Swimming secures first victories of the year

The Guilford College women’s swimming team has gone 2-2 at its last two meets as it prepares for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships. The Quakers have a 2-4 record for the season.

“It’s gone really well, we’re like a really small team so it can be hard,” said first-year Rebecca Shenhouse. 

The Quakers picked up a meet victory over Greensboro College on Jan. 19. The win marked the first dual win for Guilford’s coach Brad Herndon.

The Quakers won eight of the 11 events to earn an 86-30 decision.

Junior Carolyn O’Halloran won three individual races for the Quakers as well as being part of the winning 200-yard medley relay. She had a time of 27.37 seconds in the 50 freestyle, 1:01.51 in the 100 freestyle and 1:12.86 in the 100 butterfly.

Shenhouse won the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke races. Her times of 1:21.43 and 3:14.99 are best on the team for the season in the events.

“I feel like I’ve improved a lot over the season,” said Shenhouse.

Sophomore Audrey Helfenbein rounded the victories with wins in the 500 free and 100 backstroke.

For the final meet before the ODAC championships, the team traveled to a four-team meet hosted by Hollins University. The team lost to Hollins and Virginia Wesleyan but beat Randolph College.

Two second-place finishes for O’Halloran paced the Quakers. She finished the 50-yard freestyle in 26.44 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 59.76. Her time in the 50 free was .17 seconds off the best time in school history and placed herself third in the record books. She also holds the second-best time in school history at 26.41 at the 2017 ODAC championships.

Shenhouse added second-place finishes in the 100 backstroke and 100 breastroke.

“Sometimes we only have three people at meets so we can’t really do relays,” said Shenhouse. “It’s been really good, I feel like everyone’s gotten really close and our coach is really good.”

Like previous years, the Quakers struggle with having a small roster. The team bounced from three to six student-athletes at each event. Although the team is small, it has helped the individuals get more focused coaching.

“The coach is able to give us all really individualized help,” said Shenhouse. “Which is really nice, something you don’t really get on a bigger team.”

The swimming team returns to action on Feb.15 for the ODAC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

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