2017-18 Swim Season in Review

2017-18 Swim Season in Review

By Emily Jodway, Sports Information Student Assistant 

Alma, Mich. - The Alma College swim and dive team wrapped up its season on Saturday, February 24, after a fourth-place finish for the women and fifth for the men at the MIAA Championships. 

Juniors Kate Lehman (Haslett, Mich./Haslett) and Eric Ferrara (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) broke two school records this season, with Lehman breaking her own previous shared record with Jaclyn Shetterly, at the MIAA Championships in the 100-yard butterfly preliminary race (1:00.43). Lehman also took a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley event at the MIAA finals, swimming the race in 2:16.32. Ferrara set a new record in the men's 1650 freestyle event at the final day of the MIAAs, touching the wall in 16:47.83. 

Other standout performances include several times from freshman Haven Westra (Jenison, Mich./Jenison). She earned her season-best time in the 200 breaststroke race at the MIAA Championships, where she took sixth in the B finals with a time of 2:32.40. She also had the top time in that race during the Alma-Hope meet, taking first with her time of 2:38.23. 

Fellow freshman Max Carey (Highland, Mich./International Academy West) took second in the 100 butterfly consolation final race at the MIAAs, finishing in 55.52 to earn a new season-best time in that race. He also took first in the 100 fly race at the Alma vs Hope meet in January (56.66) and finished 10th in the A finals of the 200 butterfly at the Carthage Classic (2:06.42). 

The women earned their regular-season win against Olivet in January, where they bested the Comets 148-99. Lehman took first in a pair of events at the meet, posting times of 2:19.69 and 2:24.40 in the 200 butterfly and 200 IM races, respectively. Sophomore Sydney Louis-Ferdinand (Southfield, Mich./Birmingham Groves) finished in first place in the 500 and 1000 freestyle events as well as the 100 butterfly to propel the women to victory. 

The Scots will graduate two seniors from the swim team this spring, Nick Fuller (Ionia, Mich./Portland St. Patrick) and Taylor DiSantis (Oswego, Ill./Oswego). Fuller set two new personal bests in his senior year, in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle races at the MIAA Championships and the Carthage Classic (1:08.22. 58.91). DiSantis saw improvement in the 200 and 500 freestyle races at the MIAAs, setting new times of 2:33.96 and 6:50.40.