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|Monmouth College Swimmers 2-3 at Own Invite
|Buoyed by five firsts, the Monmouth men placed second at their own Monmouth Invitational Saturday at the Pepper Natatorium. The Scots women nearly duplicated the men's performance, setting one pool record, taking first in three events and placing third in the eight-team meet.
The women got out of the gate quickly, opening the meet with a second place in the 400 medley relay. Rachel Buckham, Krysta Sparks, Rachel Holm and Colleen Zumpf swam an honor roll time of 4:22.76. Holm and Zumpf teamed with Erica McAloon and Kendra Keuhl to take third in the 400 freestyle with an honor roll time of 3:57.22.
Monmouth set a pool record and took three of the top four spots in the 200 breaststroke. Sparks set the pool record, swimming a 2:31.58 to place first. Amanda Zaidel was third in 2:42.75 and Zumpf was fourth with a time of 2:48.91.
McAloon picked up an individual first in the 50 freestyle. Her personal-best 26.96 won by five-tenths. Buckham took second in the 200 backstroke in 2:23.27 and third in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.50.
The Scots were strong in the 100 breaststroke, sweeping the top four spots. Sparks touched first in 1:11.43. Zaidel's second-place time of 1:14.53 was a personal-best while McAloon's 1:16.17 bested Zumpf for third by two-tenths.
A 2:29.11 placed Holm second in the 200 butterfly. Keuhl also took a second, swimming a 5:48.37 in the 500 freestyle.
Monmouth's men opened their portion of the meet with a win in the 400-yard medley relay. Josh Dunn, Harrison Heilman, John Kaiser and Steve Collins swam a 3:53.50 to win by more than six seconds. Dunn, Kaiser, Collins and Joe Testolin formed the second-place 400 relay team, swimming a time of 3:25.77, just a second out of first.
Heilman took an individual first and two seconds. The senior touched first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:38.18. He also swam a 1:08.78 in the 100 breaststroke to place second and added another second with a time of 2:10.16 in the 200 IM.
Dunn added an individual first in the 200 freestyle, swimming a 1:51.83 and Testolin was third less than two seconds back. Testolin was the winner in the 500 freestyle, clocking a 5:12.25 and Dunn was second in the 100 freestyle at 50.66.
A time of 2:10.86 took first for Kaiser in the 200 butterfly by five-tenths. Tom Pederson took second in the 50 freestyle at 23.29. Josh Van Swol placed third in the 100 backstroke at 1:01.10 while Testolin clocked a personal-best 2:12.96 to place fourth.
The Scots swim at Augustana Friday and won't swim at home again until Jan. 8.
(Monmouth College Athletics)