Grand Rapids, Mich. – The University of Findlay men's and women's swimming and diving team participated on the second of three days at the Calvin University Invitational in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday, Dec. 6. Through two days of action, both the men's and women's teams are in fourth in their respective standings.
The Oilers women picked up first place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay where senior Katy Kouvaris, sophomore Chris McFarland, sophomore Kristina Coleman, and senior Hanna Cederholm raced to a time of 1:35.33, just a second shy of the school record in the event. Findlay's B team of Brittany Menzer, Rachel Poling, Megan Irwin, and Lauren Blanchard also swam well, finishing 11th with a time of 1:40.33.
Senior all-American Hanna Cederholm put together a record-breaking swim in the 100 yard breaststroke. She earned a first place finish in the event, but more importantly, her time of 1:02.46 met the NCAA B standard in the event and is the fifth-fastest time in the country this season. That time also set a new Findlay and Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) record in the event.
In the 100 yard backstroke, McFarland raced to a time of 56.73 and a fourth place finish. That time is just a few tenths of a second shy of the NCAA B standard. She also raced in the 50 yard free and was Findlay's fastest finisher, taking fifth place with a time of 24.00.
Findlay's Megan Irwin also competed in the 200 freestyle and was the top finisher for the Orange and Black, touching the wall in 1:56.30. That time was good enough for a sixth place finish.
In the 200 butterfly, Ashton Klopp had the fastest time for Findlay, finishing in ninth overall and first in the B final of the event with a time of 2:09.74, the fifth fastest time in G-MAC history. Katy Kouvaris swam in the A final and finished seventh with a time of 2:12.19.
In the 200 yard freestyle relay, Findlay's Isaac Stretch, Colin Martin, Timothy Stollings, and Trent Williams narrowly missed the provisional mark in the event, finishing in a time of 1:21.84. That time was a fourth place finish, but was also good enough to set the new school record in the event by almost a full second.
Stollings had a great swim in the 100 yard backstroke where he raced to a time of 49.40, earning him third place in the event. That time, however, is the fastest in conference history and also breaks the school record in the event. Stollings wrapped up his day in the 50 free with a time of 20.63 in the event, good for fourth in the field and second-fastest in conference history.
Stretch later competed in the A final of the 100 yard breaststroke and finished third with a time of 55.39, good enough to meet the B standard. That time breaks Stretch's own school and conference record in the event.
Paul Pavala earned a spot in the A finals in the 200 yard butterfly and finished with a time of 1:51.78, good enough for fifth in the event. That time is also the second-fastest in G-MAC history.
The Oilers will wrap up the Calvin Invite tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7.