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October 28, 2011

2011-12 Season - Balanced Vikings look forward to 2011-12

Junior Emma Regnier, a team captain for the Vikings this season, had the fastest times on the Augustana team in five individual events last season.

When Augustana head coach Scott Johannsen looks down his 2011-12 women’s swimming & diving roster, he is happy with the depth and balance that he sees. The Vikings sport a roster of 20 athletes and Johannsen thinks there is plenty of strength for a successful season.

“We don’t have a senior on our roster but we have a tremendous nucleus of six juniors who have assumed leadership roles,” said Johannsen who has compiled a 10-5 dual meet record with the Augustana women as he heads into his fourth season as the head coach. “Our recruiting has gone well over the past three years and this junior class is the group that started with us in 2009.”

Johannsen was effusive with his praise of captains Molly Clennon (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.) and Emma Regnier (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.), both juniors.

“We are getting good leadership from our captains and that is good to see,” said Johannsen, who also coaches the men’s team at Augustana. “We have a good diversification of abilities up and down our roster.”

A year ago the Vikings placed fourth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin with 289.5 points and were third in the Grinnell Invitational and third at the Illinois Wesleyan Halloween Invitational.

EVENT BREAKDOWN

SPRINTS: Sophomore Hillary Ferguson (Waubonsie Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) had the best times on the team last year in the 50 (:25.07) and 100 (:54.91) freestyle events. She placed eighth in the CCIW in the 100. She moved into sixth place on Augustana’s all-time list in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 freestyle. Junior Alexandra Piper (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) will also compete in the sprints and she was a regular on all five relay teams for the Vikings a year ago.

DISTANCE: Clennon will be a fixture in the 200 and 500 freestyles after turning in the best times for the Vikings a year ago in each. She swam 2:01.40 in the 200 and 5:27.09 in the 500 and has moved into fifth place on the all-time list in the 500 and sixth in the 200. In addition, her time of :55.02 in the 100 freestyle is the 10th best in school history. Sophomore Erin Doty (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) did not compete during her freshman season but has made great progress during the early season workouts according to Johannsen. Junior Emily Timmons (West Aurora HS, North Aurora, Ill.) recorded the top Augustana time in the 1000 freestyle last year when she went 11:59.80.

BACKSTROKE: Clennon and junior Hollyann Kabbe (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) will handle the backstroke. Kabbe turned in a season’s best in the 100 backstroke with a clocking of 1:09.48. Johannsen is hoping one of the freshmen on the roster will be able to lend depth in this event.

BREASTSTROKE: Without a doubt this is the deepest event for the Vikings in 2011-12. Regnier had the best time in the 100 breaststroke last year at 1:14.74. Sophomore Elizabeth O’Hara (Wetosha Central HS, Salem, Wis.) turned in the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke with a clocking of 2:46.39. Timmons and freshman Laura Pemberton (Fremont HS, Fremont, Neb.) will be huge factors here. Freshmen Victoria Cartland (Coon Rapids HS, Ham Lake, Minn.) and Mackenzie Corrie (Midland HS, Charleston, Ill.) and sophomore Ariana Nelson (Resurrection HS, Chicago, Ill.) contribute to the depth in the breaststroke.

BUTTERFLY: Regnier had the best times on the team in both the 100 (1:03.93) and 200 (2:27.36) butterfly events last year. She could be a threat to take down both school records this year. Two freshmen, Beth Cole (Muscatine HS, Muscatine, Iowa) and Alexis Thompson (Crystal Lake Central HS, Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill.) will also compete in the butterfly.

INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: Regnier topped the team in both the 200 (2:19.59) and 400 (5:04.49) individual medley events in 2011-12. Her time in the 200 IM was the eighth fastest in Augustana history. Timmons is a factor in this event also.

DIVING: Sophomore Helen Myers (Pecatonica HS, Rock City, Ill.) won both the one and three meter diving events in the CCIW last winter and she is back for more this season.