An Ohio Athletic Conference Championship is what each school strives to achieve each season. But for the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team, it wasn’t about the glory of placing highly, it was more about beating their personal times and setting a legacy for Mark Fino’s first year as head coach.
Each member of the team did more than her part by exceeding expectations. The results, finalized on Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Ocasek Natatorium at the University of Akron, after the three-day meet showed exactly that: a third place finish in the OAC Championships.
Senior captain Rachael Libertin was able to leave her last OAC Championship meet with a smile on her face, as she dominated every event she participated in. Libertin won the 1,650 free, competed in the grueling 200-yard fly and helped JCU’s 400-yard free relay snag third place.
Junior Tori Watson, junior Katii Sheffield, sophomore Lindsey Fano and Libertin participated in the 400 relay, completing the race in 3:34.65, pushing the Blue Streaks above Transylvania University in the standings. Still, Libertin did not stop there.
She went on to take first in the 1,650 free with a time of 18:05.25 and also took fifth in the 200 fly with an impressive time of 2:16.31.
But the team did not gain all of its points there, as it was a total team effort for the Blue Streaks.
Fano took fourth in the 200 breast, finishing at 2:28.08, with sophomore Sam Clark helping out in the diving aspect by placing fifth in the three-meter dive at 221.25 points.
Watson was the runner-up in the 100 free with a time of 52.52. Fano broke the record for fastest time at the event. Unfortunately for her, Meghan Taylor of Translyvania broke the record as well, as she finished first with a time of 52.21.
Sheffield also helped out, taking a time of 18:33.67 by placing sixth in the 1,650 free.
JCU ended the day with 468 points, one point ahead of Transylvania for third place. Ohio Northern University took first place with 813 points. The University of Mount Union finished as runner-up with 672 points.