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Two School Records Fall at Calvin Invitational

Freshman Katherine Heeres
Freshman Katherine Heeres


The swim team traveled to Calvin College for a three day, prelim/final swim meet this weekend and had great success as multiple school records were broken and many more life-time best times were achieved. 

Junior Anika Ellingson won the 100 breaststroke Friday evening and broke her own school record with a new time of 1:02.49. The next day, Ellingson won the 200 breaststroke with a season best time (2:19.57) only .2 off her own school record. She also had another season best time in the 200 IM (2:14.38) and finished tenth.

Freshman Katherine Heeres broke the 100 backstroke school record during prelims Friday morning with a new time of 58.05 and finished seventh overall. Heeres continued her success in the 200 backstroke with a lifetime best (2:06.20) for sixth place, just missing the school record by .13. She swam another season best in the 200 IM (2:11.28) and finished in fifth place. 

Sophomore Victoria Addis had a top eight finish in the 100 breaststroke and season best time (1:06.82) and seventh place. Addis also had a strong performance and life time best time in the 200 breaststroke (2:30.35) and ninth place. 

Charger sprinters had tough competition this weekend but sophomore Suzanne DeTar was able to take her place in the top sixteen with a tenth place in the 100 freestyle and an awesome lifetime best time (52.97) and her first time breaking 53. She also placed eleventh in the 50 freestyle (24.40).

Four chargers made finals in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore Catherine Voisin had a life time best (2:08.54) for ninth place, junior Grace Houghton finished eleventh (2:09.70), senior Peyton Bowen finished seventeenth (2:17.32), and sophomore Bailey Bickerstaff finished eighteenth (2:19.27). Three chargers also made finals in the 100 butterfly with Voisin (58.25), Bickerstaff twenty-first (1:01.96), and Lizzie Leathers twenty-second (1:02.02).

Sophomore Danielle LeBleu had strong swims the entire weekend and placed in the top in all three of her events starting. She placed sixth in the 1650 (17:43.07), ninth in the 200 freestyle with a great season best time (1:56.01), and fourth in the 500 freestyle with another season best (5:06.10) just missing her lifetime best.

Freshman Hannah Wilkens made top sixteen in her events and placed tenth in the 400 IM (4:41.72), tenth in the 500 freestyle with a season best (5:14.08) and fifteenth in the 200 IM (2:17.94). 

Sophomore Allie Matti had strong swims in the 100 backstroke with a season best (59.74) and fourteenth place and finished in sixteenth place in the 200 backstroke (2:11.83).

Charger relays had very strong swims all around. The 800 freestyle relay of DeTarWilkensHeeres, and LeBleu finished fifth (7:49.91). The 400 medley relay of HeeresEllingsonVoisin, and LeBleu also finished fifth (3:53.99). The 200 freestyle relay of RaoLeBleuHeeres, and DeTar tied for seventh (1:38.04) with all swimmers splitting under 25. And finishing the meet with the 200 medley relay of MattiEllingsonRao, and DeTar finished sixth (1:46.92) only .2 off the school record.

Other notable swims include Houghton who dropped three seconds from her preliminary time for a season best in the 500 to finish nineteenth (5:18.91). Bowen swam a season-best in the 200 breaststroke for nineteenth (2:40.18) and senior Theresa Smith also swam a season-best 200 breaststroke for twenty-third (2:42.31). Freshman Emma Rao also had strong races and finished twenty-third in the 50 freestyle (24.89) and twenty-seventh in the 100 freestyle (55.82). Freshman Mary Vita broke the 2:00 mark in her 200 freestyle for the first time going a life time best (1:59.23) and twenty-fifth place. Vita swam another lifetime best in the 100 freestyle (55.22) finishing twenty-fifth. Junior Tiffany Farris finished twentieth in the 100 freestyle (55.17).