Albion Press Release
ALBION, Mich. - Albion College put the exclamation point on an undefeated season against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rivals in dual meets with a 141-49 victory over Olivet College inside the Dean Aquatic Center.
While going 5-0 in dual meets is a fine accomplishment, the Britons now turn their attention to the MIAA Championship, set for Feb. 15-18 at the Holland Aquatic Center.
“Our conference dual meet record is something that we are absolutely going to be excited about today, and tomorrow we’re going to recognize it doesn’t matter,” Head Coach Jake Taber said. “We will make sure our focus is where it needs to be two weeks from now.”
Albion’s seniors were in the spotlight at the end of the meet as A.J. Mattson took first place in the 400-yard individual medley (4:29.03) and Sebastian Tostado, Derek Bosko, Nick Burris and Nick Deppner swam away with the 400 freestyle relay (3:21.30). Tostado, leading off the relay with a backstroke swim, set the pool record with a 51.5-second split.
Tostado set a second pool record Friday, winning the 200 free in 1:14.57. Parker Belmore, a junior, also completed his race under the pool record, but he settled for second in 1:42.85.
“We’ve done a couple things differently with Sebastian this year and I think he’s ready to shine,” Taber said of the swimmer who won league titles in the 200 backstroke and 200 IM last year.
The other pool record went to sophomore Gerardo Huidobro who completed the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.66.
Not to be outdone, sophomore Jake Burris improved the school record in 1-meter diving to 317.10 and classmate Henry Swett was not far behind at 303.21. Burris was awarded scores of 7 ½ and 8 on his fifth (a forward 1 ½ somersault with a twist) and sixth (a reverse 1 ½ somersault, 1 ½ twist) dives.
Burris achieved scores of 7, 8 ½ and 8 on a forward 2 ½ somersault with a twist in boosting his 3-meter score to 334.05. Swett was second at 295.25.
ALBION, Mich. – Albion College defeated Olivet College, 137-45, Friday to finish the season with a 4-1 record against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rivals in dual meets.
Kylene Slocum, one of three seniors on the roster, celebrated her final competitive swim in her home pool by setting a pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.87).
Molly Blank and Nicole Manthei, the other two seniors, joined Slocum and Sarah Kilbride in the final event of the night – the 200 freestyle relay. The Britons finished first, achieving a time of 1:45.60.
Kilbride, Katelyn Killewald and Marisa DeCamp finished first in a pair of individual events. Kilbride sprinted to victory in the 50 butterfly (28.27) and 100 freestyle (58.04), Killewald was first to the wall in the 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley and DeCamp won the diving events.
Also gaining first place performances were Megan Harvey in the 500 freestyle, Abigail Slager in the 500 freestyle, Nicky McCann in the 200 backstroke, Mary Noble in the 200 freestyle.
Next up for Albion is the MIAA Championship. The Holland Aquatic Center is the site for the meet which runs Feb. 15-18.