Women’s Swimming and Diving
The Blue Streaks began the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships on Thursday, Feb. 14 with the goal of snatching a conference championship from the grasps of Ohio Northern, who had claimed eight consecutive OAC titles. Those hopes seemed realistic after the first two days of the meet, but on the third day, ONU pulled away, and Mount Union edged out the Blue and Gold to send JCU to a third-place finish.
Julia Adams was phenomenal this weekend, as the senior proved why she is one of the best swimmers in JCU history. Adams finished first or second in all seven of her races over three days at the OAC Championships. Her notable accomplishments included a victory in the 200-yard IM and second-place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. Her 2:07.84 finish in the 100 IM broke the previous record and made the NCAA “B” cut. Adams’ time of 58.36 in the 100 backstroke also earned her a claim to another NCAA “B” cut. The senior was also part of JCU’s record-setting 200 free relay team. Adams, sophomores Victoria Watson and Karyn Adams and senior Maggie Donoghue set a record time of 1:37.43 in the event. The same relay team also finished second in the 400 free on Saturday. Julia Adams, Watson, Donoghue and Rachael Libertin also did JCU proud in the 800 free, combining for a second-place finish in the relay event.
In individual events, a number of Blue Streaks earned all-conference accolades with third-place or better finishes. Donoghue did well in her final OAC Championships, placing second in the 500 free. Sophomore Danielle Ketterer was an All-OAC diver twice in as many nights, picking up third-place finishes in the one and three meter diving competitions.
Sophomore Karyn Adams, Julia’s younger sister, had a good meet as well. She picked up second in the 100 fly and third in the 50 free. Lindsey Fano also contributed to JCU’s third- place finish in the meet, as she placed third in the 200 IM in the first OAC Championships of her career.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Though the Blue Streaks made a valiant effort, the Blue and Gold placed third in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships for the third consecutive year. Ohio Northern snatched its ninth consecutive OAC title, besting Mount Union (749) and John Carroll (468) with a remarkable 985 points.
Junior Nick Holvey highlighted the Blue and Gold’s efforts, as he captured JCU’s lone first-place finish of the three-day long meet. His time of 46:19 in the 100-yard freestyle gave him his first individual league crown. Holvey finished the 50 free in 21:26 to pick up second in the event. The junior also notched a third-place finish in the 100 fly, with a time of 51.54.
In the relay events, JCU enjoyed some success. The team of sophomore Michael Ian Goggins, Holvey, junior David Sved and senior Drew Edson finished the 800 free with a time of 7:09.34, second only to ONU’s record-setting time of 6:56.51. The Blue Streaks ended the weekend well, as Goggins, Holvey, Sved and Edson combined for a time of 3:11.48, which was good enough for third-place in the event.