Ohio Northern University came into its season opener against John Carroll University at the Johnson Natatorium as the defending Ohio Athletic Conference Champions and with all the confidence in the world, having beat JCU by nearly 100 points in last year’s meeting.
That didn’t faze the Blue Streaks, as the hosts beat the Polar Bears, 153-109, and kicked the season off on a positive note.
The relay team, consisting of senior Victoria Watson, junior Lindsey Fano and freshmen Carly Adams and Anne Crowley, started off the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, with a time of 1:49.98 and a margin of victory just short of three seconds.
Watson, Fano, Crowley and junior Jane Verdi each captured two individual victories during the meet.
Watson took home first in the 200 free (2:00.69) and the 100 free (54.81). Fano placed first in 100 breast (1:09.03) and the 200 breast (2:30.29). Crowley claimed first in the 200 fly (2:26.70) and the 100 fly (1:01.93). Verdi was the final Blue Streak to take home two victories, as she finished first in the 1000 free (11:28.20) and the 500 free (5:34.90).
Crowley claimed one first place during her solo races, winning the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.54.
“Winning the first meet of the season was an amazing feeling,” said Watson. “ONU is a great team and going into the meet, although we were optimistic, we didn’t think that we were going to be able to win against them. This was the perfect start to what I believe is going to be a very good season for our team.”
JCU returns to action for their second meet of the year when the squad travels to Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. After their win over ONU, the Blue Streaks will look to continue building off their momentum as OAC meets approach.
In the opening meet of John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving season, the Blue Streaks hosted the reigning Ohio Athletic Conference Champions in Ohio Northern University. While the Polar Bears walked away with the victory, many young Blue Streaks achieved some significant milestones.
No experience was greater than that gained by freshman Brain Hulseman, who earned first in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.86. Hulseman was also seconds off from another first place finish, coming in second place in the 100 fly (54.73).
Hulseman was pleased with his victory, but treasured the experience more than anything.
“It’s always a good feeling to win an event, but I was really just hoping to put down a good time for the start of the season,” said Hulseman. “I achieved my goals for the meet, so it was a feeling of relief that all my efforts in the offseason have paid off.”
Sophomores Ben Parker in the 1000 free (10:38.22) and Gabe Nock in the 50 free (22.65) also placed second in their respective races.
While the loss was tough, Hulseman and the rest of the squad are looking to use this match as a building block for the rest of the season.
The Blue Streaks will be looking to improve during their next meet, as the squad travel cross town to take on Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.