Special to the Journal
The Darton College swimming and diving team concluded their NJCAA championship meet on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The women’s team finished in fourth place and the men’s team finished in fifth place. There were several top eight finishers on both sides.
Linn Nordberg scored the most individual points on the women’s side. She took second in the 200 yard butterfly with a school record time of 2:11.04. She also placed fifth in the 100 yard butterfly with another school record time of 58.51. Among some of the other top individual finishers was Karina Malmquist who took fifth in the 200 yard butterfly (2:13.54) and sixth in the 100 yard butterfly (59.47). Jessica Graff placed eighth in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:20.29. Mary Burnette took eighth place in the 200 yard freestyle (2:00.40). Nicole Hawkins finished in sixth place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.43. Another sixth place was Sunnie Chason in the 200 yard backstroke (2:18.15). The women’s team captain, Lindsey Johnson, took eighth place in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:20.36).
The men’s team captain, Peter Soerensen, brought home the most individual points. He took sixth place in both the 200 yard freestyle (1:44.35) and the 200 yard butterfly (1:57.63). Jamie Bolton started off the meet by leading of the 400 yard medley relay with a school record time of 50.34 in the 100 yard backstroke. He then placed sixth in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 51.31. Bolton also took seventh place in the 200 yard backstroke (1:59.26). Among some of the other top individual finishers was Wally Senter who took eighth in the 400 yard individual medley (4:24.58). Ryan Sloat finished in eighth place in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 52.40.
All relays on both sides came home with top five finishes. The top scoring women’s relay was the 400 medley relay finishing in third place with a school record time of 4:02.78. This relay included Hawkins, Wendy Wells, Nordberg, and Burnette. The top scoring men’s relay was the 800 free relay including Sloat, Bolton, Senter, and Soerensen (7:03.34).
“Overall this was a great meet for the team,” said Darton swim coach Molly Gilbert. “The times were faster than they have been all season and most of the times were even faster than they were at last year’s meet. Our time to win the national title as a team is coming very soon. We have a great recruiting class for next year, so please come support us again in the fall.”