Women’s Swimming and Diving Dominates in Home Opener, Splits Double Dual

The Illinois Tech Women’s Swimming and Diving team swept the competition during its first meet of the season at Ekco Pool on October 20. Illinois Tech topped Illinois College 163-45 and defeated St. Ambrose University 156-56. The team traveled to Anderson, Indiana, the very next day to compete against top competitor Franklin University and host Anderson University. The Scarlet Hawks bested Anderson (152-40) but fell short to Franklin (153-50).

Meet Highlights – October 20

  • The top two 400 Yard Medley Relay teams dominated at the top. The “A” relay, finishing with a time of 4:17.59, started strong with Katy Lydon‘s backstroke and finished with Brigitte Temple‘s breaststroke performance, Briana Tyler‘s butterfly, and Jamie Wurster‘s freestyle. The “B” relay finished close behind with a time of 4:35.90 thanks to Haley Slator, Milica Gvozdjan, Lavinia Santos, and Christina Hiotaky.
  • Lydon was untouchable as she won the 200 Yard Freestyle, finishing with an impressive time of 2:01.48. She was also a force in the 500 Yard Freestyle, gliding into the wall in first place (5:23.45).
  • Temple snagged first place in the 200 Yard IM, finishing with a time of 2:23.05.
  • The 1000 Yard Freestyle also had the top two finishers thanks to Delaney Shepherd‘s 11:58.14 and Madeline Lane‘s 12:34.62 finishes.
  • Illinois Tech finished strong with the 100 Yard Breaststroke, nabbing the top three spots in the event with Temple (1:11.58) claiming first, Emma Prager finishing second with a 1:15.26 time, and Gvozdjan placing just moments after with a 1:15.67 time.

Meet Highlights – October 21

  • Lydon was strong in the 1000 Yard Freestyle, placing second with a time of 11:13.07.
  • Wurster (third place, 26.19s) and Tessa Skubal (fourth place, 27.73s) turned in impressive 50 Yard Freestyle times. Wurster also placed third in the 100 Yard Backstroke at 1:07.56.
  • Tyler (2:22.86) and Temple (2:24.85) both had strong swims in the 200 Yard IM, coming in third and fourth place. Tyler also finished strongly in the 100 Yard Butterfly, touching second with a time of 1:02.58. Temple finished steady, clinching third in the 100 Yard Breaststroke at 1:10.55.
  • The Scarlet Hawks’ 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (Wurster, Tyler, Hiotaky, and Lydon) swam 3:55.06, coming in at second place just six seconds behind Franklin.

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will host UW-Whitewater and Beloit College on Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. at Ekco Pool. A live video stream will be available.