall at the meet.

Sophomore teammate Suzanne DeTar also picked up a B-cut time in the 50 free, swimming a lifetime best 23.97 seconds.

Freshman Danielle LeBleu was part of two point-scoring finishes for Hillsdale. Individually, she was eighth in the 1650 free (17:39.22). She was also part of the last event of the meet, the 400 free relay, where she joined forces with Emily Shallman, Grace Houghton and DeTar, taking seventh with a time of 3:36.64.

Senior Mae Bass finished off her career with a life-time best by over eight seconds in the 200 breaststroke (2:31.42) for fifteenth place, earning critical points for the Chargers. Best times were swam by every charger in the 200 breaststroke. Theresa Smith dropped over four seconds (2:37.49), Peyton Bowen dropped almost ten seconds (2:40.18), and Kenzi Dickhudt dropped over three seconds (2.46.31).

The 100 freestyle saw time drops across the board. Catherine Voisin dropped over a half second (55.87), Alexandra Quada had an improvement of over three seconds (57.42), Senior Whitley Sowell broke the 1:00 mark (59.73), and Cayley McComb also dropped a half second (59.78).

Two more freshmen chargers swam season best times in the 200 backstroke. Allie Matti lost half a second (2:11.82), and Bailey Bickerstaff dropped over two seconds (2:13.96). 


GLIAC Day 3 Results

Friday was a big day for the Charger swimming team. A school record, along with some other strong performances, allowed the team to move up the conference rankings on the third day of the 2017 GLIAC championships.

Hillsdale scored 79 points as a team Friday, and its total of 182 is good for sixth place heading into the final day of competition.

Sophomore Anika Ellingson broke her own school record in the 100 breaststroke, finishing with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:02.87, good for fourth place overall in the championship final in that event. Ellingson's old record was set last year.

Grace Houghton dropped over two seconds in her 200 butterfly for a lifetime-best and second fastest time in school history (2:06.95) and a spot on the podium as fifth place. Just behind Houghton was freshman Catherine Voisin with a three second time drop and new lifetime-best and fifth-fastest in school history (2:08.63) for a ninth place finish.

An impressive duo of Emily Shallman and Danielle LeBleu both swam life-time bests in the 500 with NCAA B cuts. Shallman dropped over seven seconds (5:05.10) for ninth place and third fastest time in school history. LeBleu dropped over two seconds (5:05.34) for eleventh place and fourth fastest time in school history.

Suzanne DeTar dropped over two seconds, breaking the 1:00 mark in the 100 backstroke (59.36) and new life-time best and fifth fastest time in school history. The freshmen also made their 100 backstroke debut with best times by Allie Matti (1:00.70) for the seventh fastest time in school history, Bailey Bickerstaff (1:01.35) and Caylee McComb (1:07.59).

The 800 freestyle relay of LeBleu, Farris, Houghton, and Shallman finished in sixth place (7:48.75).

Seniors Mae Bass and Kenzi Dickhudt swam their final 100 breaststroke with life-time bests. Bass dropped over three seconds (1:10.57) while Dickhudt dropped over two seconds (1:13.60).

Biggest time drop of the day was by Alexandra Quada with an 11-second drop and season-best in the 500 (5:26.42). 


GLIAC Day 2 results

Through the second day of the 2017 GLIAC Swimming Championships, Hillsdale College has accumulated 103 points, trailing seventh-place Tiffin by four points.

Highlighting day two was freshman Catherine Voisin, who swam her way to a lifetime best time in the 100 butterfly (57.48) and a place in the top 8 for finals. Voisin finished in sixth place, earning critical points for the Chargers.

Senior Emily Shallman had a season-best time in the 200 freestyle (1:54.50) placing her in the top 16 going into the finals session. Dropping another tenth of second in that event at finals, Shallman finished in 12th place.

The 200 freestyle relay of Suzanne DeTar, Taylor Steyer, Tiffany Farrris, and Emily Shallman all had splits under 25 seconds, which earned them a seventh place finish (1:38.22).

The meet concluded with the 400 medley relay of Farris in backstroke (1:02.19), Anika Ellingson in breaststroke (1:02.48), Voisin in butterfly (58.35), and Detar in freestyle (53.19), for a sixth place finish (3:56.21).

The biggest time drop of the day was turned in by senior Mae Bass with 15-second drop in the 400 IM and season best time (4:53.89). The chargers were also successful in the 100 butterfly with sophomore Grace Houghton (59.36), freshman Bailey Bickerstaff (59.82), freshman Allie Matti (59.99), and junior Peyton Bowen, all swimming season-best times.

Adding to the success was in the 200 freestyle with time improvements by Farris (1:59.16), Alexandra Quada (2:02.94), and Caylee McComb (2:13.51)



GLIAC Day 1 Results

One day down, one school record down for the Hillsdale College women's swimming team at the 2017 GLIAC Championships.

The 200 IM relay team of Tiffany Farris, Anika Ellingson, Emily Shallman and Suzanne DeTar wrote itself into the record book with a time of 1:46.72, finishing in sixth place. 

DeTar, who had a terrific day, swam a 23.91 split in the 50 free as part of the relay. Ellingson recorded the third-fastest 50 breaststroke split recorded on the day (28.75) to help the relay team set a new school record.

Hillsdale scored 35 points as a team on the first day, sitting in seventh place.

Shallman dropped over three seconds (2:10.20) giving her a spot in the finals session in the evening finishing 16th overall. Other notable 200 IMs came from senior Mae Bass (2:16.31) and freshman Allie Mattie (2:16.67) who both dropped more than six seconds from their previous nest times. 

DeTar continued her successful sprinting season by dropping more than a half-second in the 50 freestyle (24.07) which qualified her for finals. DeTar finished 16th overall, just missing the NCAA B-Cut time standard by .02 of a second. 

Freshman Danielle LeBleu made her GLIAC Championship debut in the 1000 freestyle, finishing tenth overall (10.32.98). Sophomore Grace Houghton dropped over seven seconds in her 1000 (10:54.13) and freshman Alexandra Quada dropped a whopping 27.09 seconds (11:12.56).