Two More Wins For Hollins

Swimmer Hannah DeVarona in breaststroke action
Hanna DeVarona in the Breaststroke leg of the 400 Medley Relay

Roanoke, VA - For the second time in the past eight days, the Hollins swim team was in quad-meet action. After going 2-1 last weekend at Roanoke College, Hollins took on a trio of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opponents in her home pool. The green and gold once again picked up two wins versus one loss as they bested Randolph and Virginia Wesleyan while falling to Emory & Henry.

Hollins posted big wins over Randolph, 130-32, and Virginia Wesleyan, 129-43, but couldn't complete the sweep as they fell to the Wasps 64-121.

The meet got off to an excellent start for the home team as the quartet of Grace Davis, Hanna DeVarona, Maya Schattgenand Emily Miehlke recorded an 11 second win over the team from Emory & Henry. Hollins could not maintain the momentum as the Wasps would go on to win each of the nine individual races. However, during the individual events, Hollins would post six different runner-up efforts. 

Alex Sanchez would secure the first set of second place points in the 50 Freestyle. Sanchez finished less than a second behind Lingle Mackenzie with a season best time of 26.69. Sanchez would add another runner-up finish in the 100 Freestyle before swimming the second leg of the Hollins second place effort in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Schattgen would register a pair of second place finishes of her own. In the 100 Butterfly, the junior would finish just behind Mackenzie. Later in the afternoon, Schattgen would engage Sarah Helfert in the meet's best race. Trailing by half a length in the second lap, Maya closed the gap in the final strokes and just missed the win in the 100 Backstroke by 0.24 seconds. After earning third place points in the 1650 Freestyle, Dani Raymond returned in the 500 Freestyle to claim the runner-up points. DeVarona posted lifetime bests in each of her individual events, a third in the 200 Freestyle and a second in the 100 Breaststroke. Megan Bull added third place points in the 200 Individual Medley while Molly Sullivan recorded lifetime best times in each of her three invidual events.

Hollins will take a break to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action in two weeks. The final swim of 2017 will be at the two-day Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Randolph-Macon on December 1-2.