By Hunter Chovanec, Sports Information Student Assistant
Grand Rapids - The Alma College swimming and diving teams competed in day two of the MIAA Championship meet on Thursday (Feb. 20) on the campus of Calvin University. The highlight of the day came from freshman Nate Sutton (Livonia, Mich. / Livonia Churchill). Sutton beat Eric Ferrara's school record in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:45.74. The freshman had just missed Ferrara's time of 4:46.23 in the prelims earlier in the day, before coming back in the final and beating it. As a team, both the men and women are in sixth place with identical scores of 101 points.
The men were led by Sutton's eighth place finish in the 500 free. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, Sutton was joined by teammates Sawyer Hill (Wyandotte, Mich. / Wyandotte Roosevelt), Cole Malhoit (Canton, Mich. / Canton), and Josh Mushinski (Livonia, Mich. / Livonia Churchill). The four men finished in sixth place with a time of 1:32.00. Sutton was also apart of the 400 yard medley relay team along with Max Carey (Highland, Mich. / International Academy West), Eli Thomas (McCordsville, Ind. / Mt. Vernon), and Andrew Smith (Milan, Mich. / Milan). They also finished in sixth place with a time of 3:50.42.
The women were led individually by sophomore Sarah Gaines (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Liberty) with a 15th place finish in the 200 yard individual medley. Gaines finished with a time of 2:18.06. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the team of Allison Brown (Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake), Jennifer Ostrowski (Northville, Mich. / Northville), Paige Thompson (Sister Bay, Wisc. / Gibraltar), and Emily Diener finished in fifth place with a time of 1:42.29. In the 400 yard medley relay, Brown, Ostrowski, Diener, and Gaines teamed up to finish in fifth with a time of 4:09.57.
The Scots will be back in action on Friday (Feb. 21) for day three of the MIAA Championships. Action from Calvin University will begin at 10:00 am.