Hollins Enjoys Record Setting Weekend

Four Hollins swimmers pose for a group picture after one of their events at the 2017 Yellow Jacket Invitational
Hollins set four new relay records during the Yellow Jacket Invitational

Chesterfield, VA - For the final time in 2017, the Hollins swim team was in competition. The Yellow Jacket Invitational, a two-day event hosted by Randolph-Macon, would see Hollins compete in an 11 team field that featured 18 relay and individual events. Hollins would post a team finish of 10th, but the story was the number of Hollins records that fell during the relay events.

It didn't take long for Hollins to make a splash when the team of Alex Sanchez, Maya Schattgen, Hanna DeVaronaand Emily Miehlke posted a time of 1:47.33 in the 200 Freestyle Relay. The final time was .11 faster than the Hollins record set 2016 and was the first of four new program records that would fall over the two days of action. During the 500 Freestyle, senior Dani Raymond posted the second best time of her career when she finished in 6:02.36. In the 50 Freestyle, Miehlke would win her heat and finish two spots ahead of DeVarona in the final standings. 

In the 200 Medley Relay, Hollins would once again make history. Sanchez, Schattgen, and DeVarona would team with Grace Davis to turn in a record time. For the first time in competition, Hollins bested the 2:00 mark when the quartet came home in 1:59.64, over a full second ahead of the 1996 time of 2:00.70. In the 200 Freestyle, Miehlke posted a lifetime best and finished just behind Sanchez, after the sophomore posted a time that was faster than her finals time in the 200 in the 2017 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships. 

The next relay, 800 Freestyle, saw Hollins make it 3-3 in the record breaking department. DeVarona, Sanchez, Miehlke, and Schattgen bested the program record from 2000 by over four seconds. The team posted a final time of 8:44.14 to crush the previous best of 8:48.17. The longest race of the weekend, the 1650 Freestyle saw Raymond post the third best time of her career, 21:05.25. After finishing behind Schattgen in the 100 Backstroke, Davis would return the favor by out finishing her teammate in the 200 Backstroke. 

The final event of the meet was the 400 Freestyle Realy. The Hollins program record was 3:57.36 that was set back in 1991. Hollins entered the team of Sanchez, Schattgen, Miehlke, and DeVarona and the group finished the meet by breaking the fourth relay record in program history. The four swimmers posted a final time of 3:55.40 in the finals after entering with a seed time of 4:02.56.

Four school records and numerous lifetime best efforts highlighted the semester ending meet. Hollins will train during the holidays and look to continue thier record setting season with a trip across town to face Roanoke College in a dual-meet on January 13th.