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January 30, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Seven titles carry Vikings to invite crown

ELSAH, Ill. – Freshman Emma Regnier (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) won the 200 breaststroke (2:40.83), one of seven titles for the Augustana women’s swimming team on Saturday, January 30 at the Principia Invitational in Elsah, Illinois.  The Vikings won four other individual races and both relay events to capture the team crown with 531 points.

Millikin was a distant second with 332 points while Lindenwood claimed third with 278 points.  Hannibal-LaGrange (255), Principia (214), and Stephens (205) completed the field.

Senior Ramsey Vens (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, Iowa) won the 1650 freestyle (19:51.93), and senior Sara Hlavin (St. Viator HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) raced past the field in the 400 individual medley (5:00.46).  Sophomore Tanya Walter (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.) won both diving events, finishing with 174.50 points in the one meter dive and 169.70 points in the three meter dive. 

Vens, freshman Molly Clennon (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.), Regnier, and freshman Mary Naughton (Fremont HS, Fremont, Neb.) won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:59.70.  Junior Emily Cox (Pioneer HS, Ann Arbor, Mich.), Hlavin, sophomore Alissa Giedd (Freeport HS, Cedarville, Ill.), and Vens scored a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, hitting the finish line with a clocking of 3:55.65.

Cox took second in the 200 freestyle (2:06.10) and also in the 500 freestyle (5:43.02).  Naughton turned in runner-up performances in the 50 freestyle (:26.78) and 100 freestyle (:58.50) races.  She was also fifth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:58.14.  Regnier finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:28.11) and placed third in the 100 butterfly (1:06.47).

Clennon finished in the top four in three different individual races.  She was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.88), third in the 100 freestyle (:59.31), and fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:09.07).  Freshman Emily Timmons (West Aurora HS, North Aurora, Ill.) took second in the 400 individual medley with a time of 5:10.19.  She also compiled fourth place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.77) and 200 backstroke (2:30.41).

Hlavin added to her victory in the 400 individual medley with a runner-up showing in the 200 breaststroke (2:43.38) and a fifth place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:07.58).  Giedd finished fifth in the 50 freestyle with a time of :27.97.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand