February 7, 2014

W&L Women's Swimming Sets Three Records at ODAC Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Washington and Lee women's swimming team set two ODAC records and a school record to sit in first place with 275 points after day one of competition at the ODAC Championships on Friday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Emory & Henry recorded 148 points for second place after day one competition and Randolph-Macon is third with 133 points. Sweet Briar (96), Bridgewater (86), Greensboro (76), Notre Dame of Maryland (53), Hollins (44) and Guilford (40) wrap up the team results.

First-years Emily Rollo (Haddonfield, N.J. / Haddonfield Memorial), Natalie Brendsel (Oakton, Va. / Flint Hill), along with sophomore Sarah Schaffer (Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton Warrenville South) and senior Meredith Hardy (Cary, N.C. / Athens Drive) teamed up to start the meet off strong with a first place finish in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:37.57.

First-year Elisabeth Holmes (Raleigh, N.C. / Needham B. Broughton) swam an ODAC Championship meet-record time of 5:08.49 in the 500 free to take first place. The previous time was 5:09.25 that was set by Margaret Hoehl from W&L in 1999.

Sophomore Emma Swabb (Erie, Pa. / McDowell) also set a new record in the 200 IM after she placed first in a time of 2:09.28. Her time was good for a new ODAC and ODAC Championships record. Emma Phillips set the previous fastest time when she finished in a time of 2:09.62 in 2012.

Brendsel, sophomores Stephanie Foster (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) and Swabb along with junior Caroline Hamp (Avon Lake, Ohio / Elyria Catholic) teamed up to take second in the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:56.17. That time was also good for a new school record. Foster led off the relay and set an ODAC and school record, while also posting an NCAA provisional time.

Hardy also placed fourth in the 50 free (24.21), while Rollo place third in the 200 IM (2.10.17) and senior Lauren Kasoff (Owings Mills, Md. / Saint Paul's) took fourth (2:10.94). First-year Monica Flocken (Solon, Ohio / Gilmour Academy) took home third place in the 500 free in a time of 5:20.06.

The Generals return to the pool for day two of the ODAC Championships on Saturday morning. Preliminary rounds are set to begin at 10:00 am.

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