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Swimming - Wed, Nov. 21, 2012
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The Concordia Eagles men's and women's swim teams competed in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Shootout two-day meet November 9th and 10th.  The men finished second, with only them and Cal Poly in the competition.  The women finished third out of four teams.

By Jennifer Simons

Top story for the women's swim team was freshman, Riley Smith, finishing first in the 200 yard freestyle the first day of the meet with a time of 1:55.74 and earning twenty points to CU's overall score.  Going into the second day, Smith took the first place slot in the 1000 yard freestyle race out of eight competitors with a finishing time of 10:40.68 and adding another 20 points for the Eagles.  The top two races for the men was the 200 yard freestyle relay and 100 yard freestyle.  The relay was swam by seniors Cody Ditsler and Josh Kloppenburg and juniors Kevin Donnelly and Lucas Spencer touching the wall first out of eight relay teams with a time of 1:27.29, giving the Eagles eighteen points.  Spencer also took away the first place slot in the 100 yard freestyle at 47.16 adding another nine points to the board.

The first day of the Cal Poly Shootout started out strong for the women in the third event of the day they finished second overall in the 1650 yard freestyle swam by freshman Samantha Leanza with a time of 18:26.02 adding seventeen points for the team.  Sophomore Tara Bletcher added another fifteen points in the 50 yard freestyle event finishing fourth stopping the clock at 26.14.  The 400 yard IM was raced by junior Carly Colin finishing fifth with a time of 4:41.88 adding another fourteen points to the CU total score. The final event for the first day was the 200 yard freestyle relay swam by senior Kayle Morris, Bletcher, and freshmen Sarah Eggers-Jamieson and Smith finishing fifth overall stopping the clock at 1:44.18, adding twenty-eight points to the board.

The men also made a statement in their first appearance in the 200 yard medley relay finishing second, third, and fourth. Concordia's ‘A' team, consisting of seniors Kloppenburg, Richard Hall, and Ditsler and junior Donnelly, finished second touching the wall .51 second under the leader at 1:37.87 giving the Eagles fourteen points.  The ‘B' team touched the wall third at 1:40.82 raced by senior David Kauffmann and juniors Gabe McDermott, Laszlo Perlaky and Spencer adding another twelve points. Concordia's ‘D' team finished fourth with a time of 1:42.22 by senior Matt Nellor, juniors Patrick Sonsteng, Elliot Bilsland, and Brock Bedingfield. Ditsler also had a fourth place finish in the 200 yard freestyle at 2:05.87 tallying five more points to the board for the Eagles.  Bisland and Hall had a strong finish in second and third in the 100 yard butterfly.  Bisland finished .52 seconds ahead of Hall at 53.45 for second place landing Hall with a time of 53.97 collectively adding thirteen points for CU.  Hall did not end there, but took the third place slot in the 100 yard backstroke in 54 seconds flat earning six more points.  Kloppenburg also took third place in 100 yard breaststroke touching the wall at 59.45. 

The men's diving team consisted of senior Jose Bahena and he finished with a score of 251.15, giving the Eagles nine points in the one meter dive. The women's team was freshman Mary Ann McCain finishing fourth of eight with a score of 204.55 adding fifteen points for the Eagles.

Starting off on the leaderboard for the women on day two was Smith in the 1000 yard freestyle landing in first place at 10:40.68, followed in fourth place by her teammate junior Carly Colin with a time of 11:05.82.  Concordia placed fifth in the 200 yard IM raced by senior Valerie Thorp with a time of 2:18.16 and earning fourteen points for the Eagles.  Freshman Mikala Nelson also found herself on the leaderboard in fourth place in the 200 yard butterfly with the time of 2:14.80 and thirteen points.  Later in event 17, Thorp took away the second place slot in the 200 yard backstroke touching the wall at 2:12.28 and earned seventeen points.  Smith and Colin had another big performance in the 500 yard freestyle where they finished second and third out of nine competitors.  Smith touched first at 5:09.71 with seventeen points, immediately followed by Colin at 5:21.38 with sixteen points.

The first event for the men showed a promising day for the Eagles as they finished second in the 400 yard medley relay. Concordia ‘A' team consisting of: seniors Hall, Ditsler, Kloppenburg and junior Spencer, with a total time of 3:35.21 and fourteen points.  Junior Kevin Donnelly took away the third place spot in the 50 yard freestyle stopping the clock at 21.80.  Spencer and Nellor competed in the 200 yard IM finished fourth and fifth.  Spencer touched at 1:59.72 followed by Nellor at 2:00.89.  Junior Elliot Bilsland found another position on the leader board in the 200 yard butterfly touching the wall second at 1:57.77, .70 seconds under the leader.  Donnelly earned a third place finish out of eleven competitors in the 100 yard freestyle at 58.50.   Another third place finished was earned by Bisland in the 200 yard backstroke finishing at 2:01.57.  Kloppenburg finished third at 2:10.42 ahead of his teammate, Spencer (fifth) at 2:11.86, in the 200 yard breaststroke, together earning ten points for the Eagles.  The final event of the Cal Poly shootout was the 400 yard freestyle relay where the men finished fourth with an overall time of 3:24.55 raced by the junior class Bedingfield, Sonsteng, Bisland, and Perlaky.  

The following weekend, Saturday, November 17, CU competed in the 2012 Orange County Invitational Swim Invite at Soka University held in Aliso Viejo, CA.  The Eagle men took first out of five and the women finished second among four teams. 

Junior Lucas Spencer had another impressive showing in the 200 yard freestyle finishing with the record at 1:45.04.  Senior Evan Norton set the record for the 1000 yard freestyle at 10:20.56.  The men and women continued to set records with seniors Richard Hall and Valerie Thorp in the 200 yard backstroke at 1:59.04 (Hall) and 2:09.81 (Thorp).  Josh Kloppenberg and Peter Brecht went 1-2 in the 100 Breaststroke and then flipped places in the 200 Breaststroke.  Brecht also won the 200 IM.  Parker Simmons debuted in the 50 Free with a national cut of 21.94, good for 3rd place.  Freshman Riley Smith continued her winning ways by taking the Women's 200 Individual Medley.

The Eagles are back in the pool, December 15-17, at UNLV in Las Vegas for the UNLV Invite.


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