Lewis swimming competes at Findlay

Tori Foster, Sports Editor

  

The men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Hillsdale University on Saturday, Nov. 10. The men’s team competed in a dual meet with Findlay defeating them 201-90, while the women’s team competed in a tri-meet with Findlay and the host Hillsdale, losing to the oilers 187-91 but defeating the Chargers 134.5-126.5. 


In the men’s competition, the Flyers finished in first place in 14 of the 16 events. Lewis started the competition off strong as the 200 yard medley relay team consisting of freshman Yurii Kharko, junior Guillame Bolivard and seniors Helio Meggito Pereira and Colin Williams placed first with a time of 1:35.38. The 200 yard freestyle relay team made up of Kharko, Bolivard, Williams and senior Jared Stigant also took first place, outpacing their competition by nearly 3 seconds. 


Williams then went on to win two more individual events in the 200 yard and 50 yard butterflies. Freshman Diego Saez-Illobre Molinero also recorded two individual wins in the 200 yard backstroke and 200 yard individual medley, alongside sophomore Brock Star who finished first in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle races. 


In the women’s races, junior Ebony McCray led her team in first place finishes with two in the 50 yard freestyle and the 50 yard butterfly. She also added points to the board with a second place finish in the 100 yard freestyle. Junior Ianthe Van Den Westhuizen and Sophomore Stephanie Palczynski also recorded first place wins of their own in the 1000 yard freestyle and the 200 yard backstroke, respectively.

 

Jonas Olczyk, volunteer assistant coach and Lewis swimming alumni, commented on the team’s work ethic and how it has turned individual swimmers into a competitive team unit. “We are starting to see a general mindset on the team that no one wants to be outworked,” Olczyk said. “That attitude towards practice has manifested itself in results at dual meets and will continue to help the team achieve great results throughout the season.” 


With the heavy loss of seniors from last season, the program has seen swimmers step into the roles left behind from last year’s leaders and record holders. “The GLVC is currently the single most competitive conference in Division,” said Olczyk. “As a team we strive to compete with all teams in the conference, but most crucial for us is to focus on our own team and work to improve ourselves in every event. 

Competing with other teams will come next.”


The men’s and women’s team will travel to William Jewell to take on their first conference competitor on Saturday, Dec. 1.