The Emory & Henry College Women’s Swimming Team dove right into their 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the annual ODAC Relays, hosted by Washington and Lee University. The Wasps finished fourth out of the nine competing schools.
This meet served as the unofficial initiation for ODAC Swimming, even though only three of the 10 events were NCAA sanctioned. E&H earned one event win and also attained three third-place finishes for the day.
The trio of senior Michaela Nolte, junior Kelsey Jones and junior Brianna Chessock won the 150-yard breaststroke relay with a time of 1:37.98. These leaders played a key role in grabbing this victory, but also act as a catalyst for the team’s demeanor and attitude in approaching each meet. During an interview on EHC-TV prior to the season’s start, women’s swim coach Cody Skinner stated, “One of the biggest strengths [to this team] is having strong leadership. The senior class is very strong.”
Following their first and only victory of the meet, first-year Olivia Anson and Savannah Scarbrough joined Chessock to take third in the 150-yard butterfly relay with a time of 1:27.15.
Subsequently, the 100-yard dolphin kick relay took place. This was another third-place acquisition for the Wasps as Nolte, junior Holly Roth, Jones and senior Lauren Blakey went 1:03.72.
The 500-yard crescendo relay swooped into the mix as first-year Taylor Simmons, Anson, Roth and Blakey swam legs of 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards, finishing in 5:24.26 which put the Wasps in fourth place.
Finally, E&H got a number three finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Nolte, Chessock, Scarbrough and Anson brought forth their final efforts for a time of 1:45.04.
E&H will have its first official meet of the year when it travels to the Sewanee Invitational on the weekend of Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. The first event for Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
– Andrew Davis