Photo by Rachel Cardelli.
The Lewis men and women’s swim teams celebrate their seniors during a pre-meet ceremony.
The men and women’s swim teams defeated Lincoln College on Friday, Jan. 19 in a head-to-head Senior Night meet, which concluded with multiple new record holders.
With family and friends filling a steamed natatorium, cheers peaked as the women’s 200-yard medley team placed first with a time of 1:48.91 setting a new pool record.
The relay team, consisting of seniors Meghan Beese, Jackie Bower, Rachael Cardelli and Caitlin Krull, marked the win an important accomplishment as they prep for postseason.
“Breaking the pool record, to me, was a perfect example of the team that I’ve seen develop these past four seasons,” said Bower. “The girls I swam on the relay with started at all different levels. We learned how to be part of a team, and I think that shows a lot in our accomplishment.”
Moreover, Junior Gabby Jeffers earned first place in the 100-yard backstroke and set a new pool record. Seniors Bower, Krull and Mackenzie Murphy added to Lewis’ score with first place finishes in individual events.
Likewise, on the men’s team, senior captain Mads Knoblauch set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke during time trials. Knoblauch’s first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly also contributed to the Flyer’s score.
Senior Alexander Kotevski added a second place finish in the 100-yard fly and senior Jake Sater contributed with a third place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.
“The pool record was a fun challenge for myself because I was trying to beat my own record,” said Knoblauch. “My first 100-yards was faster than any of my individual 100 back dual meet times this year. However, it was [a] good experience and a healthy reminder of how to pace my 200 backstroke at the GLVC championships.”
Prior to the event, seniors were announced in a ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments as student athletes.
Emotions arose when senior Sarah Simar received a surprise visit from her parents who traveled from her hometown in Jennings, La.
“The lessons I have learned and friendships I have gained are just a couple of things I have the program to thank for,” said Cardelli. “The team is like a second family, and I am thankful for the opportunities I was given, and the memories I have made.”
While they can look back on their Senior Night achievements as they are added to the board of record holders, their sights are still set on the conference championship meet.
“We have been working extremely hard all year for this meet,” said Cardelli. “We had some really good races on senior night and I think that was just a preview of how fast everyone is going to swim at conference.”
The Lincoln College meet marked the final competition before the team travels to Crawfordsville, Ind., to compete in the GLVC Championships starting Wednesday, Feb. 7.