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Men and Women Tigers Have Strong Showing at SCAC Championships

On the final day of the 2014 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Rockwall, Texas, the Colorado College the women's team finished in second place with 693 points and the men finished fourth, with 437 points.

On the women’s side, leading the Tigers on the last day of the 2014 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships were Olivia Dilorati ’16 and Brenna Day ’14.  Each destroyed previous records enroute to helping the CC women finish second with 693 points, behind first-place Trinity at 904.

Dilorati demolished her top time this season in the 200 backstroke with a 2:03.92 effort, winning the event for the second consecutive year. Even her time in the prelims (2:06.17) was better than her previous mark of 2:12.76. Saturday's clocking broke the school record of 2:06.79 which she set last season. She was just shy of the best time in the SCAC of 2:03.54.

In the 100 freestyle, Day was tops in a time of 52.25, improving on her prelim showing of 52.57. Her victory bested Dilorati's previous top performance this season of 54.87. Day also won the same event in 2012 with a time of 52.31.

The Tigers ended the night by winning the 400-free relay as Dilorati and Day led the squad to a season-best time of 3:30.82. Erin Holmes '16 and Annalise Grigereit ’16 helped round out the foursome that also set a school record in the event. The quartet finished three seconds ahead of second-place finisher, Trinity.

Emma Holmes ‘15 put in a top-five finish with a fifth-place performance in the 1650 free with a time of 18:32.22, improving on the previous season best of 19:43.12.

Megan Gillespie ’16 and Jackie Nonweiler ’16 were the top finishers for the Tigers in the 200 breaststroke with times of 2:24.97 and 2:28.44, good for third and fifth place, respectively. Both times were better than Gillespie's previous season-fastest of 2:37.46, with Gillespie also setting a new school record.

In addition, Gillespie put in a solid time in the 200 butterfly, taking second place with a season-best 2:08.24. She improved on her prelim time by almost three seconds and was just behind the winning result of 2:06.34.

On the men’s side, the big story for the Tigers was the performance of Daniel Oldendorf ’17 in the 200 backstroke. During the morning’s prelims he recorded a time of 1:55.82, topping his own season-high time of 2:01.94 and setting a school record. In the evening's finals he was again on fire, winning in a scorching time of 1:53.54, two seconds ahead of Trinity's Arthur Daigh. No CC swimmer had ever won the event before at the SCAC Championships.

Rounding out the top-five in the 200 back was CC’s Chris Garrity ’15 with a fifth-place time of 1:59.38.

Starting off the day, Matt Nadel ’15 finished third in the longest swim of the meet, the 1650 freestyle. His time of 16:58.16 was a season best.

In an incredibly close race in the 200 butterfly, Colin Chupik ’16 was just out touched at the wall by Shelby Hall of Southwestern University. Hall won the race with a time of 1:53.31, just a finger's length ahead of Chupik who posted a 1:53.34. Chupik's clocking was another school record.

The Tigers 400 freesyle relay team of Oldendorf, Chupik, Nadel and Michael Bennett ’14 put in a fifth-place time of 3:10.95, another season best for 2013-14.