WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's swimming team competed in its home, the WC Natatorium, for the first time over a year on Saturday afternoon with the University of Mount Union winning the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) dual 142-106.
"It was great to have the opportunity to compete again," Head Women's Swimming Coach Trip Breen said. "We were able to swim the longer format, giving us a better opportunity to see where we are and what we need to continue to improve on. We made some adjustments, and I was happy to see the team implement what we have been working on in practice. We still have a lot more to do moving forward."
Macki Leon won three individual events as well as anchoring a relay. The senior triumphed in the 100-meter backstroke (1:10.76), 200-meter backstroke (2:32.84) and the 200-meter IM (2:37.67). She also anchored the Fightin' Quakers' 200-meter freestyle relay squad, alongside Margaret Hover, Hannah Davis and Audrey Bibb, to turn in a time of 1:57.86 and just get out-touched at the line. Teammate and freshman Lily Lentine finished runner-up to Leon in the 200-meter IM, tapping the wall in 3:01.23.
Emma Thompson was Wilmington's other event winner, taking home the 400-meter freestyle (5:11.71) with a great swim and her first career victory. Bibb and Hover also had good swims in freestyle events as Bibb took second in the 50-meter freestyle (29.99 seconds) and Hover placing just over a second behind Thompson in the 400-meter freestyle (5:12.89). Herring also claimed runner-up honors in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:15.15.
Wilmington heads to University Heights, Ohio, to face John Carroll University in an OAC dual on Friday, Feb. 19.