Senior Day Success

group picture of the swim team in advance of their final home meet of the season. Senior Dani Raymond (center of group) was competing for the final time in the Hollins pool.
The Hollins swim team honored senior Dani Raymond (center) prior to her final home meet.

Roanoke, VA - For the final time this regular season, the Hollins swim team was in action when they hosted a trio of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) swim teams in a quad-meet. Prior to the action, the Hollins coaches, swimmers, family, and fans took a moment to honor her lone senior, Dani Raymond.

Raymond and her teammates didn't disappoint as they post several season and all-time best efforts in defeating two of the three ODAC rivals in advance of the Conference Championships. Hollins defeated Greensboro, 105-32, and Guilford, 108-42, while falling to Roanoke, 102-77, despite swimming short-handed.

Raymond got her afternoon off to a good start by earning a runner-up finish in the longest event of the meet, the 1650 Freestyle. Almost two hours later, the senior captain came back to best the field in the 500 Freestyle. In the 500, Raymond paced herself and mounted a comeback in the final three legs to pull away for a four second victory. Dani wrapped up her final home meet by swimming the opening leg of Hollins 800 Freestyle Relay, another runner-up effort by the home team.

After winning all three of her individual events at Bridgewater last night, Alex Sanchez posted a pair of season bests efforts in besting the field in both the 200 and 100 Freestyle races. In the 200, the sophomore posted a time of 2:07.86 before coming back later in the afternoon to swim a sizzling 58.15 in the 100 and out-touching the other 10 swimmers by over a second. Sanchez would add third place points in the 50 Freestyle. In addition to Alex, Hollins would claim four of the top six positions in both the 100 and 50 which saw 11 entries in each event. Molly Sullivan would post a lifetime best in her heat victory of the 50 Freestyle. In the 200, Emily Miehlke would earn third place points in advance of a top five finish in the 100.

Maya Schattgen would earn an individual win in the 100 Butterfly. Schattgen posted a time of 1:05.04 and out-touch her opponent from Roanoke by just .29 seconds. Less than 15 minutes later, Maya returned to post a solid third place effort in the 200 Backstroke and finish just ahead of teammate Megan Bull. In the final individual race, Hanna DeVarona would swim the best 200 Breaststroke of her first-year campaign to claim a runner-up finish. The meet closed with the Raymond led relay team earning second place points.

Hollins will enjoy a little rest before they start their intensive training leading up to the 2018 ODAC Swim Championships that will be contested over three days, February 9th-11th.