Wildcats Make Splash at Conference Meet

Sam Thomas ‘20 

Senior Sports Writer

Thatcher Scanell ’22 competes in the 1650 Freestyle, on his way to a fourth place performance.

Davidson’s Swimming & Diving teams competed at the Atlantic 10 Championships this past weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The men finished fourth out of eight teams and the women finished eighth out of eleven teams. Both team performances were highlighted by a myriad of strong individual performances and multiple school records set by Sarah Helen Shepherd ‘21 across the four day competition.

Records set by Shepherd included the women’s 400 Individual Medley, which she set both in the preliminary and final rounds. Her times were 4:22 and 4:17 respectively which put her eight seconds clear of the second best performance in school history. The performance earned her third place overall. Shepherd also set the school record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01 in both the preliminary and final rounds. That performance was good for fourth in the competition. Beyond the Individual Medley, Shepherd also tied Kate Morton’s ‘16 school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:01.

Other strong performances included sophomore Mitchell Stanek’s 2:00 mark in the 200 breaststroke. The mark was good for second best in program history and was part of a two second and six place improvement from a season ago. Alex Strasser ‘20 also moved up to second in program history with his performance in the 100 butterfly in a time of 48.59 seconds. The mark tied Will Fox ‘14’s best mark and placed him eighth in the competition. Furthermore, Thatcher Scannell ‘22 placed fourth in the 1650 freestyle in 15:42. The mark comes on the heels of his school record performance in that event at US Junior Nationals last fall in a time of 15:36.

On the women’s side, the 400 freestyle relay placed fifth with a time of 3:25. The team, made up of Frances Resweber ‘20, Maggie Farrell ‘19, Siena Senn ‘22, and Shepherd, averaged a 100 time of 51.3. That average time would be good for eighth in the program’s history, showing the excellence of that mark. Resweber, Farrell, and Senn also moved up on the program’s performance lists in their individual freestyle performances. Resweber moved to fifth in program history in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51, Farrell moved to sixth in the 100 freestyle with a performance of 51.22, and Senn moved to second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:55.

George Washington won the Men’s swim meet, and Duquesne took home first place in the women’s meet. George Washington, like the Davidson men from a season ago, rely on their senior class for a large bulk of their points. Both Duquesne and George Washington won the meet a season ago as well.

Both of the programs put together very solid performances. They both graduated strong senior classes last year and have maintained pace with their performances at previous conference championships. Both the men and women return a strong core next season and look to keep making a splash in the A-10 and beyond.

Next season, the Women’s team will return 20 out of 24 team members, and the Men’s team will return 24 out of 27 team members. Hopefully, the small loss of only seven seniors between the two team will culminate in an even more successful season than this historic one.

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