The Trefethen Aquatic Center was busy Friday and Saturday as the Cyclones hosted a Double Dual Meet and the Bay Area Invite. Facing off against Biola (DII), SOKA (NAIA), College of Idaho (NAIA), CSU East Bay (DII), and UC Santa Cruz (DIII) who competed only on Saturday.
“Overall it was a good weekend,” said head coach Neil Virtue. “They focused on the controllables, like supporting one another, giving their best effort, and preparing properly for each event. That’s nice to see as a coach.”
First years Alex Fakayode and Rachel Schottstaedt stepped up in their first home meet for Mills. Schottstaedt swam in 4 different events: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 100 back. She swam a lifetime best in the 50 free posting a 30.61 racetime. On Saturday, Fakayode swam the 100 back and posted a lifetime best as well: 2:05.82.
Pushing through injury and outside obstacles, Chardonne Humphrey, Hayley Chamblin and Aine Pidad showed out this weekend. Humphrey posted a lifetime best on Saturday in the 100 fly with a race time of 1:29.43. Chamblin posted her best flat start time in the 100 free on Saturday: 1:13.92. Pidad swam in 5 events over the weekend, but made sure to be at each of her teammates’ lanes to cheer them on. “The presence of her support was felt throughout the whole weekend,” Virtue commented.
Supporting the first years and sophomores, the upper classes shined throughout the weekend as well. Junior Maggie Krystad swam the 1000 free for the first time in a meet. Her race was beautifully split and she posted a 13:53.61 race time finishing ahead of two CSUEB swimmers.
Juli Lopez posted several best times over the weekend. Starting with an in-season best in the 100 back: 1:17.78, followed by a lifetime best in the 500 free. Posting a 9 second faster time than her previous record: 6:40.09. In her 200 free she added another lifetime best with a 2:26.33 race time.
Commenting on the success of his older swimmers, Virtue said, “The upper classes set the bar for the rest of the team, I feel really lucky to have them.”
Hannah Soltz added 3 best in-seasons of her own to the weekend. Posting 1:14.63 in the 100 breast and 2:17.61 in the 200 free, missing the Mills Top 10 All-Time by 0.62 seconds. Swimming the 200 breast and 400 IM on Saturday, Hannah swam 5:32.99 in the 400 IM. This was the first she swam this race and took the 4th spot on the Mills Top 10 All-Time list for the 400 IM.
Morgan Leishman had a goal this season to place top 5 on the Mills Top 10 All-Times list in all her events. She accomplished that goal this past weekend by posting 6 in-season best times in the 100 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM and the 200 back. Taking the 5th spot on the All-Times list for the 100 breast and 100 fly were the last two races she needed. On top of accomplishing her personal goal, Leishman won the 200 back for the Cyclones on Saturday, finishing over 2 DII schools.
“Her effort has always been off the charts,” said Virtue, “she’s been learning to train differently and starting to trust her strength and ability.”
Virtue is looking to keep his team motivated and positive in their training as there is a large break between now and their next meet. The Cyclones won’t be competing until early December at the Bruin Invite.