Belles Hold Ground on Day Three of MIAA Championships
HOLLAND, Mich. - The Saint Mary's swim team held their ground with a 12-point lead over Albion for sixth place at the 2012 MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Seven-time defending MIAA champion Calvin surged out to better than a 100-point lead after Friday's round was completed.
Audrey Dalrymple led the Belles with a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.52). Anna Nolan set a new all-time top-five time in the 100 back in the morning session and improved that time in the evening final with a 1:02.06 for sixth place. Megan Price took seventh place in the 200 free (1:59.34) to round out the top individual scoring performances on the day for Saint Mary's.
The Belles' 200 medley relay group of Nolan, Dalrymple, Kristyn Gerbeth, and Price turned in a new all-time top-five time in program history for the event in the morning session with a 1:55.31.
Kristyn Gerbeth (100 fly), Genevieve Spittler (100 fly), Liz Litke (100 fly, 100 breaststroke), Katie Donovan (200 free), and Julianne Divine (100 breaststroke) all made the consolation finals in their events to earn the Belles points on the night. Divine and Litke both improved their personal best times in the 100 breaststroke. Sarah Thompson notched a personal record time in the 200 free. Liz Palmer also had a personal record in the 200 free, improving her time by seven seconds.
The conference championship meet concludes tomorrow, Saturday, February 18 at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.
Women's Team Scores (After 14 events): 1. Calvin 562.5. 2. Hope 455. Kalamazoo 396.5. 4. Olivet 276. 5. Alma 243. 6. Saint Mary's 208. 7. Albion 196.
Saint Mary's Results
200 medley relay
Prelims - Nolan, Dalrymple, Gerbeth, Price (2nd - 1:55.31^)
Finals - Nolan, Dalrymple, Gerbeth, Price (7th - 1:55.34)
Prelims - Kristyn Gerbeth (13th - 1:03.34); Genevieve Spittler (15th - 1:05.72); Liz Litke (16th - 1:09.39)
Finals - Kristyn Gerbeth (14th - 1:05.25); Genevieve Spittler (15th - 1:06.90); Liz Litke (16th - 1:09.81)
Prelims - Megan Price (7th - 1:59.19); Katie Donovan (16th - 2:04.41); Liz Palmer (20th - 2:07.84); Sarah Thompson (21st - 2:08.11)
Finals - Megan Price (7th - 1:59.34); Katie Donovan (12th - 2:02.08)
Prelims - Audrey Dalrymple (3rd - 1:07.74); Julianne Divine (11th - 1:15.59); Liz Litke (13th - 1:16.86)
Finals - Audrey Dalrymple (3rd - 1:07.52); Julianne Divine (12th - 1:16.16); Liz Litke (14th - 1:16.79)
Prelims - Anna Nolan (8th - 1:02.17^)
Finals - Anna Nolan (6th - 1:02.06^)
^ - new Saint Mary's all-time top-five performance