Swim team breaks pool records but falls short of beating Lancers

Mandee Jackson/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 1, 2011

Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 were the first dual meets of the season for the swim team when Nanook swimmers took on the California Baptist Lancers.

“There are a lot of freshmen so there’s a lot of excitement and energy for our first dual meet,” said Genevieve Johnson, 18, a freshman double-majoring  in fisheries and biology.

Before the meet on Friday, Gabi Summers, an 18-year-old wildlife biology freshman, felt the nerves.

“I’m excited for it, I think it’s going to go well. It’s our first meet and I think everyone’s going to put their best foot forward,” Summers said. 

On Oct. 28, the Cal Baptist team won 17 points, 111-94, the closest margin between the two teams in seven years.  The score for Saturday’s meet was 120-85.

There were a lot of good lap times. Two of them broke the Patty Center pool records and one was close to breaking a Nanook record. 

Sophomore Bente Heller, broke the record for the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.25 two weekends ago. Heller had a personal best this weekend when she hit the wall in 57.70 seconds.

The second pool record was broken was the 400 meter Free Relay on Saturday. Danielle Lyons led the relay team, followed by Margot Adams, then Gabriella Summers, and anchored by Bente Heller. The record set was 3:37.2, beating the old time of 3:40.58. Their time was just shy of beating the Nanook record of 3:36.8. 

Many new girls are swimming this year. The team consists of 11 freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors. Coach Scott Lemley was excited about the results.

“We’ve never even been close to beating them in seven years… It went well, we broke several pool records,” Lemley said.

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