Swimmers fall short

Josh Narotsky and Josh Narotsky

The BG swimming team dropped their third straight meet Saturday to Ohio University by a score of 185-105.

Despite the loss, there were several excellent individual performances turned in by the Falcons. Alisha Yee finished in first place in the 100-meter back stroke in a time of 59.84. This was the fifth time Yee finished first on the season.

Yee and senior co-captain Brit O’Connor finished second and third in the 200-meter backstroke, respectively.

Senior Caroline Keating won her second straight 500 freestyle race, recording a time of 5:09.55. Keating was certainly pleased with her performance.

“I did what I needed to during the week in practice, and it showed because I finished how I wanted to finish,” Keating said.

However, performances by veteran swimmers such as Keating took a back seat to stellar performances by freshmen Frankie Houck and Chelsea Lopus.

Lopus, who hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., won the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 59.40 and also finished second in the 200-meter butterfly, posting a time of 2:10.87. Houck turned in her best individual performance in the 50-meter freestyle, where she recorded a time of 25.01. She was also part of the team that won the 200-meter freestyle relay.

The team of Houck, Keating, Meg Richardson and Jennifer Wright recorded a time of 1:38.96.

“I thought the underclassmen swam well in the meet, and they have really contributed to our team,” O’Connor said.

In other relay action, the Falcons took second place in the 400-meter medley relay. The quartet of Lopus, Yee, Houck and Richardson recorded a time of 4:02.40.

Although the Lady Falcons dropped their third straight Mid-American Conference meet, the team’s attitude was positive after the meet.

“Our morale is pretty good. We’ve still been swimming really well, even though we’ve been losing. I’m really excited to see how the rest of the season will turn out,” O’Connor said.

Keating agreed.

“Our goal at every meet is to get ready for the end of the year. We are a small team and we don’t have much depth which really hurts us against larger teams,” she said. “But we will have a strong team at the end of season, and we’ll get the job done at the MAC championship meets.”