WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM COMPETES WELL AT LIBERAL ARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Elsah IL – Principia Athletics
Day 1– Prelims 
The Liberal Arts Championships began February 8 with the Women’s 1 Meter Diving – 11 Dive event. Senior Annika Erickson and sophomore Rachel Cook competed on the boards. Erickson qualified for finals with a lifetime best score of 353.50. She finished in 6th place overall. 

Day 2 – Prelims
The swimming events picked up this morning and the women’s team produced several season bests during the meet. The 200 Free Relay was the first event. Sophomore Allegra Pierce, freshman Katie Lovegren, senior Bailey Bischoff, and senior captain Shelby Barner swam a season best and finished with a 1:49:44. 

During the 500 Free event, Lovegren swam a lifetime best with a 6:15.02. Two events later, during the 50 Free, Freshman Clara Newesom swam a season best with a 32.55. Many athletes on the team also swam season bests, including sophomore Yasmin Mendoza with a 31.76, junior Amanda Loudon with a 29.41, Bischoff with a 27.66, and Barner with a 26.80. 

After a great start to the championships the team looks forward to some fast swims tonight during the first portion of finals which will begin at 7pm. 

Finals 

The first night of finals kicked off with the 200 Free Relay. The 200 Free Relay team swam in the consuls heat. Sophomore Allegra Pierce, freshman Katie Lovegren, senior Bailey Bischoff and senior Shelby Barner swam a season best.  

Annika Erickson received her medal for 6th place in the 1 Meter Diving competition which happened the night before. 

Finals ended with the 400 Medley Relay, Pierce, Lovegren, Bischoff and Barner finished the meet with another season best.

It was an exciting night filled with fantastic races and dives. The third day of the competition will begin with prelims at 10am tomorrow.

Day 3 – Prelims

The 200 Medley Relay team swam the first event of the morning, it was a good start to the competition. Bischoff, Barner, Katie and Allegra finished with a season best of 2:04.59

The women earned several season bests in the 200 Free event. Mendoza swam a 2:54.38, Loudon had a significant decrease in her time and swam a 2:23.11, Lovegren finished with a 2:22.98, and Battram with a 2:31.86. The next event was the 100 Breaststroke. Newsom swam a season best with a 1:30.45. Barner also swam a season best with a 1:16.77.

Bischoff swam a season best during the 100 Backstroke event, finishing with a 1:06.38. She will be back for finals tonight swimming in the consolation heat!

Finals will begin tonight at 6pm, starting with the 200 Medley Relay event. 

Finals 

The second night of finals proved to be even more exciting than the first. Bischoff swam a season best in the 100 Backstroke, with a 1:06.23. 

Erickson competed in the 3 Meter – 11 Dive event finals. She finished in 5th place with a score of 323.00! 

The team looks forward to the last round of prelims tomorrow, which will begin at 10am.

Day Four – Prelims 

This was the last prelims of the Liberal Arts Championships. It was a great morning with several season bests. 

Bailey Bischoff swam a season best in the 200 Backstroke event with a 2:36.41. The 100 Freestyle was the next event. The Principia women dominated the first heat finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The season bests from the first heat included Newsom with a 1:12.73, Mendoza with a 1:13.31, and Battram with a 1:09.40. Lovegren won the second heat and swam a season best with a 1:04.94, Louden finished in third place in that heat swimming a season best with a 1:05.84. A few heats later Barner earned a season best with a 59.89. 

The meet ended with the 400 Free Relay event and Principia had two teams. In the first relay Battram, Newsom Mendoza and Loudon swam a season best and finished with a 4:41.67. The second relay including Pierce, Lovegren, Bischoff, and Barner swam a season best and finished with a 4:02.67. The second relay will be competing in the consolation heat.

Finals will begin tonight with senior recognition at 5:50pm.

Finals

Finals began with senior recognition, a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of the seniors on all of the teams in the conference. This year Principia’s seniors Bailey Bischoff, Shelby Barner and Annika Erickson were recognized at the event, they have made great contributions to the success of the swimming and diving team.  

The 400 Free Relay competed in the consolation heat tonight. Bischoff, Lovegren, Pierce and Barner finished with a 4:01.48, a season best! The women ended the season on a high note.

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