Cyclone Event Winners
|200 IM||Aine Piedad||2.51.14|
|50 Fly||Morgan Leishman||30.66|
|500 Free||Hannah Soltz||6.21.39|
|100 Breast||Aine Piedad||1.23.92|
|100 Free||Rachel Schottstaedt||1.07.90|
|50 Free||Morgan Leishman||27.72|
|100 Fly||Maggie Krystad||1.21.13|
|50 Breast||Hannah Soltz||34.76|
|200 Free||Rachel Schottstaedt||2.37.97|
This past Saturday, the Cyclones hosted Laney College for the final home swim meet. Along with multiple Cyclones winning events, three Cyclones added times to the Mills Top Ten All-Time Lists. Morgan Leishman added times in the 50 Fly and the 50 Breast, the seventh and fifth spots respectively. In the 500 Free, Riya Rampalli swam the 400 IM and her split times would put her at the eighth spot.
Head coach Neil Virtue said, "Overall, it was a great season ending meet before the Liberal Arts Championships. It was nice to have people swimming some different events than normal." Alex Fakayode swam in the 50 Fly which is not one of her normal events, posting 50.16. Also stepping out of their comfort zones, Dre Osornio and Rachel Schottstaedt swam in the 100 IM.
During the meet, Virtue and his squad honored the three graduating seniors: Hannah Soltz, Morgan Leishman and Juli Lopez. Virtue took the time to speak about each senior and their impact on not only swimming at Mills but also the ways that they have made him a better coach.
The Cyclones are headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Liberal Arts Championships, Feb. 13th - 16th. Virtue is optimistic that the returning athletes will be able to help settle the first timers during this meet and make it a fun environment for them. Performance coach David Motto has been working with the team these past two seasons in helping the athletes focus on how to prepare for each event they swim and making sure the athletes are managing their emotions throughout the three days properly.
"Swimming fast happens when you're relaxed and having fun, it's about a balance of being focused with the perspective of enjoying it," explained Virtue.