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SMC Swimming: Belles head to Albion for conference meet

Sam Davis | Friday, November 16, 2007

Saint Mary’s is 3-1 this season, but it has yet to face a conference opponent in a dual meet.

That changes tonight, when the Belles open their MIAA season at Albion.

The Britons are 0-2 this season, with losses to conference powers Calvin and Hope.

Saint Mary’s dominated two opponents the last time it swam competitively. In a tri-meet in Crawfordsville, Ind., the Belles defeated Rose-Hulman 183- 44 and Illinois Wesleyan 157-72.

Saint Mary’s won eight of the 13 events that day, including two individual victories by freshman Casey Niezer.

The Belles defeated Illinois Institution of Technology 74-31 and suffered their only defeat, 63-47 to Chicago, in a tri-meet at Chicago on Nov. 2.

Saint Mary’s was supposed to face Alma last week at the Rolfs Aquatic Center, but the meet was postponed.

The Belles will play most of their conference schedule on the road over the next two and a half months before returning home to Rolfs for their final conference match on Feb. 1 against Kalamazoo.