Nov. 7, 2009
TOLEDO, Oh. -
The Bobcats finished their trip to northwest Ohio with a loss at Toledo Saturday, falling by a final score of 180-118. Rachel Heim (San Diego, Ca.) continued her great season by winning three individual events (100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly) and swam the anchor in the winning 800 Free relay along with teammates Chelsey Bower (Bethel Park, Pa.), Sarah Owen (Portsmouth, England) and Annika Games (Brea, Ca.).
Lindsay Hamilton (White City, Saskatchewan) followed yesterday's school-record 1-meter score of 286.43 by taking first place on both diving boards. Freshman MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) continued her solid weekend of diving, placing second on both boards.
"It's always nice to see the newcomers performing well," said head coach Greg Werner. "That always bodes well for the future."
The Rockets (8-1, 4-0 MAC) shot off to a quick start, winning the 50 Free and taking a total of 12 points in the event to Ohio's seven. The Bobcats battled back in the 100 Free with Heim's first-place finish, Bower's third and Annie Donovan (Findlay, Oh.)'s fifth combining for 13 points to put Ohio ahead 20-18. The next few events really tilted the way of Toledo, however, as the host Rockets won the 200 Free, the 500 Free and the 1000 Free in a row before Heim's 100 Fly time of 56.26 could break up their momentum. The Rockets then took the 200 Fly and 400 IM before the `Cats (2-2, 2-2 MAC) dominated both diving boards and the 800 Free Relay.
"As I told the team, I know that what we saw today is not the type of team that we are," said Werner. "In that regard it makes the weekend's results a little easier to swallow in that we know we're much better than we showed. We have to acknowledge the fact that Toledo was the better team today, but what happens between now and when we see them again will determine who is the best team."
The Bobcats will head to Gambier, Ohio, to compete against Kenyon on November 13. The dual meet will begin at 5 p.m.