SMC at MIAA Championships - Day Three

Times Continue to Fall as Belles Take Fifth at MIAA Championships

Saturday Prelims
Saturday Finals

JENISON, Mich. - The 400 freestyle relay set a new school record and Audrey Dalrymple earned an NCAA B cut time in the 200 breaststroke as the Saint Mary's swim team finished fifth at the 2011 MIAA Swim Championships on Saturday.

Ellie Watson started things off in the evening finals with a second place finish in the 1650 with a 17:46.61. The time is good enough for the second-fastest time in program history for the sophomore. Senior Jami Nelis had a 20:04.48 for her best time in the event and a 19th place finish in the final race of her career.

In the 200 backstroke, Katie Griffin and Katie Roddy finished in 12th and 13th, respectively. The pair had established two new top-five best times in the program in the preliminaries and then cut even more time off in the consolation final. Griffin finished in 2:14.19 and Roddy touched in 2:14.45 for the new fourth and fifth fastest times in the event for Saint Mary's. Julie Blaharski, meanwhile, cut more than five seconds off her fastest time of the season in the preliminaries as she finished the event in 2:29.88 for 21st.

In the 200 breaststroke, Dalrymple finished in an NCAA B cut time of 2:24.40 in the morning session and then edged out the competition for second place in the championship final in a better NCAA B cut time of 2:22.31. Theresa Bajorek improved her best time of the season in the event by better than four seconds as she finished in 11th place in a time of 2:36.59 for the Belles.

The 400 free relay squad of Megan Price, Audrey Dalrymple, Katie Griffin, and Ellie Watson established a new school record in the evening's final event. The group finished in a time of 3:39.46 for top honors in the program history.

Overall improved times was the trend for the Belles throughout the weekend. Megan Price took half of a second off her morning time in the consolation finals on Saturday night with a 55.49 in the 100 free for 14th place. Gen Spittler earned a berth in the championship final for Saint Mary's with a preliminary time of 2:18.42. She went on to finish eighth overall in the event.

As a team, the Belles took fifth place with a team score of 314. Calvin successfully defended their title for their seventh straight MIAA Championship with a team score of 850.

1650 Free
Results - Ellie Watson, 17:46.61 (2nd); Jami Nelis, 20:04.48 (19th)

200 Back
Prelims - Katie Roddy, 2:15.65 (14th); Katie Griffin, 2:17.72 (16th); Julie Blaharski, 2:29.88 (21st)
Finals - Katie Griffin, 2:14.19 (12th); Katie Roddy, 2:14.45 (13th)

100 Free
Prelims - Megan Price, 56.00 (15th); Kristyn Gerbeth, 57.40 (20th); Katie Donovan, 57.81 (23rd); Sarah Thompson, 59.15 (29th)
Finals - Megan Price, 55.49 (14th)

200 Breaststroke
Prelims - Audrey Dalrymple, 2:24.40 (3rd) NCAA B Cut Time; Theresa Bajorek, 2:38.63 (12th)
Finals - Audrey Dalrymple, 2:22.31 (2nd) NCAA B Cut Time; Theresa Bajorek, 2:36.59 (11th)

200 Fly
Prelims - Gen Spittler, 2:18.42 (7th)
Finals - Gen Spittler, 2:20.73 (8th)

400 Free Relay
Prelims - 3:46.54 Price, Donovan, Griffin, Watson (4th); 3:58.58 Thompson, Bajorek, Roddy, Gerbeth
Finals - 3:39.46 Price, Dalrymple, Griffin, Watson (4th) school record

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 40                   
1. Calvin College                      850  
2. Hope College                        679
3. Kalamazoo College                   604  
4. Albion College                      341
5. Saint Mary's College                314  
6. Olivet College                      297
7. Alma College                        235