The Kalamazoo College Men’s and Women’s Swim & Dive teams both took first place at the Michigan-Illinois Invitational quad meet at Hope College on Jan 16. The Hornets defeated Wheaton College (Illinois), Hope College (Michigan) and Lake Forest College (Illinois) with a men’s team score of 577.5 and a women’s score of 632.
“It was awesome to see all of our swimmers perform at the peak of their abilities, and it showed that the team has talent for years to come,” Senior Michael Allen K ’16 said.
Allen also noted that it was the first time the men had won the invitational since his first year on campus.
“There were years that we beat Hope during the season, and during MIAAs, but failed to beat them in the invitational, but this year we finally had their number again,” Allen said.
The victorious performance by the women was led by Colleen Orwin K’17 who won two events individually (200 IM and 200 Butterfly) and was on the 400 Medley Relay team that took first as well. The men’s win was spearheaded by Sharif Shaker K’19 and Kevin Ewing K’16. Shaker won two events individually (200 butterfly and 500 freestyle) and Ewing won the 200 IM. Both contributed to the victorious 400 Medley Relay victory.
This past weekend, Jan 23, the Hornets were in action again, hosting Alma for Senior Day. The seniors were sent off with huge victories of 141-10 for the men and 139-26 for the women. In the meet, Colleen Orwin set a pool record in the 400 Individual Medley and Michael Allen, Tejas Vettukattil K ’19 and Cameron Beauregard K ’18 all won two events each for the men.
“It was nice for all of us seniors to finish off our home careers with a win,” Allen said. “We were also able to compete in mixed relays, which is something we usually don’t get to do, so that was a cool bonus.”
Both Hornets Swim & Dive teams have one more meet left for the regular season, at rivals Calvin this Saturday. They are looking to end the regular season on a high note before the MIAA championships in February.