Feb. 27, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio - The Ohio University Swimming and Diving team saw their first day of competition at the 2014 Mid-American Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday (Feb. 27) at the SPIRE Institute.
The Bobcats piled up 114 points, putting them in sixth place heading into day two.
"It was an exciting prelim session," said interim head coach Derick Roe. "We were able to achieve many personal bests and set up some exciting swims."
Senior Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) earned a third-place swim in prelims for the 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 4:52.11. Time came off in her second swim, with Williams recording a season-best 4:51.74 to earn fourth place overall. Williams is the reigning 1650 champ, and will swim to maintain that title on Saturday (March 1).
Senior Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.) earned a 2:05.28 in prelims for the 200-yard individual medley, putting her in the consolation final for the evening's events. She improved her time to a season-best 2:03.10 in her second swim, earning 9th overall.
Sophomore Haley Clark (College Station, Texas) swam her way into the consolation finals, earning a season-best 23.33 in the 50-yard freestyle prelims. She continued on to swim a 23.43, earning 10th on the evening.
Senior Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wis.) and senior MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) placed back-to-back in the preliminary rounds of the one-meter dive. Capcik placed sixth with a score of 267.85, followed by Hillstrom with 262.55. Capcik claimed third with a 300.15 while Hillstrom finished sixth with a 262.50.
Competition will continued on for the Bobcats on Friday (Feb. 28), with preliminaries set for 9 a.m. ET and the finals set for 6 p.m. ET.