Salem, VA - For the first time in the New Year, the Hollins swim team was in action when they made the short trip south to face Roanoke College in a dual meet. Despite winning three of the nine individual events, the shorthanded Hollins squad couldn't keep pace with the deep Maroons roster and fell, 108-70, against their cross-town rivals.
Hollins picked up their first win of the afternoon in the 200 Freestyle, the meet's second individual event. Alex Sanchez paced the field throughout the event and despite a strong close by the Roanoke swimmer, the sophomore held on to post a thrilling .5 second victory. Sanchez came back in the very next event with minimal rest to earn a runner-up finish in the 50 Freestyle, the shortest and fastest event of the afternoon. Hanna DeVarona finished behind her teammate in the 50 for a third place effort. Later in the meet, DeVarona would add another top three finish in the 100 Freestyle before taking the block in the 100 Breaststroke. The first-year breaststroker would beat her lifetime best by 2 full seconds in earning first place points in the event with a time of 1:12.02. In the 100 Freestyle Hollins would finish 2nd-5th with Emily Miehlke and Molly Sullivan joining Sanchez and DeVaronoa in securing points.
The other individual fist place went to Maya Schattgen in the 100 Butterfly. Although she did not set a lifetime best, Schattgen dominated the field by 10 seconds over her nearest competitor. In the two distance events, Dani Raymond added runner-up points in both the 1650 and 500 Freestyle. The last event of the meet was the 400 Freestyle Relay and it was a fitting close to the afternoon. Hollins raced out to a lead with Sanchez handing the lead to Miehlke. In the third leg of the race, Schattgen posted a split of 58.52, the fastest of the afternoon for any 100 Freestyle swim and a quarter second faster than the winning time in the individual 100 Freestyle. Roanoke began to chip away at the Hollins advantage and caught up with just 25 to go and just out-touched their guests.
The Green and Gold will resume action on Friday when they travel to Bridgewater to face the Eagles and Virginia Wesleyan in a tri-meet.