Hollins Finishes Fifth At ODAC Championships

Hollins placed 5th at the 2017 ODAC Championships
Hollins placed 5th at the 2017 ODAC Championships

Greensboro, NC - The third and final day of the 2017 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships was held on Sunday. The final heats at the Greensboro Aquatic Center took place at 6pm and featured the final six events of the championship meet. Hollins was represented in each of the final races and wrapped up the competition with swimmers earning the most finals appearances in over a decade. By finishing ahead of their rivals from Sweet Briar, Hollins wrapped up a perfect season against the Vixens, besting them at the ODAC Relays, a tri-meet, and at the Championships. 

The day started with the longest event of the meet, the 1650 Freestyle. Distance specialist Dani Raymond earned a 12th place finish, besting her result in the same event last season by six spots. Betzy Liriano and Kaleigh DePetro gave Hollins a trio of swimmers in the top 15. In the 100 Freestyle, 30 swimmers took aim and make the final heat. Alexandra Sanchez posted the 12th fastest time of the prelims and came back in the evening session to place 16th. Sanchez would earn another trip to the finals when she qualified for the 200 Butterfly. In that same event, Debra Henke would earn a top 10 finish when she placed one spot ahead of her teammate.

After earning a pair of finals appearances one night ago, Maya Schattgen was once again carrying the Hollins flag in the 200 Backstroke where she earned a 12th place finish. Lucy Manjikian finished 14th in the 100 Breaststroke last night and she came back to best that finish with a 10th in the 200 Breaststroke.

The final event of the season would feature the 400 Freestyle Relay. In a microcosm of the weekend, Schattgen, Liriano, Henke, and Sanchez would once again give Hollins a win over Sweet Briar when they placed fifth in the finale.

2017 ODAC Women's Swim Championship Final Standings

1. Washington & Lee University 1042

2. Randolph-Macon College 551

3. Emory & Henry College 451

4. Bridgewater College 404

5. Hollins University 212

6. Sweet Briar College 183

7. Greensboro College 128

8. Guilford College 127

9. Ferrum College 114