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Buccaneer Swimming and Diving start season with a splash

The Buccaneer swimming and diving team began their 2018-2019 season this past Saturday, October 27. For their first meet, the Bucs were able to pull out a couple big individual wins. Senior veteran swimmer Alex Kohn showed off her senior status with great first-meet finishes. With the help of first-year Eliana Ritts, Kohn was able to give the Bucs three winning spots in the dual meet against Illinois Tech.

Kohn took first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.92, and beating her Illinois Tech competition by over four seconds. In the 50 freestyle, Kohn grabbed second place with a time of 27.13. Ritt took home two first place finishes in the 200m individual medley and another in the 100-yard butterfly shaving off two seconds.

Later in the week, Ritt’s weekend performance against ITT earned her a spot as the Midwest Conference player of the week.

Senior Joe Stephenson came in with the only first-place finish on the Men’s side winning the 50 freestyle race. Stephenson was followed by teammates David Morris’21, and Carson McDonald’21 with a fourth and fifth place finish.

Another senior, Meshach Roberts, brought some scoring back up with a time of 58.16 and a second place finish. As for the relays, the Bucs secured a second place finish in the medley relay thanks to Roberts, Morris, Stephenson and Aaron Jolly’19.

The following week, the Bucs dove into another competition out at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Unfortunately the drive was a long one home as the Bucs dropped a 114-91 Men’s match up and a 168-41 Women’s in their first conference meet this season.

MWC swimmer of the week, Elaina Ritt’22 paved the way for the women’s team, grabbing a fourth in the 100 Freestyle, second in the 100 butterfly, and a first place in the 200 Medley.  Anna Bunzel’22 took home another second place with a time of 1:09.84 in the 100 backstroke. The ladies took third in both the 200 Medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

On the men’s side, Joe Stephenson’19, Tenajh Gaitor’22, and  Wil Kangas-Olson’21 all brought in first place finishes for the Buccaneer squad. Stephenson took the 50 freestyle Gaitor took the 100 freestyle, and Kangas-Olson took the one meter and two meter dives. The turnout was promising, but the Bucs were just not enough for the Vikings this week.

The next chance to catch the Bucs win action will be Saturday, November 10 at home at the Kresge Natatorium for a double-duel against North Central and Ripon at 1:00 p.m.

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