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SMC Swimming: Belles earn first MIAA victory against Alma

Eric Prister | Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saint Mary’s underclassmen put on an impressive performance Saturday as the Belles defeated Alma College 167-104, their first conference win of this young season.

A trio of Belles ended the day with three first-place finishes – sophomore Maggie Williams, freshman Audrey Dalrymple and freshman Eva Cavadini. Cavadini’s three victories came in individual events, including the 1000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle. Williams and Dalrymple both were members of the first-place 200-yard medley relay team and also finished first in two individual events each.

“I was especially pleased with the performances of [Dalrymple] and [Cavidini]”, Belles coach Ryan Dombkowski said.

Along with the stellar individual performances by the Belles, they also were solid as a team, attaining the top three spots in two different events. In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Cavadini finished first with a time of 11:15.50, followed by freshman Barbara Beidler and sophomore Anna Frantz, who finished with times of 12:12.14 and 14:13.22, respectively. Then, in the 200-yard freestyle, Saint Mary’s went 1-2-3 again, with first-place going to freshman Megan Price with a time of 2:07.05, second to junior Lindsey Nelis in 2:08.14, and third to junior Sara Niemann with a time of 2:09.05.

“All in all, I’m pleased with the team’s performance,” Dombkowski said. “I am looking forward to a few good weeks of practice before our December invitational.”