Swim program dives into conference season

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Shannon Sullivan is making great strides to help lead her team to victory.

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

The Lewis swim teams are off to a steady start with their season, facing great competition right off the bat.

The Flyers started their conference play against Maryville and Truman at Truman State in Kirskville, Mo. on Oct. 15.

Both teams split the meet, beating Maryville but falling to Truman at their home meet.

The men won with a score of 211-23 and lost to the Bulldogs 156-103.

Key factors in the win against Maryville came from redshirt sophomore Mads Knoblauch who tallied three victories for his team. He won the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. Knoblauch was also a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay, where he was accompanied by freshman Jesse Drake, sophomore Colin Williams and senior Adam Wise.

As for the women, they sought out victory by racking up 201 points to Maryville’s 51, but when it came time for Truman, they faced defeat with a score of 185-76. Redshirt junior Shannon Sullivan grabbed the Flyers’ two wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle.

Up next in conference play was McKendree, University of Indianapolis and Bellermine taking place in Indianapolis.

Results were the same again for both sides of the program, beating McKendree and Bellermine, and falling to the hosting school, UIndy.

Senior Aiden Brennen added two second place victories for the men’s team, results coming from the 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Sullivan led the women’s team again, winning the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. She also was a part of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay. Sullivan raced with seniors Brittany Kamper, Courtney Duy and Kaitlyn Yearout.

Taking a break from conference, the Flyers swim program hosted the University of Findlay Oilers and the women also hosted the Hillsdale College Chargers.

Head swim coach Roger Karns was impressed with the talent his teams have shown in competition.

“The swimmers are tired and beat up from intense training but swam very well. We were very proud of them,” said Karns.

Karns also went on to talk about the great strengths of Sullivan, who put two more individual wins on the board for the Flyers, as well as a comeback win in the 400 freestyle relay. “Her excellent swims in her individual events may have been surpassed by her strong come from behind anchor leg on the 400 relay,” said Karns. Sullivan was given great range by her team and jumped on the opportunity to capitalize and capture another win.

Both teams added wins to their records and strengthened their schedule by competing against fellow regional teams.

The Flyers will continue conference play on Dec. 5 as they face off against William Jewell in Liberty, Mo. in their final match up of 2016.

 

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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