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Swimming and Diving makes a splash with new records at MWC Championship

The Beloit College Swimming and Diving Team closed their season on February 18 at the Midwest Conference Swimming & Diving Championships Meet held at Grinnell College. The women’s team ranked fifth in the conference with a total of 254 points, and the men ranked seventh with 222 points.

After 11 meets this season, Beloit College finally faced their final competition of the year. The conference meet is the last chance of the season to break records and show off all the hard work put in throughout the year- and that is exactly what the Bucs did. Over the course of this three day meet, the team broke three school records. 

Somer Stoffregen’19 set a new record for the 1650 meter freestyle with a time of 18:40.96, placing sixth in the meet. This was Beloit’s fastest time since 2016 with Alyssa Nichols’ previous record of 19:01.97.

Breaking her own record in the 100 meter freestyle, was Briana Stoffregen’19 with a time of 55.03. Her previous record of 55.18 was set earlier this season in January at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Also setting a record at the meet was diver Will Kangas-Olson’21, who placed third in conference with a score of 359.70 in the 1 meter dive.

With all these records broken so late in the season, the team has shown signs of promising growth carrying forward. The Buccaneers’ standing in conference has improved since last year when the women’s team ranked eighth and the men’s team ranked seventh.

It looks like our swimmers will be able to keep up this momentum into their 2019 season next year.

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