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Fightin’ Quakers find in-season bests against ONU

Fightin’ Quakers find in-season bests against ONU

WILMINGTON, Ohio- The Wilmington College women's swimming team dove into Ohio Athletic Conference action, Friday evening, in a dual meet against Ohio Northern University. Despite large improvements in racing technique and several in-season bests, the Fightin' Quakers fell to the Polar Bears, 203-59.



  • In the 800-meter freestyle, freshman Margaret Hover (Grove City, OH) placed second, with a time of 10:49.70. Junior teammate Rachel O'Donnell (Seven Hills, OH/Normandy) finished just behind, completing the 32 laps in 11:18.37, an in-season best for the swimmer.

  • The next in-season bests came from senior Samantha Glish (Louisville, OH/Ballard) in both the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle. Her season best time of 28.75 in the 50 earned second-place in the field while her time of 1:04.44 in the 100 placed third.

  • Freshman Macki Leon (Ashland, OH/Ashland) earned a second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle, posting a time of 2:19.80. Leon also placed second in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:12.51. Next, she stepped up to compete in the 100-meter individual medley. She finished the event in 1:13.15 to, once again, earn second.

  • The distance pair of Hover and O'Donnell also touched the wall for second- and fourth-place in the 400-meter freestyle, respectively. Hover clocked in with a time of 5:18.72, while O'Donnell swam in, in 5:40.49.

  • Glish, Hover, Leon, and freshman Hannah Davis came together for the final event of the evening, the 200-meter freestyle relay. The quartet missed getting their hand on the wall first by only six-one-hundredths of a second. They posted a time of 1:57.86.



  • "Samantha Glish had two in season bests tonight. To see her be able to do that in season, especially this early in the season, is exciting. Not only through her times, but with her deck presence, as well, she's demonstrating exactly the type of senior leadership we need. Rachel O'Donnell had an inseason best in the 800, which is very exciting, as well."

  • "I thought we demonstrated some general progress today. We're starting to see the confidence we need to see to move forward with the season. Today's racing, and this new found confidence, gives us a lot to look forward to as we go into our end of the semester invitational at Ohio Wesleyan."



  • The Fightin' Quakers travel to Hiram College 1 p.m. Saturday for a non-Ohio Athletic Conference dual meet.