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Coast Guard Sweeps Wheaton on the Road

Auger takes first place honors in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams wrapped up their month-long road trip on Saturday afternoon against the United State Coast Guard Academy with a pair of losses. The Coast Guard men recorded a 178.5-95.5 victory while the women posted a 175-105 triumph. 

Freshman diver Sydney Gillis (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) won a pair of events and senior Dana Auger (Milford, Mass./Milford) finished first overall in the 100-yard backstroke to lead the women's squad. 

Gillis compiled 217.28 points in the one-meter dive and 163.20 points in the three-meter dive for her pair of wins. Auger turned in a time of 1:03.76 nearly beating the second place finisher by two seconds.

In the relays, Wheaton took home a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay as senior Elle Van Cott (Delmary, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), freshman Courtney Leach (Gilford, N.H./Gilford), sophomore Cara Morris (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) and freshman Helen Grant (Suffield, Conn./Loomis Chaffee School) posted a time of 3:54.40. 

Grant claimed second place accolades in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of two minutes and 4.85-seconds while Morris ranked second in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.01-seconds. In the 200-yard backstroke, Van Cott registered a second place showing in 2:22.55. 

Freshman Kirstie Parkinson (Singapore, Singapore/Singapore American School) teamed up with Auger, Leach and Morris in the 400-yard medley relay for a runner-up finish in 4:16.02. Individually, Parkinson collected a third place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.11) while teammate and classmate Caroline Isaacs (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) was second in 1:13-flat. 

For the men, junior Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) highlighted Wheaton's efforts. Jenkins ranked second overall in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.52-seconds and helped the Lyons to a third place performance in the 400-yard medley relay alongside teammates Kyle Wilson (Cumberland, Maine/Greely), Corey Hedges (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and Daniel Spencer (North Yarmouth, Maine/Greely) in 3:53.41.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Spencer tied for second in the event posting a time of 23.34-seconds. 

Sophomore diver Ben Oliveri (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) garnered runner-up finishes in the one-meter dive (188.17 points) and the three-meter dive (164.10 points). 

Wheaton welcomes Roger Williams to Balfour Natatorium for its first home meet of the season on Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m.

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