@DubC_Swimming women sixth at OAC Champs

@DubC_Swimming women sixth at OAC Champs
AKRON- The Wilmington College women's swimming team completed the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming Championship, and their season, with a finals session Saturday evening. To be eligible to swim in a finals session, a swimmer must post one of the top sixteen times in the AM prelims session. The top eight times swim in a championship heat, and the bottom eight in a consolation heat. Consolation heat swimmers are not eligible for the top eight places, even if their time is worthy.

Saturday's finals consisted of: a timed final of the 1650-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly, and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter diving were also contested, though Wilmington fielded no athletes for those events.

The women ended the weekend of hard swimming in sixth with 226 points.


  • The meet opened with a timed final of the 1650-yard freestyle. In this event, sophomore Rachel O'Donnell (Seven Hills, OH/Normandy) was the top finisher for the Fightin' Quakers, finishing the 66 laps in 19:46.11, earning 14th. Next to touch the wall was senior Haley Rowland (Fairborn, OH/Xenia Christian). Rowland posted a 20:11.55 for 16th. The final Fightin' Quaker to finish the event was freshman Samantha Harter (Canton, OH/Glen Oak). Harter finished the race in 21:43.26 and earned 19th.

  • Senior Elyse Spraul (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) was the next Fightin' Quaker to dive into the pool. Spraul competed in the 200-yard backstroke, where her time of 2:21.00 earned 12th.

  • Junior Samantha Glish (Louisville, KY/Ballard) was the top, individual finisher for the Fightin' Quakers this evening, finishing seventh in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.36. Freshman Hannah Houston (Morrow, OH/Wilmington) was the next to touch the wall in the event, posting a 55.55 for ninth. Fellow freshman Alyssa Rogers (Springfield, OH/Kenton Ridge) earned 15th with her time of 57.38.

  • Houston, Spraul, Rogers, and Glish joined forces to close out the meet in record setting fashion with the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet finished fifth with a time of 3:45.20, a new WC record by two one-hundredths of a second.


  • "We had three days of outstanding swimming. It was fun to watch literally everyone swim fast. Today was a great day to end the weekend. The two team records to close the meet (men's and women's 400-yard freestyle relay) were the perfect way to end. We had a lot of fun. I appreciate the hard work of the team and all of the great parent support this season."