MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois swimming & diving concluded the home portion of its schedule on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 1) at Brophy Pool in Macomb. The Leatherneck women faced off against Butler, who did not bring any male athletes to the meet.
Monmouth College was scheduled to compete in the meet as well, but did not make the trip due to inclement weather. The Western women fell to the Bulldogs, 148-65.
“I was a little bummed that Monmouth wasn't able to make the meet because of the weather, but it did give me a chance to see what kind of energy the team could put into a meet,” said head coach Greg Naumann. “The team really amped it up as we went through the events. We were swimming some of our normal events, but I did have some swim completely random events. Either way, the team was swimming smarter and stronger yet again. This is to be expected and I also anticipate them getting more excited about the meet and swimming even faster as the next couple of weeks pass. We are definitely looking good as we head into conference.”
The Leatherneck men recorded 23 season-highs as a group. On the boards, Doug Ogilvie recorded a 305.85 in the 1-meter dive, which qualifies him for NCAA Zone C Diving following the Summit League Championships.
Pat Oliver posted season-best scores in both the 1-meter (251.48) and 3-meter (238.50) dives during the meet.
The Western women recorded 18 season-best times during competition. Megan Popp recorded a first-place finish in the 1000-free after touching the wall in a season-best 10:59.19. Haley Brasile finished the 50-free in 26.78 seconds, good for second-place.
The Leathernecks will be back in action next Friday (Feb. 7) as they travel to Iowa City, Iowa to take on Iowa and Augustana College.