This past weekend, Emory & Henry’s swim team competed in the 2017 ODAC Swimming Championships in Greensboro, NC. Beginning on Friday, the Wasps faced three days of the toughest competition in the conference. They earned a third place finish after the first day of competition, and remained consistent to end the final day with a third place title overall.
E&H went into the first event, the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, seeded fourth. The team, which consisted of senior Michaela Nolte, first-year Olivia Anson, junior Brianna Chessock, and senior Jessica Richardson, finished two spots higher to snatch runner-up. They clocked a time of 1:38.16, compared to their preliminary time of 1:47.34. Chessock made a second appearance for the Wasps in the 500-Yard Freestyle Relay placing ninth with a time of 5:20.97. In the 200-Yard Individual Medley, the Wasps took the eighth, ninth, and tenth places. Anson, junior Kelsey
In the 200-Yard Individual Medley, the Wasps took the eighth, ninth, and tenth places. Anson, junior Kelsey Jones and first-year Savannah Scarbrough finished with times of 2:15.72, 2:19.50, 2:19.70, respectively.
Next up for the Wasps was the 50-Yard Freestyle. Nolte was only .05 seconds away from breaking the E&H record, with a time of :23.95 to earn a second place finish. Richardson came in fifth place in the same event with a time of :24.17.
In the consolation final for this event, senior Kia Hamilton finished 13th clocking in a time of :26.06. Richardson, Nolte, Anson and Chessock teamed up again and clocked another runner-up finish in the 400-Yard Medley Relay finishing with a time of 4:01.23. During her leg, Richardson broke the school record for the 100-yard backstroke, stopping the watches at :57.68. This would put the Wasps in third place after the first day of competition.
The Wasps saw more events on the second day of the championships as they competed in seven different events. Richardson, Nolte, Chessock, and Anson earned yet another runner-up finish in the 200-Yard Medley Relay swimming a 1:49.16. Scarbrough competed in the 400-Yard Individual Medley finishing at 4:58.05 to come in seventh place. Anson earned another seventh place finish for the Wasps in the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 1:03.07.
In the 200-Yard Freestyle, first-year Taylor Simmons clocked in a 2:09.92 to earn a tenth place finish. Nolte earned her fourth and final championship title in the 100-Yard Breaststroke. She stopped the watches at 1:04.35, leading her competition by 0.70 seconds. Teammates Chessock and Scarbrough finished fifth and seventh with times of 1:08.97 and 1:11.63, respectively.
In the consolation final for this event, Jones and Hamilton swam times of 1:12.47 and 1:18.43 to grab 12th and 15th finishes. Richardson earned a second place finish in the 100-Yard Backstroke, swimming a :57.73. Senior Jordan Greenburg won the consolation final of this event with a time of 1:02.62, which was a ninth place finish. Greenburg, Hamilton, Scarbrough and Jones came in fourth place in the 800-Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 8:35.12 to wrap up the second day of competition.
On the third and final day of the ODAC Swimming Championships, the Wasps held their third place finish with a total of 451 points for the weekend. Greenburg started off the day for the Wasps swimming in the 1650-Yard Freestyle. She turned in a time of 19:07.67 for a sixth place finish. She also swam in the 200-Yard Backstroke, finish seventh by coming in at 2:15.88. In the 100-Yard Freestyle, Richardson and Anson finished third and fifth, swimming times of :52.66 and :54.35, respectively. Nolte accomplished another sweep as she earned her fourth and final first place title in the 200-Yard Breaststroke. She even finished with a record-breaking time of 2:19.43.
Chessock and Jones also competed in the event turning in fourth and sixth place finished with time of 2:30.04 and 2:26.06. The final event for the Wasps was the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay. Richardson, Anson, Chessock and Nolte accomplished another runner-up finish with a time of 3:35.72. Richardson tied her own record during her leg, clocking in at :52.45.
– Kayla Mulkey