Grinnell, Iowa - Illinois Tech men's swimming & diving took a hit against Grinnell College losingon Saturday. The Scarlet Hawks brought a lot of fight to the perennial powerhouse and finished with some great swims.
Sophomore Kevin Boldt started the day with a second place finish in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of10:29.21. Another young talent, sophomore Tanner Grieve placed second in the 200 yard butterfly with a2:09.94. Senior Joseph Lakner was next with solid efforts in the sprint events. Lakner placed second in the 50 yard freestyle with a team leading 23.34 and then continued to drop time with a season best 51.52 in the 100 yard freestyle. Senior Ray Mohaimani put a final stamp on the day for the Scarlet Hawks with a second place finish in the 200 yard individual medley. Mohaimani clocked a2:04.32 and was a few tenths away from tracking down Grinnell's senior and NCAA Champion Michael Brus.
"This was exactly what we needed," said head coach Eric Bugby. "Grinnell is a great team, they have depth, but we needed to see and swim against that level of competition. This team will compete with the top teams in the NCAA very soon, so we will continue to put them on our schedule. As a team, we are continuing to improve. Each race is another chance to learn. Some people are putting it together. Kevin and Ray stepped up at the end of a long day and both have a chance to go far in this sport. I was also pleased with the leadership on the deck. Being down big didn't discourage our team captains from fighting until the end and that attitude is contagious."