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The Hollins swim team came into the 2013-14 campaign on the heels of a pair of winning seasons. With a returning roster that included a pair of All-ODAC performers, the team looked to continue their rise to the top of the conference standings.
The team started the season competing in three invitational and three dual meets, providing a quick opportunity for the newcomers to "get their feet wet" before they attacked the bulk of their meets after the Winter Break. Hollins finished the first part of their season with three top-ten finishes in their invitational meets. Despite failing to pick up a victory in their three dual meets, the Hollins team posted several personal bests and broke more Hollins records en route to gaining valuable experience.
When the calendar turned to January, the team faced many hurdles before even getting into the pool. The team had several members studying abroad and working internships that left the team a little shorthanded for their eight meets before the season-ending ODAC Swim Championships. The team rallied around one another to make a big push, winning three of their final five meets, toward the ODAC Championships. During the term, Hollins bested three ODAC opponents, setting themselves up for their final event of the season.
During the championships, Hollins placed a pair of swimmers in four different ODAC final heats. Meg O'Brien '15 (Chattanooga, TN) earned finals berths in the 400 Individual Medley and the 200 Butterfly. O’Brien enjoyed her best finish, 14th, in the 400 IM. First-year swimmer Hayley Caulfeild-James '17 (Willow Street, PA) capped off her excellent debut season with finals appearances in the 100 and 200 Butterfly.
The young team with just three seniors on the roster constantly improved during a season that saw 17 Hollins swim records fall. With a strong core of swimmers set to return, Hollins will look to use this season as a springboard toward future success.
The Hollins swim team posted a second consecutive winning season during the 2012-2013 campaign, the first time in school history the team has achieved this distinction. The 7-6 dual meet record came in the face of fierce competition in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and Hollins swimmers broke an astonishing 30 varsity records this season.
Maggie Dwyer '14, Sage Otto '13, Claire Webber '16, Grace Iaquinto '15, Catie Asip '16, and Meg O’Brien '15 each received Hollins Student-Athlete of the Week honors. Webber was named All-ODAC Second Team and Asip became the first female diver in ODAC history when she competed on the one meter board at Division I VMI.
In addition, the team met its goal of earning Team Scholar All American Award from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America for the fifth consecutive year. Read more »
The momentum achieved from all these accomplishments will propel the Hollins swim team into the highly anticipated 2013-14 season.