Swimming on the rise, Teams combine to win nine out of 10

Travis Marmon

Sports Editor

The College’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have started 2012 strongly, with the women winning all five of their meets and the men winning four out of five.

On Jan. 13, the teams traveled to Hiram, Ohio to take on Hiram College. The Fighting Scots took 20 of the 26 total events at the meet. The men won 122-64 behind wins by Peter Parisi ’13 in the 50 and 100 freestyles; Alex LaJoie ’13 in the 400 IM and 200 backstroke; Kevin Audet ’12 in the 200 freestyle; Peter Hause ’13 in the 200 butterfly; and Brian Maddock ’15 in the 200 backstroke.

Eight women’s swimmers finished in first place in their 154-70 victory. Kara Markham ’14 won the 400 and 800 freestyles. Other wins included Clare Walsh ’13 in the 50 freestyle; Samira El-Adawy ’13 in the 400 IM, Morgan Hughes ’15 in the 100 freestyle; Kate Hunt ’13 in the 200 freestyle; Melissa Haug ’12 in the 200 butterfly and Priscilla Haug ’12 in the 200 backstroke.

The teams split with Ohio Wesleyan University on Jan. 14, with the men losing 122-95 and the women winning 154-63. However, both teams enjoyed dominant victories over Defiance College in the same evening. The men took down Defiance 164-34 and the women won 177-28.

Parisi led the men with wins in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 breaststroke. The women had victories from Hughes in the 50 free; Melissa Haug in the 100 free, Walsh in the 200 free; Hunt in the 100 butterfly and Adriana Hoak ’14 in the one-meter dive.

Last Friday against the University of Mount Union, the Scot men defeated the Purple Raiders 150-121, led by three individual wins from Maddock, who took the 100 yard backstroke, 200 yard backstroke and 400 IM. Parisi, LaJoie and Imre Namath ’13 won two events each.

The women earned a decisive 185-86 win with two first-place finishes each from Mariah McGovern ’14 (100 backstroke and 500 freestyle), Hughes (50 freestyle and 500 butterfly) and Hunt (100 freestyle and 200 butterfly). The women won all four relay events as well.

On Saturday, Wooster took on Malone University at Timken Natatorium. The women won all but one event, the 200 yard IM, which featured Melissa Haug in second place, Rebecca Haug ’12 in third and Kaitlyn Fries ’15 in fourth. The Scots won 154-17.

The men earned a 151.5-118.5 victory over the Pioneers behind two wins each from Parisi and LaJoie as well as Namath’s victory in the 100 free.

The Fighting Scots will travel to Grove City, Pa. tomorrow to take on Grove City College in a dual meet at 1 p.m.