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SMC Swimming & Diving: Saint Mary’s hosts Kalamazoo and Wabash

Kate Grabarek | Friday, October 29, 2010

Saint Mary’s hosts its annual home meet this afternoon at the Rolfs Aquatic Center at Notre Dame with Wabash and MIAA foe Kalamazoo coming to town.

The Belles are coming off two strong finishes in their first two contests of the season.

Saint Mary’s opened the season at the Dennis Stark Relays hosted by Notre Dame, where the Belles finished in fourth place out of 112 teams behind three Division I teams — Notre Dame, Illinois State, and Valparaiso.

In the Relays, the Belles had three third-place finishes, including the 400 medley relay, 400 backstroke relay and the 400 free relay. Junior Tina Koswenda also finished third in the combination diving event.

The Belles next competed in the MIAA Relays, a non-scoring event.

The Belles had their top finish in the 3×500 free relay with sophomore Liz Palmer and juniors Audrey Dalrymple and Megan Price taking fifth place in the event.

The Belles also took sixth place in four events that day, including the 200 backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly relays, as well as the 400 medley relay.

The 200 butterfly relay team consisted of Dalrymple freshman Genevieve Spittler, sophomore Liz Litke and sophomore Katie Griffin.

Last season against Kalamazoo, the Belles fell 180-107, but had some strong finishes including first place finishes by Dalrymple and sophomore Ellie Watson.


Waston took first place in the 1000 and 500 free style events, while Griffin earned the top spot in the 100 breaststroke as well as the 100 butterfly events.


Dalrymple took home first in the 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley events. Dalrymple took second in the 100 breaststroke behind Griffin.

After this event the Belles will take almost a month off before they travel to the University of Chicago for its Invitational the weekend of Nov. 19-21.