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October 30, 2012

Senior leadership will key women's swimming hopes

Molly Clennon is one of six seniors who will provide leadership and guidance for the Vikings in 2012-13.

A solid core of senior leadership helps give Augustana head swimming & diving coach Scott Johannsen reason to be optimistic heading into the 2012-13 season. The Vikings return 11 letter winners from a year ago and Johannsen points to his senior group as the reason why.

"We have a great senior class," said Johannsen. "The leaders on this team are really true leaders, both in and out of the pool and that has helped to set the tone for the rest of the team."

Johannsen thinks that the senior group of Molly Clennon (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.), Hollyann Kabbe (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.), Mary Naughton (Fremont HS, Fremont, Neb.), Alexandra Piper (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.), Emma Regnier (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) and Emily Timmons (West Aurora HS, North Aurora, Ill.) will be able to lead the Vikings to a successful season.

"We have the opportunity to break several school records this year," said Johannsen. "We have very good numbers and the work ethic of this group is very impressive."

Last year the Vikings broke four school records and had 11 additions to the school's top 10 list for individual times.

EVENT BREAKDOWN

FREESTYLE - The sprint freestyle events will be in the capable hands of junior Hillary Ferguson (Waubonsie Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) and senior Alexandra Piper (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.).  Both were members of the school record setting 400 (3:39.35) and 800 (8:03.77) and they will handle the shorter distances. Ferguson turned in the fourth fastest time in school history in the 50 (:24.65) and 100 (:54.50) freestyle events.  Seniors Molly Clennon (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.) and Emma Regnier (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) were the other two members on both school record setting relay teams.  Clennon will swim the 200 and 500 freestyle and she just missed the school record in the 200 (1:57.84) and 500 (5:18.50) freestyles and she owns the fourth best 100 freestyle clocking (:54.50) in Augustana history.  The distance freestyle events will have senior Emily Timmons (West Aurora HS, North Aurora, Ill.) and freshman Emma Novak (Eden Prairie HS, Eden Prairie, Minn.) along with junior Erin Doty (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.). Junior Catherine Pittman (Mahomet-Seymour HS, Mahomet, Ill.) has also been impressive during the early season workouts and she will factor in somewhere.

BREASTSTROKE - Regnier not only had a hand in two school records on relays last year but also turned in the second fastest time in school history in the 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Laura Pemberton (Fremont HS, Fremont, Neb.) and freshman Jordan Johnson (Appleton North HS, Appleton, Wis.) help make this an extremely deep event for the Vikings.

BUTTERFLY - Regnier is the school record holder in both the 50 (:27.02) and 100 (:59.67) butterfly events and has the second fastest all-time in the 200 at 2:15.86). She could get quite a push from Novak, who has looked very good in the early season workouts.

BACKSTROKE - Kabbe, sophomore Beth Cole (Muscatine HS, Muscatine, Iowa) and freshman Kristin Molloy (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, Ill.) will handle the backstroke events.

INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - Regnier owns the fourth best time ever for the Vikings in the 200 IM with a 2:15.80 and she will be joined by Novak and Timmons in the individual medley.

DIVING - Junior Helen Myers (Pecatonica HS, Rock City, Ill.) is the two-time defending CCIW champion in both the one and three meter diving events and she will be joined by freshman Adelia Clark (Linn Mar HS, Marion, Iowa).