STO 169.5 – OC 92.5 = Olaf sets the stage by going 1-2 in the 4 medley relay, the relay they picked. There are a few close events here and there but the bottom line here is Olivet is over matched in this tournament. Olaf wins both relays and 9 individual events. Olivet picked the 2 free relay, so hats off to finishing it strong. STO 1-2 record. OC 0-3.
Best dual of the meet and it’s an in-conference rivalry. Normally the rivalry stays on the guy’s side but the women wanted to share in the fun. Hope chose the 4 free and K picked the 4 medley. 13-4 out of the gate for the Hornets. Hope wins the first 3 individual events and goes up 44-30 only to see K win the next two events and pull to within 4 going into the 50 free. Two studs square off… Libby Westrate for Hope and Taryn Edsall for Kalamazoo and when the dust had settled both girls looked up and saw a 23.91 next to their name. Kalamazoo entered one diver on one board and outscored Hope 9-0 in diving. Post diving Westrate wins the 100 and we see some back and forth UNTIL the 100 fly where Zoo goes 1-2-3 and puts Hope away. Even a strong finish going 14-5 and then 13-4 in the 2 IM and 4 free relay respectively aren’t enough to catch the Hornets as K pulls the upset 136.5 – 134.5. Records: K 2-1, Hope 1-2
The 1 vs the 2 for 3rd place?!?! UWSP picks the 4 medley and goes 1-2 to open up a 15-2 lead that the Lady Reds just can’t overcome. Carthage picks the 200 free relay. The opening relay didn’t end up mattering much as UWSP wins 161 – 101 but despite the spread in the score, both teams each won 6 individual events while UWSP swept the relays. UWSP 2-1, CC 1-2
3rd seed WashU Bears. 4th seed Chicago Maroons. WashU wins the toss and chooses the 4 free relay, Chicago counters with the 200 medley. Wash U dominated… kind of… Wash U won both relays and also got the 3rd place points for both relays. Wash U won 10 of the 16 events, 8 of 12 in swimming (that’s 75%!). Despite all of this they LOSE. Yes, that’s right, despite looking like they would dominate, they get upset by the 4th seeded Maroons 149-145 in an epic battle for the ages.
Where Chicago won events, they WON events. The 6 events they won they finished 1-2-3 in 3 of them and went 1-2-4 in another. They had the depth to keep WashU from pulling away and they waited until the time (or event) was right to attack.
Congrats to the women of UChicago for pulling the huge upset to win it all. Maybe some coaches need to look at this before filling in their next ranking poll…