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March 9, 2012

2011-12 Season - WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING REVIEW 2012

Emma Regnier set two new school records for the Vikings during the 2011-12 season.

Vikings finish fifth at CCIW Championships; behind Emma Regnier, better four school records; Helen Myers wins conference titles in both diving events for second straight year

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Sophomore Helen Myer's (Pecatonica HS, Rock City, Ill.) repeat championships in both the one and three-meter diving events, along with a pair of individual school records by junior Emma Regnier (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) highlighted Augustana's performance at this year's College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin meet. Regnier was also a member of two record-setting relay teams as coach Scott Johannsen's women finished fifth in the team standings. Wheaton captured the team title with 899.5 points.

Myers opened the CCIW meet by winning the springboard and platform events in Bloomington, Illinois on Saturday, February 11. She won both titles for the second year in a row, compiling 343.20 points in the one-meter competition and 333.70 at three-meters.

The swimming portion of the meet commenced on Thursday, February 16 and ran through Saturday, February 18. One of Regnier's records came in the 100 butterfly, where she became the first woman in school history to break the one-minute barrier, swimming a :59.67. In medley competition, she swam a 50-yard butterfly leg of :27.02, also a new school standard. She swam the second leg of the Vikings' 400 freestyle relay, which set an Augustana record of 3:39.35 and the third leg on the 800 freestyle relay team, which finished in a school-record 8:03.77. She was joined on both relay units by juniors Molly Clennon (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.) and Alexandra Piper (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) and sophomore Hillary Ferguson (Waubonsie Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.).

Both the 400 and 800 freestyle relays brought home fourth-place finishes from the conference meet. After Myers, Augustana's top individual finishes were Ferguson's fifth-place :24.79 in the 50 freestyle and Regnier's fifth-place 1:08.62 in the 100 breaststroke. Regnier was also seventh in the 200 butterfly (2:15.85) and ninth in the 100 butterfly.  Ferguson was eighth in the 100 freestyle (:54.69) and junior Emily Timmons (West Aurora HS, North Aurora, Ill.) was ninth in the 400 individual medley (4:55.32). Clennon claimed a pair of 10th-place individual finishes with a 1:57.84 in the 200 freestyle and a 5:18.50 in the 500 freestyle.

The other Viking relay teams grabbed two fifth and one sixth-place finish. The 200 freestyle team of Piper, Regnier, Clennon and Ferguson was fifth in 1:40.58 and the quartet of Clennon, Timmons, Regnier and Ferguson was fifth in the 200 medley relay, swimming a 1:55.22. Freshman Beth Cole (Muscatine HS, Muscatine, Iowa), sophomore Elizabeth O'Hara (Westosha Central HS, Salem, Wis.), freshman Alexis Thompson (Crystal Lake Central HS, Lake in the Hills, Ill.) and sophomore Erin Doty (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) captured sixth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:40.18.

The Vikings opened the season on October 29 with a 146-74 dual meet win over Millikin at Carver Center. Their next two meets were the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational and the Pioneer Classic at Grinnell College. They finished second of six teams, trailing only the hosts, at Illinois Wesleyan and were seventh in a 13-team field at Grinnell.

Augustana dropped a dual meet at Loras (131-100), came home to defeat Coe 142-95 and then fell at Luther 186-54.

On January 20 & 21, the Vikings competed at the Grinnell Invitational, finishing eighth in an 11-team field. They closed out the pre-conference meet schedule with three losses at the Monmouth quad. Western Illinois (131-120), Valparaiso (155-102) and Monmouth (133-120) all bested Augustana as the Vikings finished 2011-12 with a dual meet record of 2-5.

Four Vikings either debuted or moved up the school's top ten lists in a total of 11 events. In addition to Regnier's 100 butterfly record, her personal bests now rank second in the 200 butterfly (2:15.85) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.62) and fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:15.80). Clennon sits second in the 500 (5:18.50) and 200 (1:57.84) freestyles and is tied with Ferguson for fourth in the 100 freestyle (:54.50). Ferguson is also fourth with a :24.56 in the 50 freestyle. Timmons bests of 4:55.32 in the 400 individual medley and 2:18.62 in the 200 individual medley rank fourth and ninth, respectively, at Augustana.

2012 CCIW Swimming & Diving Championship

February 11-18, 2012-Bloomington, Ill. (Diving) & Kenosha, Wis. (Swimming)

1. Wheaton 899.5; 2. Carthage 752.5; 3. Illinois Wesleyan 750; 4. North Central 336; 5. AUGUSTANA 298; 6. Millikin 205; 7. Rose-Hulman 155

Individual Champions and Augustana finishers

50 freestyle: 1. Moire Yue, Wheaton :23.87; 5. Hillary Ferguson :24.79

100 freestyle: 1. Moire Yue, Wheaton :51.76; 8. Hillary Ferguson, Augustana :54.69; 12. Molly Clennon, Augustana :54.90; 15. Alexandra Piper, Augustana :55.86

200 freestyle: 1. Angela Lugg, Illinois Wesleyan 1:52.78; 10. Molly Clennon, Augustana 1:57.84; 15. Hillary Ferguson, Augustana 2:03.65

500 freestyle: 1. Angela Lugg, Illinois Wesleyan 4:48.26; 10. Molly Clennon, Augustana 5:18.50

1650 freestyle: 1. Carlie Herich, Wheaton 17:28.14; 13. Emily Timmons, Augustana 19:18.17

100 backstroke: 1. Andrea Peterson, Illinois Wesleyan :57.66

200 backstroke: 1. Jamie Walitsch, Wheaton 2:03.54

100 breaststroke: 1. Katie Stratton, North Central 1:06.07; 5. Emma Regnier, Augustana 1:08.62; 16. Laura Pemberton 1:17.02

200 breaststroke: 1. Katie Stratton, North Central 2:23.14; 12. Emily Timmons, Augustana 2:39.08

100 butterfly: 1. Katie McHugh, Illinois Wesleyan :56.95; 9. Emma Regnier, Augustana :59.67

200 butterfly: 1. Katie McHugh, Illinois Wesleyan 2:04.77; 7. Emma Regnier, Augustana 2:15.85

200 IM: 1. Ashley Gladis, Carthage 2:08.19

400 IM: 1. Jamie Walitsch, Wheaton 4:34.54; 9. Emily Timmons, Augustana 4:55.32

200 freestyle relay: 1. Wheaton 1:36.75; 5. Alex Piper, Emma Regnier, Molly Clennon, Hillary Ferguson, Augustana 1:40.58 12. Mary Naughton, Laura Pemberton, Emily Timmons, Erin Doty, Augustana 1:48.36

400 freestyle relay: 1. Wheaton 3:31.63; 4. Molly Clennon, Alexandra Piper, Emma Regnier, Hillary Ferguson, Augustana 3:39.35; 12. Mary Naughton, Laura Pemberton, Danna Jensen, Emily Timmons, Augustana 3:59.48

800 freestyle relay: 1. Illinois Wesleyan 7:44.04; 4. Molly Clennon, Emma Regnier, Alexandra Piper, Hillary Ferguson, Augustana 8:03.77; 11. Mary Naughton, Emily Timmons, Erin Doty, Laura Pemberton, Augustana 8:37.73

200 medley relay: 1. Carthage 1:46.63; 5. Molly Clennon, Emily Timmons, Emma Regnier, Hillary Ferguson, Augustana 1:55.22; 11. Mary Naughton, Laura Pemberton, Danna Jensen, Alexandra Piper, Augustana 2:01.99

400 medley relay: 1. Illinois Wesleyan 3:54.16; 6. Beth Cole, Elizabeth O'Hara, Alexis Thompson, Erin Doty, Augustana 4:40.18; 12. Catherine Pittman, Mackenzie Corrie, Danna Jensen, Ariana Nelson, Augustana 4:51.91

One meter diving: 1. Helen Myers, Augustana 343.20

Three meter diving: 1. Helen Myers, Augustana 333.70

2011-12 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

DUAL MEET RECORD: 2-5

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FINISH: 5th with 298 points

SCHOOL RECORDS: Emma Regnier...50 butterfly (:27.02)...100 butterfly (59.67)...Alexandra Piper, Emma Regnier, Molly Clennon, Hillary Ferguson...400 freestyle relay (3:39.35)...Molly Clennon, Emma Regnier, Alexandra Piper, Hillary Ferguson...800 freestyle relay (8:03.77)

CCIW INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION: Helen Myers (one & three meter diving)

CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE: Helen Myers

CCIA ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE:

TEAM FINISHES IN INVITATIONALS: Illinois Wesleyan Invitational on 11/19/11-2nd of 6...Pioneer Classic on 12/02-03/11-7th of 13...Grinnell Invitational on 01/20-21/12-8th of 11.

2012-13 CAPTAINS ELECT:

ALL-TIME TOP 10 LISTS

Molly Clennon...500 freestyle (2nd-5:18.50)...200 freestyle (2nd-1:57.84)...100 freestyle (T-4th-:54.50)

Hillary Ferguson...50 freestyle (4th-:24.65)...100 freestyle (T-4th-:54.50)

Emma Regnier...100 butterfly (1st-:59.67)...200 butterfly (2nd-2:15.85)...100 breaststroke (2nd-1:08.62)...200 IM (4th-2:15.80)

Emily Timmons...400 IM (4th-4:55.32)...200 IM (9th-2:18.62)