December 10th, 2013

St. Catharine's swim team has solid showing

Justin Farr

St. Catharine's swim team has solid showing
Hannah Spaulding / photo by Justin Farr

St. Catharine’s swim team participated in the Union College Winter Invitational last weekend.

The Lady Patriots went into the meet hoping to continue their gradual improvement. With Hannah Spaulding (Springfield, Ky.) being just outside of the national tournament qualification pace in the 100 breaststroke, hopes were high for a successful weekend.

Spaulding dove in early as she nailed down a fourth-place finish in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:25.24.

In the 500 freestyle, Martha Raley finished ahead of Union’s Dana Witheft with a time of 6:46.98. Raley followed her performance with a stellar lap in the 200 butterfly, nailing down a 3:04.00.

Keely Taylor (Portsmouth, Ohio) flew through the 100 breaststroke in 1:33.48 and the 100 freestyle win 1:11.93, placing her just behind her competition.

Spaulding finished out the day for the Lady Patriots as she swam the 200 breaststroke in a blazing 2:41.16.

However, the shining moment came early in the meet when Spaulding took on the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.96, scoring her a top-five finish. That bettered her personal best by four seconds and was only a second from the national tournament cut.

The Patriots' next meet is Jan. 10 at Centre College.



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