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Leishman Leads Cyclones at Liberal Arts Championships

Leishman Leads Cyclones at Liberal Arts Championships

The Cyclones headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa last Tuesday on a red-eye flight to compete in the Liberal Arts Championships. The Championships were hosted by Coe College, where the Cyclones had 19 swims that are now on the Top All Time Swims for Mills College. Senior Morgan Leishman placed in three different events along with senior Hannah Soltz who placed in one event.

DAY ONE
EVENT ATHLETE TIME
800 Free Relay

Morgan Leishman

Maggie Krystad

Riya Rampalli

Hannah Soltz

9.09.66

Day 1 started quickly for the team as they competed in the 800 Free Relay after their overnight travel and a few hours of sleep. Junior Maggie Krystad had her best in season split times which helped place the team 4th on the Top 5 All Time Relays for Mills College.

DAY TWO
EVENT ATHLETE TIME
200 Free Relay A

Juli Lopez

Rachel Schottstaedt

Aine Piedad

Maggie Krystad

1.58.12
200 Free Relay B

Taya Wyatt

Andrea Osornio

Alex Fakayode

Chardonne Humphrey

2.24.71
500 Free

Maggie Krystad

6.21.80
200 IM

Morgan Leishman

Hannah Soltz

Riay Rampalli

Aine Piedad

2.14.06 (F)

2.22.04 (F)

2.41.18

2.44.79

50 Free

Rachel Schottstaedt

Juli Lopez

Chardonne Humphrey

Andrea Osornio

Taya Wyatt

Alex Fakayode

28.46

29.05

31.74

33.44

37.93

38.75

400 Medley Relay A

Morgan Leishman

Aine Piedad

Hannah Soltz

Juli Lopez

4.33.47
400 Medley Relay B

Maggie Krystad

Andrea Osornio

Riya Rampalli

Chardonne Humphrey

5.29.49

Heading into day 2, the Cyclones competed in 5 events throughout the course of the day. In the 200 IM, seinor Leishman, junior Aine Piedad, and senior Soltz all posted in season best times. During the 200 IM Finals, Leishman placed 4th with a finals time of 2.14.06. In the 50 free, 5 of the Cyclones posted lifetime best swims and senior Juli Lopez posted a season best. 

DAY THREE
EVENT ATHLETE TIME
400 IM

Riya Rampalli

5.47.79 (F)
100 Fly

Chardonne Humphrey

1.40.56
200 Free

Taya Wyatt

2.58.26
100 Breast

Hannah Soltz

Aine Piedad

1.11.49 (F)

1.20.96

100 Back

Morgan Leishman

Juli Lopez

Rachel Schottstaedt

Maggie Krystad

Andrea Osornio

Alex Fakayode

1.00.03 (F)

1.12.35

1.12.37

1.18.87

1.29.07

1.47.91

200 Medley Relay A

Rachel Schottstaedt

Hannah Soltz

Morgan Leishman

Juli Lopez

2.02.29 (F)
200 Medley Relay B

Andrea Osornio

Taya Wyatt

Chardonne Humphrey

Alex Fakayode

2.46.73

The Cyclones continued to battle as the meet led into day 3. First year Riya Rampalli swam in the 400 IM, improving her lifetime best by 8 seconds in the prelims and then dropped an additional 10 seconds in the consolation final. In the 100 breast, Piedad and Soltz swam two strong races with Piedad posting a season best and Soltz taking the 2nd place on the Top 10 All Time list. Flying solo in the 100 fly first year Chardonne Humphrey finished a tough, tough swim by pushing through some technical difficulties. First year Taya Wyatt executed a great race in the 200 free, posting some awesome split times. 

The team rallied in the 100 back with all 6 Cyclones dropping big seconds of their season best times. Piedad dropped 6 seconds, sophomore Andrea Osornio dropped 7 seconds, first year Rachel Schottstaedt dropped 4 seconds, Lopez dropped 3 seconds, and junior Maggie Krystad had a season best time that was 2 seconds from a lifetime best. Leishman dropped time in the prelims and went on to the 100 back finals to place 4th.

Schottstaedt's lead off split in the 200 medley placed the first year in the 9th spot on the Top 10 All Time list and 3rd on the Top 5 Relays of All Time. "Between the prelims and finals, the team switched up their order which was fun," explained head coach Neil Virtue. "The B relay had some awesome splits," Virtue commented, "[Humphrey] got her team fired up and excited which helps get those times."

DAY FOUR
EVENT ATHLETE TIME
200 Back

Morgan Leishman

Maggie Krystad

2.07.37 (F)

2.48.93

100 Free

Juli Lopez

Rachel Schottstaedt

Riya Rampalli

Chardonne Humphrey

Andrea Osornio

Taya Wyatt

Alex Fakayode

1.10.95 (TT)

1.11.42 (TT)

1.05.82

1.13.01

1.14.44

1.21.66

1.32.59

200 Breast

Hannah Soltz

Aine Piedad

2.36.97 (F)

2.55.58

400 Free Relay A

Morgan Leishman

Juli Lopez

Rachel Schottstaedt

Hannah Soltz

4.27.09 (F)
400 Free Relay B

Andrea Osornio

Alex Fakayode

Taya Wyatt

Chardonne Humphrey

5.20.91

As the meet drew to an end on the 4th day, the Cyclones were still posting season best times along with multiple lifetime bests. In her final LAC, Leishman took the top seed in the 200 back prelims allowing her to pick the walk out song for the finals that night. "She was beaming as she walked up to the starting block. It was awesome to see," said Virtue. In the finals, Leishman placed 2nd by 0.02. Virtue and assistant Quinn Silberman double checked the back up times and even reviewed film of the finish that were negilable, but Virtue was proud of Leishman all the same. Swimming alongside Leishman in the prelims, Krystad posted a season best time for the Cyclones.

Leading the team in the 100 free Lopez finished with a season best time and the other 6 Cyclones - mostly first years - finished with lifetime best times. "It was great to see all of them swim so strongly," commented Virtue. Soltz and Piedad finished the single events out for the Cyclones in the 200 breast. Piedad posted a season best time and Soltz snuck into the finals as the 8th seed. In the 200 breast finals, Soltz blasted 2 spots up to finish 6th with a season best time and took the 2nd spot on the Top 10 All Time list.

In the last event of the 4 days, the Cyclones executed throughout the 400 free relay on both teams. The B team had impressive splits showing the evident improvement the team has made throughout the season. First year Alex Fakayode led the B relay with a 3 second drop in her leg of the race. The A team took the 4th spot on the Top 5 Relays of All Time list and showed how hard it is to gut it out to finish that final event of a demanding meet.

"The energy and support throughout was amazing," said Virtue, "I am so proud of them. They embraced the difficulties we faced in training this season and definitely represented Oakland and Mills well."

The Cyclones have three seniors who will be graduating this May: Hannah Soltz, Morgan Leishman, and Juli Lopez. Congratulations Cyclones on an amazing season!