Elsah, IL - The Scarlet Hawks recently competed in the 2014 Liberal Arts Championships hosted by Principia College. The other schools involved in the meet were Luther College, Franklin College, University of Minnesota Morris, Loras College, Morningside College, Coe College, McMurry University, Simpson College, Mills College, and Eureka College. The men finished in 5th place and the women in 11th.
Final Women's Standings:
1. Luther College 998
2. Franklin College 604
3. University of Minnesota Morris 418
4. Loras College 372
5. Morningside College 313
6. Coe College 262
7. McMurry University 210
8. Simpson College 168
9. Principia College 130
10. Mills College 88
11. Illinois Tech 49
12. Eureka College 26
Final Men's Standings
1. Franklin College 723
2. Luther College 572
3. Morningside College 458
4. Loras College 382
5. Illinois Tech 300
6. McMurry University 272
7. Principia College 224
8. Coe College 202
9. Simpson College 193
10. Eureka College 30
"I am proud of our team's hard work," said head coach Eric Bugby. "In total, we had 47 swims and 36 were life time best times. I won't say that I am satisfied with 77%. We all want more and will work towards 100% best times next season."
For the Hawks, women's team captain Abby Maze was a great comeback story. Maze was out since early November with a back injury. She was finally cleared with three weeks remaining in the season and posted times of 26.97 in the 50 free and 1:00.31 in the 100 free. Senior Joseph Lakner was also bit by the injury bug. Lakner was diagnosed with a torn labrum. "I know his pain," said Bugby. "I had the same injury in college leading into my senior year. Unfortunately, this happened in the middle of the season and he took about two months off." Despite swimming through the injury, Lakner posted best times in the 50 free and 100 free with a 22.93 and 49.63 respectively. Senior Luke Strenski posted best times of 22.88 in the 50 free and 52.49 in the 100 free. Senior Ray Mohaimani swam two best times of his own, swimming a 4:16.60 in the 400 IM and 22.78 in the 50 free.
Mohaimani capped a strong meet with a 5th place finish in the 200 IM, 3rd place finish in the 400 IM, and 4th place finish in the 200 back.
Men's team captain Billy Bafia went three for three in best times for the junior class. Bafia swam a 21.85 in the 50 free, 59.57 in the 100 breast, and 2:12.05 in the 200 breast. Junior Maria Behrens also went three for three swimming best times of 30.90 in the 50 free, 1:20.33 in the 100 back, and 1:08.08 in the 100 free.
Bafia scored in three A finals with an 8th place in the 50 free, and two 2nd places in the 100 and 200 breasts.
Leading the way for sophomores was Kevin Boldt. Boldt swam a best time of 1:45.72 in the 200 free which earned him 6th place. He also placed 4th in the 500 free and 5th in the 1650 free.
Sophomore Tanner Grieve scored big points for the Hawks, swimming two personal best times. Grieve swam a 53.66 in the 100 fly and 2:01.60 in the 200 fly, placing 7th and 3rd respectively. He achieved a best time of 2:00.80 in the 200 fly at the team's meet earlier in the season against Principia and Franklin.
Sophomores Matthew Williams, Joseph Valio, Connor McGuire, and Michael Dobben all went three for three in best times. Williams broke a minute for the first time in the 100 fly by swimming a 58.51 and also went 54.68 in the 100 free. Valio dropped 9 seconds in the 200 back going 2:07.84. He also posted times of 1:55.20 in the 200 free and 58.52 in the 100 back. McGuire swam a 23.20 in the 50 free, 51.80 in the 100 free, and 107.30 in the 100 breast. Dobben swam best times in the distance freestyle events, going 1:54.52 in the 200, 5:02.96 in the 500, and 17:35.45 in the 1650.
The sophomore group also saw best times from Juan Soles, Stefan Nyholm, and Nicole Frantz. Soles posted a 4 second drop in the 100 back as well as a 5 second drop in the 100 free. Nyholm dropped 2 seconds in his 200 fly to finish with a 2:04.63. He also dropped 21 seconds in his 500 with a 5:14.92.
Sophomore Nicole Frantz had the top showing for the women's team. She posted times of 5:26.38 in the 500 free and 19:12.37 in the 1650 free, placing 9th in both events.
Freshman Tristan Busch posted the largest time drops for the Hawks. Busch dropped 8 seconds in the 200 free (1:54.32), 15 seconds in the 500 free (5:17.74), and 1 minute and 55 seconds in the 1650 free (18:28.87). Freshmen Emily Fusilero swam season best times in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free with times of 26.34, 56.75, and 2:07.07 respectively. The latter was a 5 second drop from her seed time.
"We are all looking forward to working hard during the spring and summer. What the team does during the next seven months will determine their success next season. I have no doubt that the team will (a) continue to move up in our conference standing and (b) swim faster than they ever have before," concluded Bugby.
Below are the individuals awards from the 2014 Liberal Arts Championships:
Women's Diver of the Meet
Zoe Johnson, Luther College
Men's Diver of the Meet
Connor Walton, Principia College
Women's Swimmer of the Meet
Clare Slagel, Luther College
Men's Swimmer of the Meet
Artur Schneider, Franklin College
Women's Diving Coach of the Meet
Dave Hapel, Luther College
Men's Diving Coach of the Meet
Eric Phillips, Principia College
Women's Swimming Coach of the Meet
Lance Huber, Luther College
Men's Swimming Coach of the Meet
Andy Hendricks, Franklin College