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Men's Swimming Defeats Baldwin Wallace on Senior Day

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis




WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's swimming team sent its senior off with a 131-129 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) dual meet victory over Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday afternoon. The meet, which featured a Senior Day celebration and marked the final home meet in the careers of five seniors - Darron Crump, Ian Darras, Nicholas Keller, Samuel Shanes and student assistant coach Mike Austin.

"We had the opportunity to celebrate 10 amazing individuals today," Head Men's Swimming Coach Trip Breen said. "I will forever be grateful for their loyalty, dedication, hard work and how each of them impacted the team and our traditions. They have been outstanding in the classroom, in multiple campus organizations, friends and competitors."
The entire meet came down to the final individual event – the 100-meter IM. The Fightin' Quakers went 1-2-3 in the event, with all freshmen, with Michael Phillippe winning (1:04.72), Cameron Bolen taking second (1:05.39) and Dane Klosterman placing third (1:07.57). Alongside that performance, Bolen won three events – the 50-meter breaststroke (31.48 seconds), the 100-meter breaststroke (1:11.55) and the 200-meter medley relay (1:56.03) alongside Klosterman, Phillippe and Logan Schroer.
Aaron Polk nearly won two butterfly events, finishing first in the 50-meter butterfly (27.79 seconds) and runner-up in the 100-meter butterfly (1:05.78) by less than a second. Phillippe took second in two individual events as well – the 50-meter backstroke (30.37 seconds) and the 100-meter backstroke (1:05.46).
"Both teams provided a great atmosphere and some really positive competition in this meet," said Breen. "It was a great way to end our shortened dual meet season as we prepare for our conference championship meet."

The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships are scheduled for March 25-27 in Akron, Ohio.