Salem, VA - After a three week break, the Hollins swim team was back in action when they faced a trio of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opponents. Roanoke College hosted Hollins, Ferrum, and Randolph in a Saturday afternoon quad-meet.
The green and gold went 2-1 for the meet, posting impressive victories over Ferrum (128-39) and Randolph (129-29). Hollins missed the sweep as the host Maroons used a deeper roster to out point their cross-town rival, 125-65.
During the 11 event meet, Hollins picked up almost half (15) of the 33 possible top three finishes. Emily Miehlke recorded Hollins lone individual win by besting the field in the 100 Freestyle. The first-year posted a time of 1:01.78, just over one second clear of runner-up Alex Sanchez. Megan Bull came home third to give Hollins a clean, 1-2-3, sweep of the event. In the two distance events, senior Dani Raymond would add a pair of second place points. After finishing runner-up in the 1000, Raymond came back later in the afternoon to repeat her finish in the 500 Freestyle. Sanchez would flip-flop with Miehlke in the 200 Freestyle, this time it would Alex with the runner-up finish, one spot ahead of her teammate. Miehlke would add another set of third place points in the very next event, the 50 Freestyle. Hollins would pick up two more top three's in the 100 Breaststroke when Hanna DeVarona finished runner-up, just ahead of Molly Sullivan. The final of the, five, third place finishes was recorded by Grace Davis in the 200 Individual Medley.
As is their custom, the Hollins team would select a "Swimmer of the Meet" and on Saturday that honor would go to Maya Schattgen. After swimming the third leg of the 400 Medley Relay, another second place finish for Hollins, Schattgen posted a pair of runner-up efforts. In the 100 Butterfly, the junior went a lifetime best, 1:03.41, just being out-touched by Reilly Bird. Bird, the reigning ODAC Swimmer of the Week, finished just 0.03 seconds ahead of Schattgen. Maya would come back two events later to post a solid second place effort in the 100 Backstroke (1:10.35).
In the two relay events, Hollins once again registered runner-up points. The individual races were book-end by the 400 Medley Relay and the 800 Freestyle Relay. In the 400 Medley, Davis, DeVarona, Schattgen, and Sanchez would only finish behind the quartet from Roanoke College. In the finale, Raymond, DeVarona, Sullivan, and Bull would wrap up the meet with Hollins ninth runner-up effort.
Hollins will host a quad-meet of their own next Saturday when they welcome Emory& Henry, Randolph, and Virginia Wesleyan to town for their last competition before the Thanksgiving break.