The men’s and women’s swimming teams competed at the Westminster Relays Friday night, with the women getting the win in the five-team field and the men capturing a second place finish in their competition.
“We didn’t go down there with the mindset of winning, so I was pleasantly surprised,” head coach Chris Rhodes said at Monday’s practice.
“I think that says a lot about the team, when they support each other and they get up and race, great things are gonna happen.”
On the women’s side, Holly Stein and Breanna Purnell combined for three first place finishes to help the Fighting Scots get the team win.
The 3x100 backstroke relay, which included Stein, Purnell and Emily Kling, took first. Purnell, Kling, Stein and Morgan Joseph won the 400 medley IM relay and the team of Stein, Purnell, Joseph and Anastasiia Semkiv were victorious in the 400 medley relay.
For the men, Justin Ransel led the way with two first place finishes and one second place finish. Ransel, Nick Wilkinson, Luke Frederick and Josh Beabout won the 400 medley relay.
The quartet of Francis Folz, Marcus Grosso, Micah Cattell and Ransel took the victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Cattell, Folz, Ransel and Alex Shugarts captured second place in the 200 freestyle relay.
Rhodes noted with this meet the team tries to put together some strong relays and give people some opportunities to compete in events they don’t often compete in.
The trio of Charlotte Drozda, Mary Rosati and Kara Thorp won the 3x500 freestyle relay and the quartet of Rosati, Thorp, Casey Tokarski and Drozda finished first in the 800 freestyle relay.
“These next three weeks are gonna be pretty difficult for them,” Rhodes said of the team’s upcoming training, since they do not have another meet until Nov. 13 against Allegheny at McComb Fieldhouse.
Rhodes said their focus is on the Wooster Invitational, which is scheduled for Dec. 3-5. He mentioned the dual meets leading up to it are good opportunities for them to compete and see where they are training wise.
Michael McLaughlin is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.