Belles win, set personal bests
By NATALIE BAILEY
Swimming for personal bests and not worrying about earning points helped Saint Mary's win Saturday against Albion by the score of 126-118. Saturday's win is Saint Mary's first victory in a dual meet against an MIAA team other than Olivet in the school's history.
"This was one of our best meets of the year," head coach Gregg Petcoff said. "The win really helps to give the women confidence and shows them that all their effort is worth it."
Just beginning its taper, the team looked to drop time at their double dual meet against Hope and Albion Colleges. Some of the most exciting races came in those in which personal records were made.
Also, Meg Ramsey set a new team record in the 200-yard freestyle with her second place finish of 1:57.56. Michelle Stanforth swam a personal best and finished third in the 100-yard breastroke coming in behind first place finisher Lauren Smith with times of 1:13.81 and 1:13.02 respectively. Diver Angie Osmanski should be in the top twelve of the MIAA after her career high of 165.90 points in the one-meter event.
The team is going to focus on "sharpening up" in turns, starts, streamlines and the little things that make the difference. Junior co-captain Lane Herrington thinks Saturday's victory will add to the team's confidence.
"Now we are looking to surprise some other teams who don't expect a lot from us at our conference meet," said Herrington.
All Sports Stories for Monday, February 4, 2002