Swimmers drop both weekend matches

A 0-4 record usually is a bad sign for a sports team, but that is not the case for BG’s swimming and diving team.

“Our focus is on February and how we’re going to swim at the conference championships,” said Assistant Coach Mark Howard.

“Our record doesn’t matter in our sport,” junior Alisha Yee said. “Honestly, we fared much better against the teams that we have swam with so far than we ever have since I’ve been on this team.”

On Friday, BG welcomed Ohio University to town for an evening dual meet and came out strong winning six of the first seven races but lost the meet 130-113.

The meet began with Yee, Meg Richardson, Chelsea Lopus, and Frankie Houck winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.15).

Lopus followed that up with a win in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:36.91). She later beat OU’s senior Michaela Hahn-Lawson in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.96) by just one one-hundredth of a second.

“I saw [Hahn-Lawson] coming down the pool, but I didn’t know if I was ahead or if she was ahead,” Lopus said. “When I looked at the board, I felt really good.”

Houck then narrowly won the 50-yard freestyle (24.57) barely edging OU’s Amanda Cecere (24.69) and Richardson (24.78).

Just as she has all season, Yee swam her individual races strongly. She won the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.64) by almost four seconds and the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.14) by over three seconds.

“I go into every single race with the intention of winning and putting out a good time,” Yee said. “It is very important to me to put everything that I have into each of my races.”

Ashley Belrose posted her second win of the year in the one-meter dive with a total of 245.93 points, nearly 20 points better than second. Jill Auer finished the three-meter dive in second, falling seven and a half points short of a victory.

Saturday was a bit of a different story for BG as they lost to Miami 177-122.

Miami was the team that came out strong as they won five of the first eight events and ten of 16 overall.

Yee continued her consistent season by winning all three of her races taking the 100-yard backstroke (58.44), 200-yard backstroke (2:05.30) and 200-yard individual medley (2:08.76).

The six victories on the weekend give Yee 11 wins in the season’s four meets.

Also swimming well for the Falcons were Houck winning the 50-yard freestyle (24.73) and 100-yard freestyle (53.70), and Richardson who won the 100-yard breaststroke with a new personal record time of 1:07.37.

Lopus was also a top contributor by finishing second in three events.

“[Coach Keri Buff] puts me in events that she thinks I have a chance at winning at,” Lopus said. “I always try and do my best to try and help the team as much as possible.”

The consistent run of top finishes has the coaching staff pleased as they know it is an important factor for a smaller team to have depth.

“Our goal is to always have depth,” Howard said. “We need strength in the top two or three.”

BG is not in action again until Nov. 30 when they will travel to Ohio State for the three-day OSU Invitational.