Roanoke, VA - The Hollins swim team returned to her home pool on Saturday when they hosted Ferrum and Gallaudet in a tri-meet. Hollins bested the Panthers, 106-58, but fell to the Bison, 98-94, for their first loss of the meet season.
The meet appeared to get off to a good start for the home team when they destroyed the field in the 200 Medley Relay. However, the team was DQ'd after a foul on one of the exchanges, leaving Hollins to play catchup for the remainder of the afternoon. Those points would prove crucial as Gallaudet used a deeper roster to accumulate just enough points to hold off Hollins, despite seeing the Green and Gold win six of the nine individual events with another five runner up finishes.
Dani Raymond scored a pair of victories in the distance events. Raymond won the 1,650 by more than a minute over teammates Betzy Liriano and Kaleigh DePetro. The trio just missed another 1,2,3 finish in the 500, once again lead by Raymond. DePetro added another third place finish in the 100 Freestyle while Raymond finished runner-up in the 200 Freestyle, a race that started just minutes after her 21:15.29 in the 1,650, a lifetime best.
Debra Henke enjoyed a stellar afternoon. Henke posted a lifetime best in blasting the field in the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 5:29:59, finishing a pool length ahead of the runner-up. In the 100 Freestyle, Deb just missed another lifetime best by .04 seconds. Alexandra Sanchez also picked up a pair of wins in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. After winning the 50 yard sprint by over three seconds, Sanchez added first place points when she finished .05 seconds ahead of Maya Schattgen in the 100 Fly. Schattgen added another lifetime best in the 100 Backstroke, once again securing second place points. After finishing 4th in the 50 Free, Lucy Manjikian recorded a runner-up finish in the last individual event of the meet, the 100 Breaststroke.
After seeing each of her swimmers post either lifetime or season bests, Hollins will challenge Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) power Emory & Henry next Saturday at 1:00pm.