The 2015 AIA Division II Championship took place this weekend at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, AZ. SCA Swimming, competing against 56 Division II teams, took 11th place in the event. This is the highest team score SCA Swimming has achieved at the Division II Championship in team history.
The meet began with the women’s 200 Medley Relay. Led by Sophomore Claire Harrison (backstroke), and defended by Senior Ally VanDellen (breastroke) and Junior Hannah Hasty (Butterfly), Senior Captain Elizabeth Hawks (Freestyle) was able to bring the relay home with an outstanding anchor leg. These 4 girls dropped a combined 6 seconds from their former best times to set an inspiring tone for the weekend.
SCA’s strong Junior class – led by Samantha Gowen and McKenna Lenderink – put up outstanding efforts in the 200 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, and 100 Backstroke. Gowen achieved top 8 finishes in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke. Junior CJ VanDellen, making his Division II Championship debut, had a strong showing in the 50 freestyle as well.
SCA Swimming’s team chemistry was displayed during the relay events this weekend. The Women’s 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays achieved top 8 placement for Saturday’s final. All 4 girls (Gowen, Lenderink, VanDellen and Hasty) lifted each other to best times to achieve 6th and 8th place finishes in these events. Their performances showed the depth SCA has developed in short sprints throughout the past year as well as the desire they have to fight for each other in competition.
The SCA Men shrugged off their previously unranked status during Friday’s preliminary of the 200 Freestyle Relay by achieving a spot in the final on Saturday. Senior’s Max Harrison, Zach Patterson and Tyler King were joined with Junior CJ VanDellen to earn a spot in Saturday’s B final. The relay, previously seeded outside the top 16, surprised spectators by achieving an 11th place finish in the event. All 4 athletes swam best times in the event to climb the rankings list.
2015 AIA Division II Championship Finalists:
Samantha Gowen: 5th place in the 200 Freestyle / 4th place in the 100 backstroke.
Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay: 6th place.
Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay: 8th place.
Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay: 11th place.
8 New Team Records:
Women’s 50 Freestyle: Samantha Gowen – 25.56
Women’s 100 Freestyle: 54.61
Women’s 100 Backstroke: Samantha Gowen – 1:00.50
Women’s 200 Freestyle: Samantha Gowen – 1:57.14
Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay: (Gowen, Lenderink, VanDellen, Hasty) – 1:45.24
Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay: (Gowen, Lenderink, VanDellen, Hasty) – 3:56.89
Men’s 50 Freestyle: CJ VanDellen – :23.06
Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay: (VanDellen, Harrison, Patterson, King) – 1:36.65
SCA Swimming Achieves Milestone Records:
- # of individual athletes qualified for state: 6 (previous record: 1)
- # of athletes performing at state: 10 (previous record: 1)
- # of relays qualified for state: 5 (previous record: 2)
- # of relays performing at state: 5 (previous record: 0)
- # of state finalists: 8 (previous record: 1)
- # of SCA Swimming records broken: 8
- Highest team score: 11th (Previous record: 29th)
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