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Midwest Conference Swim Championships

This past weekend Beloit College’s Swimming and Diving team took a trip to Grinnell College for the three day 2019/20 Midwest Conference Swim Championships. 


Tenajh Gaitor’22, David Morris’21, George Carlson’23, and Camden Leonard’23 started off for the Bucs on Friday in the 200-yard freestyle relay. They finished with a time of 1:29.75, earning themselves a fifth-place finish. 

   The women were next up in the same event but were not as successful as the Buc’s men’s side as they finished in ninth. They finished in the ninth again for the 400-yard medley as well. The men’s side got disqualified out of the 400-yard medley relay because of a stroke infraction. 

   Leonard was able to earn himself a medal in the 50-yard freestyle, the shortest race of the championship. He touched the wall at 21.69 to finish in third place. 

   Wil Kangas-Olson’21 earned himself a second-place finish in the 1-meter dive with a score of 359.95. It was his third consecutive year getting a top-three finish at the championships. 


    Gaitor, Morris, Carlson, and Leonard kicked off the second day just as they did the first but in the 200-yard medley relay. They finished in sixth place with a time of 1:40.04. 

   Anna Bunzel’22, Padyn O’Keefe’22, Makenna Downing’22, and Gianna Perata’23 finished in eighth place in the same event respectively. 

   Leonard set a new program record in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle. The new school record is now 1:46.23 which beat out the previous holder Parick Duvall, who held the record since 2008. Leonard finished in seventh place in the finals. 

    O’Keefe and Stevens finished twelfth and thirteenth in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Bucs earned themselves a seventh-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:38.68. The women’s side earned themselves a time of 9:29.81 to finish in ninth in the same event. 


   Brandon Washburn’21 started off for the Bucs in the finals for the 1650 yard freestyle finishing in fifteenth with a time of 18:40.18. In the men’s 200 yard backstroke ‘B’ final, Mattew Shea’21 finished in the fourteenth and Max Saladar’23 finished in fifteenth. 

 Leonard got himself another podium finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a third-place finish touching the wall at 47.20 seconds. In the preliminaries, he set the school record with a time of 47.15 seconds. He then went on to beat his own record that he had set the same day in the 400-yard freestyle relay split of 47.08 seconds. The 400-yard freestyle relay team also broke the record in that event as well touching the wall at 3:17.60. That team included Leonard, Morris, Gaitor and John Rose III’21. 

 The women’s side finished at the bottom with a ninth-place finish in the same event. 

Carlson finished in fifteenth in the 200-yard breaststroke respectively. On the women’s side, O’Keefe finished in twelfth place with a time of 2:48.75. 

 The women’s side finished at the bottom with a ninth-place finish in the same event. 

Through 40 events, the women’s rankings: Lake Forest College (898 points), Grinnell College (879.5), Lawrence University (429.5), Saint Norbert College (315), Illinois College (283), Monmouth College (218), Ripon College (213), Knox College (191), and Beloit College (112). 

The men’s rankings: Grinnell College (915.5 points), Lake Forest College (687.5), Saint Norbert College (516), Monmouth College (344.5), Lawrence University (339), Illinois College (209), Beloit College (196), Ripon College (170.5), and Knox College (44). 

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