Greensboro, NC - The first day of the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Swim Championships took place on Friday with the preliminaries taking place on the morning in advance of the final heats later in the evening. The three-day event is being held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center and features 12 competing schools. After the first day, Hollins sits firmly in sixth place heading into a big Saturday of races.
Hollins wasted little time in making her mark, breaking a program record in the first event of the championships. The 200 Freestyle Relay kicked off the 2018 edition of the championship meet. The Hollins quartet of Alex Sanchez, Maya Schattgen, Emily Miehlke, and Hanna DeVarona finished ahead of the field in their heat and set a school record with a time of 1:44.71. The time eclipsed the mark set in 2016 by more than two and a half seconds, 1:47.44. In the finals, Hollins picked up sixth place points after posting the identical time from the prelims.
Individually it was a light day for the Green and Gold. In the 500 Freestyle, senior Dani Raymond posted a season best time of 5:52.25. In the shortest event of the meet, the 50 Freestyle, Molly Sullivan recorded a career best time of 28.07, just missing a spot in the finals by .64 of a second.
The final event of the opening day was the 400 Medley Relay. The record setting team from earlier in the day (Sanchez, Schattgen, Miehlke, and DeVarona) came back to set another program best. In their preliminary swim, the relay team posted a final time of 4:17.98, blasting the record that had stood since 1996 by almost a full six seconds, 4:23.97. In the final heat, the Hollins foursome couldn't quite duplicate their record breaking performance, but did place sixth with a time of 4:22.04.