By Hunter Chovanec, Sports Information Student Assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College Swim and Dive team fell to Albion College in a conference dual meet on Saturday (Oct. 26). Albion's men and women combined for 345 team points while Alma had 171. The highlight for the Scots came from freshman Nate Sutton (Livonia, Mich. / Livonia Churchill) who set a school record in the 1000 yard freestyle with a mark of 10:01.81. Sutton's time bested the old record by five seconds. He also earned a victory in the 500-yard free with a time of 4:56.33.
"Today was a huge day for the Scots," said Head Coach Jason Lintjer. "We had a lot of freshmen step up and contribute. Our upperclassmen also showed great leadership and poise against a great team. Nate was able to break the school record in the 1000 free in the first meet of his career as a Scot. The atmosphere was very exciting during that race. It was certainly the loudest crowd I've experienced since I've been at Alma."
Other top finishers for the Scots included junior Allison Brown (Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake). Brown finished 2nd in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 28.89 seconds. Sophomore Jennifer Ostrowski (Northville, Mich. / Northville) picked up a win for the Scots in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 32.36 seconds. Fellow sophomore Allie Dilts (Belleville, Mich. / Belleville) took third in the same event with a time of 33.70 seconds. Freshman Andrew Smith (Milan, Mich. / Milan) took second in the men's 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 30.45 seconds. Senior Cole Malhoit (Canton, Mich. / Canton) finished third in the 200-yard butterfly event with a time of 2:18.49. The women also took second in the 200-yard medley relay. Brown and Ostrowski teamed up with Caitlin Jodway (Westland, Mich. / Livonia Franklin) and Emily Diener to finish with a time of 1:57.90.
The Scots will be on a three-week break before their next dual meet at Olivet College. That event will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 23).