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Ohio Northern Bests Women's Swimming

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis


ADA, Ohio – The Wilmington College women's swimming team competed at Ohio Northern University (ONU) in the program's annual Friday evening dual meet on Oct. 26. The Polar Bears came out on top, defeating the Fightin' Quakers by a score of 184-77.

"I was very happy with the team atmosphere at our first away meet tonight," Head Women's Swimming Coach Trip Breen said. "We have a lot of new swimmers and the team really supported each other."

Macki Leon again headlined the Quakers' individual performances by winning the 100-yard IM (1:08.12) by two full seconds and the 100-yard backstroke (1:05.27). She also places second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.27).

Margaret Hover won the 500-yard freestyle (5:57.93) by beating Kelly Grimes of ONU by just over a second. Hover also finished runner-up in the 50-yard backstroke (32.81) along with a third-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:11.01).

Leon and Hover teamed up with Hannah Davis and Maryn Herring for a time of 1:50.39 in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

"We showed improvement from our first meet after a great week of practice," said Breen. "They are definitely putting some things together and finishing races better. We still are making too many little mistakes that were costly today in a few close races."

Wilmington returns to the water on Nov. 3 for a double dual meet with Transylvania University and Wittenberg University.