SMC vs. Hope, Alma
Belles Sink Scots in Final Relay, Fall to #16 Hope
HOLLAND, Mich. - The Saint Mary's A group in the 400 freestyle relay finished in first in the final event of the afternoon to lift the Belles swim team to their first dual win of the season. Saint Mary's defeated Alma by a 137-126 margin, but the Belles fell to #16 Hope by a score of 142-106 in the three-team event.
The win over Alma is the first dual meet win since January 17, 2009 when the Belles were victorious over Albion.
In the decisive 400 free relay, the Belles took first place in 3:51.09, 1.15 faster than the Hope A relay. Ellie Watson, who swam the anchor leg of the relay, turned in a 55.13 split in the final 100 yards.
Ellie Watson and Audrey Dalrymple continued to lead the way for the Belles on Saturday. Watson earned first place finishes in both the 1000 free (11:04.69) and the 500 free (5:25.39). Dalrymple was the winner in the 200 breaststroke by four seconds (2:31.23) and the 200 IM (2:18.51). The junior finished in second in the 100 breaststroke by just 34-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:11.39
Katie Griffin was victorious in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:02.75, more than two-and-a-half seconds over the second place finisher. She also claimed second place in the 100 backstroke with a 1:05.14. Megan Price had two second place finishes on the afternoon. Price was second in the 200 free (2:03.00) and the 500 free (5:32.82). Katie Roddy also took a second place finish with a time of 2:24.31 in the 200 backstroke.
The Belles will now gear up for the MIAA Championships, which will be co-hosted by Albion and Olivet at Jenison High School from February 17-19.
Saint Mary's Results:
200 Medley Relay - A (Griffin, Dalrymple, Litke, Price), 3rd (1:59.19); B (Roddy, Bajorek, Donovan, Gerbeth), 6th (2:04.18)
1000 Free - Waston, 1st (11:04.69); Nelis, 5th (12:38.68)
200 Free - Price, 2nd (2:03.00); Thompson, 7th (2:18.65)
100 Back - Griffin, 2nd (1:05.14); Roddy, 6th (1:07.27); Blaharski, 10th (1:13.85)
100 Breaststroke - Dalrymple, 2nd (1:11.39); Bajorek, 5th (1:16.28); Litke, 6th (1:17.18)
50 Free - Gerbeth, 7th (27.68); Donovan, 8th (27.92)
100 Free - Gerbeth, 6th (59.56); Donovan, 8th (1:00.21); Thompson, 9th (1:01.85)
200 Back - Roddy, 2nd (2:24.31); Blaharski, 6th (2:38.33)
200 Breaststroke - Dalrymple, 1st (2:31.23); Bajorek, 4th (2:43.99)
500 Free - Watson, 1st (5:25.39); Price, 2nd (5:32.82); Nelis, 8th (6:12.66)
100 Butterfly - Griffin, 1st (1:02.75); Litke, 4th (1:06.93)
200 IM - Dalrymple, 1st (2:18.15); Watson, 3rd (2:21.69); Nelis, 8th (2:40.94)
400 Free Relay - A (Price, Gerbeth, Griffin, Watson), 1st (3:51.09); B, 6th (4:04.51)
Final Team Scores:
Saint Mary's 137, Alma 126
Hope 164, Alma 103
Hope 142, Saint Mary's 106