Swim teams win, set records


Sean Hastings

Sophomore Lauren Oostman set the Padovan Pool record in the women’s 200-yard backstroke Saturday.

Tyler McCluskey, Swim Reporter


Senior Matt Jacobs set the Padovan Pool record in the men’s 50-yard breaststroke Saturday.
Sean Hastings
Junior Matt Jacobs set the Padovan Pool record in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke Saturday.

Sophomore Lauren Oostman and junior Matt Jacobs set Padovan Pool records in their respective events Saturday to help lead the men and women to wins over Valparaiso.

Oostman posted a 2:06.36 in the 200-yard backstroke, while Jacobs had a time of 57.54 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Jacobs said getting the record felt good, and it was because of all his hard work in practices were paying off.

Oostman said she was surprised that she broke a record this early in the season and said that running in practice helped her break the record.

“Even in just a week, I think (running) made my legs that much stronger,” Oostman said. “I was able to push off harder on the walls — hit my turns better.”

Jacobs said that he did not change much approaching the meet, he just focused on his turns and said that by making them quicker, he got the one-second drop in time that he needed. He also did not expect to break the record this early, but it was on his mind.

“Coming into this meet, after what I’ve seen, what I’ve been doing, it was definitely on my mind,” Jacobs said. “To be able to accomplish it is a great feeling.”

Coach Jacqueline Michalski said the team had an excitement that she has not seen before.

In the 100-breaststroke, the Panthers took the top three spots. Following Jacobs, junior Brandon Robbins finished with a 58.83, while freshman Colin Frazee finished with a 1:03.30.

Freshman Kailey Adcock earned herself a new personal best in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:25.84, while senior Fallyn Schwake was right behind her with a 5:26.86. Schwake also took first in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:02.35.

The men set the pace with the top two wins in the 200 medley relay. Jacobs, senior Brogan O’Doherty, junior Patrick Wood, and junior Jennings Soccorso-McCoy finished with a 1:35.75, while sophomore Logan Long, sophomore Nick Harkins, junior Brandon Robbins, and junior Bryan McPherson ended with a 1:40.63 time.

Soccorso-McCoy took three first place finishes in the 100, 200, and 500 free with times of 47.28, 1:45.89, and 5:01.46, respectively.

For the women in the 200-medley relay, the team of Oostman, junior Dani DiMatteo, sophomore Martee Grainger, and freshman Rachel Manderscheid placed first with a time of 1:52.87.

Grainger took first place honors in the 200 free with a time of 2:02.32 and also tied for first in the 100 free with Valparaiso’s Paige Wright.

Freshman Gloria Gonzales was right behind her with a 2:03.18 in the 200-free.

Oostman, along with her record in the 200-backstroke, took first in the 100-backstroke with a time of 58.73. DiMatteo took home first in the 50-free with a 25.26 and the 100-butterfly in 59.16.

The Panthers took both wins in the 200-freestyle relay with the team of Oostman, Grainger, DiMatteo and freshman Julia Martin taking first with a time of 1:41.66. On the men’s side, the team of Long, O’Doherty, Robbins, and McPherson finished with a 1:28.06 time.

The women’s team defeated the Crusaders 168.5-86.5, while the men captured their first win on the season with a 163-99 victory.

The Panthers will be back in action at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 when they take on Evansville at the Padovan Pool.

Tyler McCluskey can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].