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K Swim Team Finishes Season on a High Note

(Kalamazoo Sports Information)

Saturday night marked the end of the season for both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. The men’s team finished second at the MIAA Conference Championships while the women’s team finished third.

Despite not winning in either men’s or women’s, Coach Kathy Milliken is still proud of the way both her teams swam. “It was the best women’s meet I’ve ever had here,” said Milliken. “The girls broke 11 school records, that’s almost half our school records.” This included an MIAA record in the 200 Medley Relay set by Christina Park’17, Ellen Neveux’17, Colleen Orwin’17 and Tristyn Edsall’17 with a time of 1:44.72.

At the end of the conference meet, Edsall’17 was named MIAA Swimmer of the Year. Her season was highlighted by a conference championship prelim time of 0:23.23, which is a school and MIAA record.

Lauren Seroka’16 was another stand out performer for the Hornets at conferences. She won two events and finished second in another one. This tied her for the highest individual point scorer of the meet.

Coach Milliken shows the same level of pride when she talks about the way her men’s team performed. “We knew it was going to be a fight for second through fourth with Hope and Albion. They really went out and earned their second place finish,” said Milliken. The second place finish came from a solid all around team effort from the men, highlighted by Will Guedes’15 winning both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving events.

At the end of the Conference meet Will Guedes’15 was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Diver for the second straight year.

Going forward Coach Milliken will now prepare her top performers for NCAA Regionals at the University of Chicago at the end of the month. Once all Division 3 conference meets finish this week the exact number of K swimmers and divers that will be going to NCAA Regionals will be known. It could be as many as eight women and three men.

Dylan Shearer’15 has a chance to make NCAA Regionals with a couple NCAA times at conferences. If he makes it K divers Will Guedes’15 and Colin Grogan’18 will join him.

On the women’s team Tristyn Edsall’17 and Lauren Seroka’16 lead the way as possible qualifiers for regionals. Edsall’17 currently has the fourth fastest time in Division 3 in the country in the 50 freestyle event.

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K Swim Team Finishes Season on a High Note