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LWC Women's Swimming finishes 3rd at LWC Fall Frenzy

By Christopher Coombs

The Lindsey Wilson women's swim team captured third place at the LWC Fall Frenzy after the two-day event concluded on Saturday night at the Holloway Center Natatorium.

Lindsey Wilson accumulated 588 total team points, falling short of first-place NCAA Division II member, Mars Hill (N.C.) (959 points) and second-place Mid-South Conference member Campbellsville (Ky.) (722 points) in the six-team event.

The Blue Raiders secured 11 national A cuts during the weekend, including all five relays, along with a trio of B standards.

Lindsey Wilson opened the invitational with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Bailey Seitz, Sarah Hahn, Laura Stephenson and Jessica Macdonald teamed up to record a national A standard time of one minute and 46.26 seconds. The second relay team of Caitlin Freeny, Hailey Russo, Emma Phillips and Harlee Smock also teamed up for a national A standard with a time of 1:53.32.

Macdonald then took second place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:18.38, good enough for the national B cut.

Stephenson later went on to win the 50-yard freestyle with an A cut time of 25.51 seconds, beating out second place by .09 seconds in the field of 35 competitors. Also in the 50 free, Freeny secured a B cut with a time of 26.32 seconds, clearing the mark by .02 seconds.

Freeny, Hahn, Stephenson and Macdonald raced their way to an A cut time in the 400-yard medley relay. The Blue Raider squad finished in second place with a time of 4:19.55. Seitz, Freeny, Stephenson and Macdonald then teamed up to capture second place with an A cut time of 1:58.45 in the 200-yard medley relay.

Stephenson added a second individual A cut win in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.38, as Macdonald also captured first in the 200-yard freestyle with an A standard time of 2:00.65. Macdonald then won the 100-yard backstroke event with a B standard qualifying time of 1:03.85. She added one final individual cut after her A standard time of 55.52 in the 100-yard freestyle, capturing second place.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Phillips, Seitz, Stephenson and Macdonald once again grabbed an A cut after winning the event with a time of 8:30.12. The B relay team of Freeny, Smock, Russo, and Hahn also secured an A cut in the 800 free relay with their time of 9:10.29.

In the final relay of the invitational, the Blue Raiders finished in second place during the 400-yard freestyle relay, securing an A cut time of 3:57.69 and finishing in second place in the race.

This story was posted on 2017-10-01 19:56:29
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