Sports / The Prairie Fire / January 28, 2009

Best times still to come for Prairie Fire swimming teams

Last Saturday afternoon, in Eureka, Ill., the Prairie Fire men’s and women’s swimming teams both placed second in the Eureka College Sprint Meet.

The meet featured the swimming teams of Augustana College, Knox, Hannibal-La-Grange College, Principia College, Eureka College and Illinois College.

“I thought everyone did well at last Saturday’s meet,” freshman Elizabeth “Bess” Cooley said. “Many of us, myself included, are not up to our best times yet, but I think we can get there by the end of the season. It’s not the middle of the hard season anymore, practices are still pretty tough and it’s hard to do extremely well at a meet when you’re still practicing hard. The main goal at any meet is to score as many points for the team as possible, so that’s going [to be] the main goal for conference. We have a good team, with a lot of potential, and I think we can do really well at conference. Hopefully this year we can place better than last year.”

The Fire mixed 200-yard medley relay team of freshmen Tory Kassabaum and Tyler O’Neill, sophomore Lu Yaeger and senior Tony Meyer placed third in the first event of the afternoon.

In the second event, the Fire mixed 200-yard relay team of Cooley, freshmen Junyoung Cho and Jeff Wickman and junior Kaylin Maanum finished in second. The mixed 200-yard freestyle relay team of O’Neill, junior Fayne Lawson, freshman Anna Dvorak and sophomore Krista Ahlberg took sixth.

Women’s Results

Dvorak finished in eighth place in the 200-yard freestyle, tenth in the 100-yard backstroke and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle. Kassabaum placed third in the 100-yard backstroke, fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard individual medley. Ahlberg finished in seventh place in the 100-yard backstroke, fifth in the 50-yard backstroke and seventh in the 100-yard individual medley.

Cooley finished in first in the 100-yard breaststroke, the 50-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard individual medley. Sophomore Kelly O’Connor took sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke, thirteenth in the 50-yard butterfly, seventh in the 50-yard breaststroke and tenth in the 100-yard individual medley. Maanum placed sixth in the 50-yard butterfly, fifth in the 50-yard freestyle and ninth in the 50-yard backstroke.

Sophomore Bekah Bally placed ninth in the 50-yard butterfly and eleventh inn the 100-yard individual medley. Sophomore Lu Yaeger placed tenth in the 50-yard butterfly and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Sophomore Sara Dreiser finished in twelfth place in the 50-yard butterfly, sixth in the 100-yard freestyle, eleventh in the 50-yard backstroke and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly. Sophomore Sarah MacDowell placed twelfth in the 50-yard freestyle, seventh in the 100-yard freestyle, sixth in the 50-yard breaststroke and eighteenth in the 100-yard individual medley. Senior Ally Rashid placed sixteenth in the 50-yard freestyle and fifteenth in the 50-yard backstroke.

Men’s Results

Cho placed fourth in the 50-yard butterfly, eighth in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100-yard individual medley. O’Neill placed third in the 50-yard freestyle and first in the 100-yard butterfly. Meyer finished in first in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 50-yard breaststroke. Lawson took fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle, fifteenth in the 50-yard butterfly and sixteenth in the 50-yard freestyle. Wickman finished in second place in the 100-yard backstroke and the 50-yard backstroke.

The Prairie Fire men’s and women’s swimming teams will dive into a pool on Saturday when they compete in the Monmouth Invite, which is hosted by the Fighting Scots of Monmouth College.

Matthew Wheaton


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