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Swimming conference championship wrap-up

02.21.19

By Maggie Franke

Over the weekend, the Wheaton Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams competed in the CCIW Conference Championship Swimming Meet. The men’s team finished in second place and, the women finished in third place.

On the first day of the meet, both of the two relay events, the 200-yard freestyle and 400-medley, resulted in second place finishes for the Thunder. Sophomore Will Rinne won the 200-yard individual medley (IM) with an NCAA selectable time and meet record of 1:50.23, currently the 11th fastest time in Division III this year.

Wheaton had six other athletes finish in the top eight in their respective events: a third place tie for freshman Ethan Kile in the 200 IM, eighth place finish for freshman Ben Griffith in the 200 IM, a third place finish for freshman Jonathan Schofield in the 500-yard freestyle, sixth place in the 500-yard freestyle for senior Connor Perry, fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle for Christian Cameron and a seventh place finish in the 50-yard freestyle for Daniel Deysher.

The women also had some strong swims on the first day of competition. Wheaton finished second in the 400-yard medley relay and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Senior Brooke Barnes started off her final CCIW Championship meet with an individual title and NCAA selectable time of 23.32 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, the ninth fastest time in Division III this year. Junior Ashley Bowen also finished in the top eight on Thursday in the 500-yard freestyle with a third place finish and lifetime best in the event.

On the second day of competition, Wheaton showed vast improvement from their first day. Rinne continued to stand out as one of the conference’s top all-time talents as he broke the 1:40-barrier in the 200-yard freestyle for the first time in CCIW history. His 1:39.18 gave him an individual conference title and the 13th fastest time in DIII this year. Szymczak finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 49.67, an NCAA B-cut. Griffith was the runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 4:09.24. Cameron finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.52 seconds.

Wheaton had nine other individual top-eight finishes on the second day: fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle for junior Micah Kimel, seventh overall in the same event for Deysher, eighth in the 200-yard freestyle for senior Stephen Larson, seventh in the 100-yard back for Schofield, third in the 400-yard IM for junior Logan McDaniel, fourth in the 400-yard IM for Perry, fourth in the 100-yard butterfly for Szymczak, sixth in the 100-yard butterfly for senior Matthew Rueger and third in the 100-yard breaststroke for Ethan Kile.

In the relay events, Wheaton finished second in the 200-yard medley relay just shy of an NCAA B-cut, but the highlight of that relay was Rinne’s sub-twenty split of 19.76. The Thunder’s 800-yard freestyle wrapped-up a strong night, giving them a second place finish.

The Wheaton Women’s Swim team moved up in the team scoring event on Friday propelled by strong performances by Barnes and junior Michaela Sandeno. Barnes competed in the 200-yard freestyle, the event in which she qualified for the national meet last year, and won with an NCAA selectable time of 1:51.31. With a slightly faster time from her Wheaton Invitational performance, Barnes is currently ranked 19th in DIII.

Sandeno swam one of the most thrilling races of the weekend with her 100-yard breaststroke swim when she touched out the Carroll swimmer in the lane next to her by one one-hundredth of a second to win the event. Wheaton had six other individual finishes in the top eight on Friday night, including Bowen’s eighth place finish in the 200-yard event, freshman Priscilla Min’s fifth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Kiki Rogers’ seventh place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Abby Rutledge’s runner-up finish in the 100-yard butterfly and junior Aleah Perkins’ eighth place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

Wheaton also had two relays on Friday night. The Thunder finished fourth in a close race during the 200-yard medley relay when they finished just 0.21 seconds out of second place. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Wheaton finished second to Illinois Wesleyan University.

Saturday was the strongest day for both teams.Rinne won his third event of the meet with a 100-yard freestyle time of 45.76 seconds, and Szymczak completed a four-year sweep of the 200-yard backstroke event with an NCAA selectable time and meet record of 1:47.98. Szymczak is the fourth person since 1990 to win the event four years in a row.

Wheaton finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a close race that came down to the finish. Carthage edged out Wheaton’s Rinne, but the Thunder’s Szymczak, Cameron, Deysher and Rinne swam an NCAA selectable time of 3:03.00. Wheaton had nine other swimmers place in the top eight individually on the final night of the meet as well. In the 200-yard butterfly, freshman Gavin Patton, sophomore Joe Kim, senior Matthew Rueger and senior Ben Mendez finished fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth respectively. In the 1650-yard freestyle Wheaton also had four finishers in the top eight: McDaniel (third), Patton (fourth), Schofield (fifth) and Perry (seventh).

The Wheaton Women’s team finished their conference meet with excitement. Sandeno swept the two breaststroke events with a 2:24.67 in the 200-yard breaststroke which earned her another individual title. Barnes swept the final event of the sprint freestyle trio with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 51.14, currently the 17th fastest time of the year. Rutledge was the runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke while Bowen finished third in the 1650-yard freestyle.

Min and Rogers finished fifth and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke.

To conclude their competition, Wheaton’s 400-yard freestyle relay raced IWU’s relay neck-and-neck, down to the wire. IWU touched out the Wheaton relay by one-hundredth of a second, but both teams went NCAA selectable times.

Barnes and Rinne were both awarded the honors of Most Valuable Swimmer in the meet, and Wheaton had eleven swimmers receive All-Conference honors: Barnes, Sandeno, Bowen, Rutledge, Rinne, Schofield, McDaniel, Szymczak, Kile, Cameron and Griffith.

All athletes and relays with NCAA selectable times will find out whether or not they will attend the NCAA Division III Swimming Championship Meet in Greensboro, N.C. by the end of the week.

Strong weekend for men’s and women’s swim teams

12.9.18

By Abram Erickson

The Wheaton Men’s and Women’s Swim teams hosted the Wheaton Invitational this weekend at the Jonathan Lederhouse Natatorium. The field of six teams included the Thunder, along with Hope College, Olivet Nazarene University, Washington University of St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Augustana College.

Both Wheaton teams finished in second place overall in their meet, with the men’s team finishing with 726 points, second to Stevens Point’s 1,092 points. The women’s team finished with 745.5 points, a mere 41.1 points behind Washington University’s 786.6.

The weekend was full of impressive performances by Thunder swimmers, and many races that were determined by razor-thin margins.

For the women’s team, Brooke Barnes won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.14 seconds, improving over half a second from her national-best time, which was 51.69. Barnes also took first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.67, but her time from the preliminaries was even better, which at 1:51.05 ranks third nationally in the event.

On the men’s side, Chris Szymczak won the 100-yard backstroke, with a national top-time of 50.02 seconds that ranks sixth-fastest in Division III this season. Szymczak also won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:50.68.

Other strong individual efforts for the women included Michaela Sandeno, who won the 100-yard breaststroke with 1:06.47 and finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke. Priscilla Min finished third in the same race, with a time of 2:26.23, fourth in the 400-yard individual medley and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (IM). Maggie Franke finished third in the 100-yard freestyle, Ashley Bowen took fifth in the 500-yard freestyle and Kirsten Peters finished fifth in the 200-yard backstroke. Abby Rutledge earned fifth place in the 100-yard butterfly and tied for second place in the 200-yard butterfly, with a time of 2:09.12.

Christian Cameron took fourth place in the men’s 100 fly with a time of 50.56 seconds, and third in the 50-yard freestyle. Ben Griffin took third in the 200-yard breaststroke and Jonathan Schofield finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Ben Mendez posted a fifth place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in just under two minutes at 1:59.88. Ethan Kile also earned two top-five finishes: fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 200-IM.

The relays were a source of excitement all weekend long, and one of the closest races of all was the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, where the Thunder took second place with a time of 3:32.98. The team of Franke, Hannah Stevens, Rutledge and Barnes finished just behind Washington University’s team, who reached the wall at 3:32.91.

In another close race, the 400-yard medley relay team of Aleah Perkins, Sandeno, Rutledge and Barnes finished second by seven-hundredths of a second with a time of 4:01.34. Wheaton was victorious in the women’s 200-yard free relay, as the team of Franke, Alex McKeaney, Stevens and Barnes took first place with a time of 1:36.85. Another second place finish came in the 200-yard medley relay when Perkins, Sandeno, McKeaney and Rutledge finished in 1:51.08.

The men also had success in the relays, earning four second place finishes over the weekend. In both the 400-yard free relay and the 200-yard free relay, the team of Szymczak, Cameron, Daniel Deysher and Stephen Larson finished second, with times of 3:05.66 and 1:23.48, respectively. In the 200 medley relay, Szymczak, Griffith, Cameron and Larson finished second with 1:32.93, as did the 400 medley relay team of Szymczak, Kile, Cameron and Deysher, who finished with a time of 3:26.63. The men came extremely close to victory in the 200 free relay, losing by a margin of .45 seconds, and the 400 medley relay decided by .61 seconds.

With the conclusion of the Wheaton Invitational, the competition will cease until after Christmas training over winter break. The meets will resume with the Wheaton Quad Meet on Jan. 12, held here on campus at the Jonathan Lederhouse Natatorium.

Swimmers compete at NCAA DII Nationals

March 29 2018

The Wheaton Thunder Men’s and Women’s Swim teams showed their strengths in last weekend’s 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Five Wheaton athletes made it to the finale, which ran from Wednesday to Saturday. The Thunder Men’s team consisted of senior Jack O’Connor, junior Chris Szymczak, freshman Will Rinne and freshman Christian Cameron, while the Wheaton women sent junior Brooke Barnes to the competition. The men finished out the competition acquiring 27 points over the course of the event.

Individually, Wheaton’s athletes showed their skill throughout the meet. Representing the Wheaton women, Brooke Barnes competed in the 100-yard freestyle swim with a time of 51.47 seconds. She also participated in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:51.75, and in the 50-yard freestyle, she marked a time of 23.73 seconds.

For the Wheaton men, Szymczak qualified for the 200-yard backstroke finals with a prelim time of 1:48.66 and finished in 12th place in the finals with a time of 1:48.99, which earned five team points. In the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke, Szymczak earned a time of 49.99 seconds. Rinne participated in the prelims of the 200-yard butterfly, qualifying 28th overall with a time of 1:52.654. Rinne raced in the prelims of the 200-yard individual medley and posted a school record time of 1:50.08. In the finals, Rinne finished 15th overall with a time of 1:51.07.

Wheaton qualified for the finals of the 200-yard freestyle relay in 15th place, but the relay squad of Szymczak, Rinne, Cameron and O’Connor lowered its time to 1:22.47 to take in 11th place. The same team took 14th place in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:22.07.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the quartet qualified for the finals in 15th place with a time of 1:32.30. Again, the Wheaton athletes lowered their time in the finals, finishing in 1:32.06 and taking 16th place overall.

Wheaton greatly enjoyed their opportunity to go to the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Rinne said, “It was incredible being able to compete at such a high level and experience going to the meet for the first time. There was a strong sense of bonding between our team, especially the four guys on our relay who swam four relays together. The highlight of the meet for me was watching my teammates swim and cheering them on.” As he continued, he looked forward to next season. “This season I think I’ve grown most in finding what I can contribute to the team, both socially and athletically, and next season I plan to step up more into a more leading role on the team.”

The Wheaton Swim team is finished participating in meets for the 2018 season but are continuing to train in the pool and can’t wait to get back to competitions next year.

 

Swimmers compete at NCAA DII Nationals

March 29 2018

The Wheaton Thunder Men’s and Women’s Swim teams showed their strengths in last weekend’s 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Five Wheaton athletes made it to the finale, which ran from Wednesday to Saturday. The Thunder Men’s team consisted of senior Jack O’Connor, junior Chris Szymczak, freshman Will Rinne and freshman Christian Cameron, while the Wheaton women sent junior Brooke Barnes to the competition. The men finished out the competition acquiring 27 points over the course of the event.  Individually, Wheaton’s athletes showed their skill throughout the meet. Representing the Wheaton women, Brooke Barnes competed in the 100-yard freestyle swim with a time of 51.47 seconds. She also participated in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:51.75, and in the 50-yard freestyle, she marked a time of 23.73 seconds.

For the Wheaton men, Szymczak qualified for the 200-yard backstroke finals with a prelim time of 1:48.66 and finished in 12th place in the finals with a time of 1:48.99, which earned five team points. In the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke, Szymczak earned a time of 49.99 seconds. Rinne participated in the prelims of the 200-yard butterfly, qualifying 28th overall with a time of 1:52.654. Rinne raced in the prelims of the 200-yard individual medley and posted a school record time of 1:50.08. In the finals, Rinne finished 15th overall with a time of 1:51.07.

Wheaton qualified for the finals of the 200-yard freestyle relay in 15th place, but the relay squad of Szymczak, Rinne, Cameron and O’Connor lowered its time to 1:22.47 to take in 11th place. The same team took 14th place in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:22.07.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the quartet qualified for the finals in 15th place with a time of 1:32.30. Again, the Wheaton athletes lowered their time in the finals, finishing in 1:32.06 and taking 16th place overall.

Wheaton greatly enjoyed their opportunity to go to the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Rinne said, “It was incredible being able to compete at such a high level and experience going to the meet for the first time. There was a strong sense of bonding between our team, especially the four guys on our relay who swam four relays together. The highlight of the meet for me was watching my teammates swim and cheering them on.” As he continued, he looked forward to next season. “This season I think I’ve grown most in finding what I can contribute to the team, both socially and athletically, and next season I plan to step up more into a more leading role on the team.”

The Wheaton Swim team is finished participating in meets for the 2018 season but are continuing to train in the pool and can’t wait to get back to competitions next year.

 

Women take second in CCIW championships

February 22 2018

The Wheaton Women’s Swim team entered their postseason this past week. From Feb. 15 — Feb. 17, they competed in the CCIW Swimming Championships. The Thunder women earned a second-place team finish with 654 points. Carthage College took home the gold for the first time in their women’s team history with a team score of 940. This was the first time in 20 years that the Thunder failed to bring home the team title. Wheaton won individual meet honors with junior Brooke Barnes being named CCIW Women’s Swimmer of the Meet.

On the opening night of the conference championships, the women started in third place, behind Carthage and Illinois Wesleyan. Barnes got the only first place finish for the women that night, finishing the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.68 seconds, an NCAA B-cut time. Sophomore Maggie Franke was able to get a seventh-place finish in the same event with a time of 24.60 seconds. Sophomore Ashley Bowen gained a third-place finish in the women’s 200-yard IM (individual medley) with a time of 2:11.92. Fellow sophomore Michaela Sandeno finished eighth in the same event with a 2:16.99 time.

The next day left the Thunder still marginally in third place, three points behind Illinois Wesleyan’s 443 point total. Senior Meredith Clarkson won the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:39.22, and Barnes gained Wheaton’s second title of the night with her first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.75). The 200-yard medley relay, comprised of Clarkson, freshman Kiki Rogers, and sophomores Liz George and Franke placed second with a time of 1:49.42. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Barnes, George, sophomore Ashley Bowen and Franke took second with 7:47.51.

With one day of competition left, the Thunder women put on the gas to claim a second-place finish. Barnes won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.40 seconds, sweeping the sprint freestyle events for the championships. She also earned an NCAA selectable time for her win. Franke finished behind Barnes in the 100 free in 53.90 seconds, earning a seventh-place finish. Clarkson also earned All-CCIW honors on Saturday with a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:10.53).

The women who qualified for nationals will finish out their season at the NCAA Division III swimming championships. The DIII championships take place Apr. 21-24 in Indianapolis, IND.

 

CCIW runner-up finish for men’s swim and dive team

February 22 2018

The Wheaton Men’s Swimming team competed in the CCIW swimming championships from Feb. 15 — Feb. 17. The men took home second place with a total team score of 863.5 points, trailing behind Carthage College’s 1,052. At the conclusion of the meet, freshman Will Rinne was named CCIW Men’s Co-swimmer of the Meet.

Junior Tyler Yates was the only Wheaton men’s diver to compete at the CCIW Diving Championships. He placed third, earning All-CCIW honors, in the three meter dive (303.90) and fourth in the one-meter dive (340.10). Yates gained 31 points for the Thunder, placing them in second before the start of the Swimming Championships.

The men came out with a bang on Thursday, posting two CCIW open records and winning three of the five events. In the first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay team, comprised of senior Jack O’Connor, junior Chris Szymczak, and freshmen Christian Cameron and Will Rinne, claimed first place with a time of 1:22.43, breaking the CCIW open record and qualifying as an NCAA B-cut time. Rinne also went on to win the 200-yard IM with an NCAA select time of 1:50.27, breaking the CCIW meet and open records.

O’Connor and Cameron ended up with the first (20.83) and second (21.02) place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. O’Connor came into the race with the top CCIW time for the 50-yard free and got a season-best in the championships. The 400-yard medley relay took second place with a time of 3:20.73, earning an NCAA B-cut time. Sophomores Logan McDaniel (4:48.02) and Micah Kimel (4:48.83) and junior Connor Perry (4:55.26) swam the 500-yard freestyle and placed fifth, sixth and eighth place finishes, respectively.

Finishing out the second day of competition, the Thunder men sat in second place with 575 points — behind only Carthage’s 750. The men continued to put up NCAA times and break CCIW records. The 200-yard medley relay team took the first win of night with a time of 1:32.31, beating the existing meet record. The relay team was comprised of Szymczak, Rinne, Cameron and O’Connor. The men also saw success in the 800-yard freestyle relay team, made up of Kimel, McDaniel, junior Daniel Deysher and senior Chris Dingfield. The four finished in second place with a time of 7:01.63.

Szymczak went on to defend his CCIW Championship in the 100-yard backstroke with an NCAA B-cut time of 49.57 seconds. Junior Stephen Larson (53.41) and senior Addison Coen (53.62) qualified for the “A” final heat as well and finished seventh and eighth in the 200-backstroke, respectively. Rinne won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.00 seconds, an NCAA B-cut time and Wheaton program record. Senior Chris Dingfield followed closely behind with a second-place time of 50.61 seconds. Cameron finished in third (50.85), sweeping the top three spots for Wheaton in the event. Szymczak swam the sprint butterfly event as well and finished in sixth place with a time of 51.35 seconds. McDaniel (4:11.44), freshman Josh Dull (4:22.37), Perry (4:23.41) and freshman Joe Kim (4:24.51) all place in the top eight in the 400-yard individual medley, placing in second, fifth, sixth and eighth respectively.

In the final day of competition, the Wheaton men were unable to topple Carthage, placing in second for the CCIW championships. The men’s relay teams had one last show of dominance, winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. Szymczak, Rinne, Cameron and O’Connor came together to set a new meet record of 3:02.61, earning an NCAA select time. Szymczak also won the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:48.42, marking the third consecutive year that he’s swept the 100 and 200 backstroke CCIW titles. O’Connor and Cameron each went on to finish third (46.58) and fourth (47.36) place in the 100-yard freestyle, respectively.

Dingfield claimed the CCIW Championship title in the 200-yard butterfly with an NCAA B-cut of 1:51.80, barely finishing before Rinne (1:52.92), who earned second. Junior Matthew Rueger and Kim finished fifth (2:01.68) and seventh (2:04.46), respectively. McDaniel and Kimel placed in the top eight in the meet’s longest event: 1,650-yard freestyle. McDaniel finished fourth in 16:49.27, while Kimel finished sixth in 17:11.64.

 

In close contests, both Wheaton swim teams lose to Carthage

January 25 2018

Saturday, Jan. 20, the Wheaton Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams jumped into the pool against the Carthage Red Men and Lady Reds in a dual meet. Though the Thunder put up a strong fight, both the men and women ended up falling short. The men fell 166-127 and the women lost 167-104.

For the women, senior Meredith Clarkson walked away with two first place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (2:17.39) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:58.73). Junior Brooke Barnes finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.66. Barnes also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (53.59). Senior Carrie Steggerda finished first for the 100-yard Butterfly (1:02.80). Junior Bethany Doyle rounded out the women’s first place finishes with a winning time of 2:18.02 in the 200-yard butterfly.

The Thunder men had two impressive relay wins for the weekend. The 200-yard freestyle relay, made up of senior Jack O’Connor, juniors Daniel Deysher and Chris Szymczak and freshman Christian Cameron, claimed first with a time of 1:25.93. Cameron, Szymczak and O’Connor were joined by freshman Will Rinne to win first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:34.60).

O’Connor went on to claim first and second in the 50-yard (21.40) and 100-yard freestyle (48.24), respectively. Deysher touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.11). Szymczak got a pair of individual victories, placing first in the 100-yard (51.98) and 200-yard (1:54.53) backstroke. Dingfield also took two first place finishes. He finished up the 100-yard butterfly in 51.82 seconds and the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.77 minutes.

After last weekend’s lost, Wheaton has a week to recover and gear up for the rest of their season. They’ll return to action Feb. 2 in Bourbonnais, IL to face off against Olivet Nazarene University. The next day, Feb. 3, the Thunder return to Lederhouse Natatorium for the Wheaton Tri-Meet against Augustana College and North Central College at 11 a.m.

 

Women’s swimming team finishes second in quad meet

January 18 2018

This past weekend the Wheaton Women’s Swim team had their first meet of 2018 against Lake Forest College, Kalamazoo College, and the quad meet host: Hope College. On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Thunder got second place with 504 points and finished behind Hope’s 589 points.

The women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team, comprised of seniors Brooke Barnes and Kristen Garner and sophomores Maggie Franke and Ashley Bowen, also claimed first place this past weekend, finishing at 3:44.19. The women’s 400-yard medley relay claimed second (4:16.38), finishing just behind Hope College. The medley relay team was made up of Garner, freshman Kirsten Peters and sophomores Michaela Sandeno and Liz George.

Barnes went on to claim two individual first place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle (53.85) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.74). Franke finished second behind Barnes in the 100-yard freestyle (55.91) and had the Wheaton women’s only other individual victory, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 25.05 seconds. That 50-yard freestyle time for Franke moves up up from ninth to seventh in the event based upon the top times swum this season in the CCIW (Barnes has the current top time in the conference). Sandeno also picked up a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.53), barely a second behind the first-place finisher from Hope.

After taking a week off from conference competition, this Saturday, Jan. 19, the Wheaton women’s swim team will host their biggest conference rival, Carthage College. The swimming competition will start at 11:00 pm after the diving competition takes place in the Jonathan Lederhouse Natatorium in the Chrouser Recreation Center. The Carthage Lady Reds came in second to the Thunder women’s team in the CCIW women’s swimming & diving championship meet last year.

 

A victorious weekend for the men’s swimming team

January 18 2018

The Men’s Thunder Swim team kicked off their 2018 competition year this past Saturday, Jan. 13, in a quad meet against Hope College, Kalamazoo College and Lake Forest College. The Wheaton men won by a wide margin with 615 points and Hope took second with 469 points.

The Thunder men swept both the 400-yard medley and freestyle relays. The medley relay, finishing first at 3:35.89, was made up of freshman Will Rinne, junior Daniel Deysher and seniors Addison Coen and Chris Dingfield. Rinne was also on the 400-yard freestyle relay team with fellow freshman Christian Cameron, junior Chris Szymczak and senior Jack O’Connor. They touched the wall first with a time of 3:11.21.

Six swimmers also gained individual victories. Freestyle seemed to be Wheaton’s lucky stroke this weekend. C. Cameron won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.94 seconds. O’Connor went a bit farther to get first in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 48.02 seconds. Rinne went on to claim first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.41). Sophomore Logan McDaniel rounded out the stroke with first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:34.92. Deysher and Szymczak pulled out first place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.23) and 200-yard backstroke (1:58.18), respectively.

Due his contribution to his team’s first place finish in the quad meet on Saturday, junior Daniel Deysher was honored as CCIW Men’s Swimmer of the Week. This is Deysher’s first time winning the weekly honor, and he was recognized after swimming a personal best in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.23. Deysher’s anchor freestyle leg of Wheaton’s 400-yard medley relay was also a personal-best relay split time of 48.05.

The Thunder are taking no time off, jumping right back into competition this Saturday, Jan. 20. Wheaton will host Carthage College for a dual meet at Lederhouse Natatorium, starting at 11 a.m.

Last year, the Carthage Red Men won the CCIW men’s swimming & diving championship meet where Wheaton finished in third place behind Rose Hulman, who is no longer in the CCIW conference.

 

Wheaton Men in the Pool

December 7, 2017

The Wheaton Men’s Swimming team also had the Wheaton Invitational on Friday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. They placed third with 682 team points. UW-Stevens Point placed first (1141.5), followed by Washington (Mo.) University (890). Hope College placed fourth with 317 points and Augustana finished in fifth (293).

In the first day of competition, junior Chris Szymczak won the 200-yard backstroke with a four second cushion, finishing in 1:50.05. His time qualified as a NCAA B-cut time, giving him a bid to make it to the NCAA Championships at the end of the season. Senior Addison Coen finished fourth behind Szymczak (1:56.59).

The Thunder’s 200-yard freestyle relay team, comprised of Szymczak, senior Jack O’Connor, junior Stephen Larson and freshman Christian Cameron, took second place with a time of 1:23.45. O’Connor and Szymczak were also on the 400-yard medley, along with senior Chris Dingfield and junior Daniel Deysher, that claimed second with a time of 3:27.30. Dingfield also went on to earn a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly.

On Saturday, Szymczak swept in backstroke, claiming first in the 100-yard back. His time of 49.46 seconds earned him a NCAA select time and broke the 1999 meet record of 49.96. O’Connor won the 200-yard freestyle, from the outside lane eight, with a time of 1:41.82, which is seventh fastest in program history. O’Connor also placed seventh in the 50-yard freestyle (21.64). He trailed right behind freshman Will Rinne, who finished at 21.52.

Rinne also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, just barely missing a NCAA B-cut time with 49.96 seconds, the fourth fastest time in program history for the event. Fellow freshman Christian Cameron finished fourth with a time of 51.09 seconds, which is the ninth fastest in program history. Dingfield finished fifth at 52.43 seconds. During the prelims, Dingfield swam a time of 50.47, which is seventh fastest in program history.

Sophomore Micah Kimel also swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.47 minutes, taking fourth place. In addition to the 400 medley, Deysher competed in the 200-yard breaststroke, placing seventh with a time of 2:12.50.

The Thunder head into winter break feeling good about the rest of their season. O’Connor stated that, “overall, [he] was happy with the team’s performance last weekend, but now we know how much work we have to do before we are ready for conference.” Wheaton will be back in the pool after Christmas break, travelling to Holland, Michigan for Hope College’s Quad Meet Jan. 13.