It’s been a great week and there is a lot to report. I’m going to guess that some of you might be reading this today while enjoying a day off of school because of the snow and ice storm hitting the midwest. If you’re an Easterner, let me warn you – it’s coming your way too! We received about a half inch of ice last night and woke up to the news that the university was closed today.
A University closing happens about once every three years for us, so the team is pretty excited. A surprise Tuesday with no class, what could better?
I know what could be better! How about a national cut and a school record? Yes, that is certainty better than a snow day and that’s what happened this past weekend!
Remember that breaking news I sent out a couple of weeks ago? The news that Molly Gustafson (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) had been named NCAC Athlete of the week? Well, apparently Molly wasn’t happy with just breaking news – this week she needed to break a record and break into national as well. She turned in the 9th fastest time the country in the 100 breast and set a school record with a time of 1:05.30.
Completely unrelated, but also more exciting that a snow day, Coach Koukis achieved her 100th career win at Wittenberg! That makes her the second most-winning coach in the history of our program. If you haven’t had a chance to read the new release, please follow this link.
On Saturday we swam our last dual meet at Kenyon College. Aside from Molly’s performance, junior Keaton Hannon (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh) claimed the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.94, and senior Megan Shubitowski (Columbus, Ohio/Watterson) added a win in the 3-meter diving to go along with a second-place finish in the 1-meter event. In addition, the Tigers’ 200-yard freestyle relay quartet of junior Sinjin McNicholl (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis), senior Rachel Lee (Hickory, N.C./Hickory), junior Jane Tsivitse (Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming) and sophomore Ward McNulty (Glencoe, Ill./New Trier) took the top spot.
On the men’s side, senior Chris Culkin (Novi, Mich./Northville) led the way with a strong performances and first-place finishes in both the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle competitions. In addition, junior Gus Appenrbrink (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) was victorious in both diving events.
With our dual meet season wrapped up, we will be heading to Conference Championships next week. The NCAC hosts the meet in Canton, Ohio. We’ll be traveling on Wednesday and competing Thursday – Saturday. Check in on our website during the week to see how we are doing.