Ferrum, VA - After a pair of team, invitational, style meets, the Hollins swim team entered the dual/tri-quad meet portion of the 2017-18 campaign. The green and gold would travel to the newest full member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Ferrum College will be a full competing member next fall. Hollins would challenge the Panthers and LaGrange in a tri-meet.
Hollins won each of the nine individual events as well as both relays to earn a clean sweep of the meet. Hollins topped LaGrange, 128-20, while defeating their hosts, 129-41.
The morning got started with a 20 second victory in the 200 Medley Relay. The team of Grace Davis, Maya Schattgen, Hanna DeVarona, and Alex Sanchez set the tone for a Hollins team that dominated all day long. As has been the case for the past two seasons, Dani Raymond continued her strangle hold on the distance events by winning the 1000 Freesyle and coming back later in the afternoon to pick up another set of first place points in the 500 Freestyle. Raymond, still working her way back into form after missing some time in the pool, dropped over a minute from her first 1000 swim of the season back at the Converse Invite.
The steady stream of top finishes continued when Sanchez finished ahead of Emily Miehlke in the 200 Freestyle, later the duo returned for another 1-2 effort in the 100 Freestyle. Miehlke would return in the very next race, the 50 Freestyle, this time besting teammate Megan Bull for a another sweep of the top two spots. Schattgen picked up the first of her two individual victories in the 100 Butterfly and then in the 100 Backstroke. In the Backstroke, Schattgen was joined by Davis and Bull for the only 1-2-3 effort of the event and Davis added more points when she topped the field in the 200 Individual Medley. The final individual race was the 100 Breaststroke and Hollins again earned a 1-2 finish when DeVarona touched the wall ahead of Molly Sullivan.
The final event of the meet, the 400 Freestyle Relay, allowed Hollins to complete the sweep when the team of Raymond, Bull, Sullivan, and DeVarona finished off Ferrum by over a minute and 20 seconds.
Hollins will have a couple of weeks to train and build off today's meet when they travel to Salem to compete in Roanoke College's quad-meet on November 11th.