Peyton Williams, Sports Writer • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry College Women’s Swimming Team had was very successful this past weekend. They began the dual meet portion of their schedule this past Friday against Bridgewater College. The women rallied to win a thriller, 103-102.
Senior Mackenzie Lingle led the Wasps, placing first in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly. She also took second in the 100-meter backstroke. Senior Bri Chessock won the 800-meter freestyle and the 100-meter breaststroke. Sophomore Olivia Anson (Apex, N.C.) won the 100-meter freestyle. Freshman Sarah Helfert and senior Holly Roth finished first and second in the 400-meter freestyle. Going into the last event of the evening, the Wasps found themselves down by four points entering the 200-meter freestyle relay. The team of Bri Chessock, Savannah Scarbrough, Sarah Helfert, and Olivia Anson won the relay by over seven seconds and clinched the team victory for the Wasps.
The women returned to the pool after short rest on Saturday afternoon to take on Greensboro College and Guilford College. The women’s team were the superior team all day long and earned easy victories over the Pride and Quakers. The Wasps dominated the day, winning 10 of the 11 events including both relays.
The team dominated all day long, as well as having many individuals unleash outstanding performances. Wasp swimmers finished first and second in six of the nine individual races. The senior relay of Lingle, Jones, Roth, and Chessock kicked the meet off with a victory in the 200-meter medley relay.
Sophomore Olivia Anson picked up individual wins in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. She added a relay win in the 200-meter freestyle relay along with sophomores Savannah Scarbrough, Taylor Simmons, and Lauren Trotter.
Senior Bri Chessock finished first in the 200-meter individual medley and also notched a win in the 400-meter freestyle. Senior Holly Roth also picked up an individual win, winning the 800-meter freestyle. Senior Kelsey Jones won the 100-meter breaststroke as well. Scarbrough added an individual win in the 100-meter butterfly.
When asked about the weekend, senior Bri Chessock praised her team. Chessock stated that she was “very proud of the team. The whole team swam well and it was really awesome beating Bridgewater by one point since we lost to them by one point last year. E&H looks to continue its success in the pool as the season progresses.
The Wasps’ next swim meet will be a contest consisting of four ODAC schools on the campus of Hollins University. The women will take on Hollins, Randolph College, and Virginia Wesleyan University.