In the first winter sport event of the 2011-2012 season the Knox College swim teams opened with wins over Eureka College in a dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Lay Natatorium. The women topped the Red Devils 184-37 while the men prevailed 128-53.
Seven different Knox swimmers took home multiple victories for the Prairie Fire, including senior girls Bess Cooley, Tory Kassabaum, Rachel Clark and Anne Heberle.
Cooley won the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke. Kassabaum placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke. Clark won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle and Heberle took first in the 50-yard butterfly and the 50-yard breaststroke.
Each swimmer scored 18 points for Knox by placing first in two events, and the four also teamed up to win the 200-yard medley relay race.
The women also saw individual wins from freshman Susannah Lodge-Rigal, junior Anna Claypool and senior Laura Blue in the 200-yard freestyle, 50 yard backstroke and 500 yard freestyle, respectively.
Lodge-Rigal, Blue, junior Amanda Lee and freshman Madeline Troy also led Knox to a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay race.
On the men’s side, junior Patrick Inness led the Prairie Fire by winning three individual events, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly.
Seniors Tyler O’Neill and Alan Ning won two events apiece; O’Neill prevailed in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard backstroke while Ning took first in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard freestyle.
The men also won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.
The Prairie Fire swimmers take part in the Monmouth Invitational on Nov. 12 at Monmouth College. The events begin at 11 a.m.