|Falcons Win in Virginia|
|Sunday, 28 October 2007|
|Pfeiffer Swimming traveled to NCAA division 1 Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to race both the VMI men and Randolph College women swimmers on Saturday afternoon. The Women's team defeated Randolph 140-53. |
Randolph College put up a strong fight- the women's 1,000 free was a battle all the way with the Wildcat swimmer just touching out Pfeiffer Freshman Amanda Singleton on the last lap of the 40 lap race. Singleton would come back to win the 100 breaststroke later in the meet. Sophomore Meg Toncheff won both the 200 and 500 free events, while classmate Brittany Byrum won both the 200 IM with a personal best time, and also won the 100 back for the Falcons. Freshmen Emily Belton and Hannah Fitzgibbons both took wins for the team in the 50 and 100 free respectively. Alicia Philips and Lauren Tolbert also contributed to the Pfeiffer win in the 200 medley relay. Lone VMI female swimmer swam Chelsea Nugent swam a very strong 100 butterfly to win that event overall for the Keydets of VMI.
Coach Hawkins said, "While our times in general were not our best it didn't come as a surprise, following back to back meets last weekend and some quality work in the Merner training pool, especially yesterday afternoon. We've been putting in extra work on our walls which is one of our weak points and it was great to see quite a few swimmers improve in that area today. I think the best times we did see are an added bonus, and I am very excited about what this group will accomplish once we get to the point in the season where they will get some rest before racing. Days like today are all about racing for the team first, and the guys and girls are finally learning what they can accomplish when they pull together and support each other. Just having that roster size and strength alone is still not enough to win meets, you have to be able to get out there and compete on the day and we did that. We took some risks to get people a chance to swim some different things and fortunately it paid off. We'll be back at home next weekend to race tough conference competition Limestone College on Friday at 6pm and then the new teams from St. Andrews on Saturday Nov 3rd."