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SMC Swimming: Belles open against Olivet

Ken Fowler | Friday, October 13, 2006

Saint Mary’s hopes to make a splash tonight as it opens its season at 7 in a dual meet with Olivet.Without the benefit of a diving team, the Belles finished the 2005-06 season last in the MIAA but got better as the season went on. Olivet finished third in the league last season, behind Calvin and Hope, and beat Saint Mary’s 89-11 in their only meeting.But Olivet’s only All-MIAA swimmer from last season – Jill Lingbeek – graduated, and Saint Mary’s is looking for a strong showing under first-year coach Ryan Dombkowski.With just one senior on the team, juniors Noreen Sherred and Kelly Tighe will lead the Belles into the 2006-07 season. Sherred specializes in the middle-distance freestyle events, while Tighe is a freestyle sprinter.Olivet coach Dave Stubbs is in his fifth year with the program after collecting 531 wins and 31 conference championships at the high school level. Sophomores Erin Tramper, who holds the school record in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, and Amy Johnson, whose 24.50 second 50-meter freestyle time in best in Olivet history, will lead the Comets.After today’s match, the Belles have two weeks off before taking on the Hope Flying Dutchmen at home Oct. 27.