GRINNELL, Iowa — The Lawrence University women’s swimming team grabbed second place and the men finished fourth as the Vikings wrapped up a stellar weekend at the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell College.
The Lawrence women finished with 572 points, edging past Lake Forest College, which finished with 534. This is Lawrence’s highest finish since the Vikings took second in 2009. Grinnell won the title with 981.5.
Sophomore Emmi Zheng was the top finisher on the day as she grabbed second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.35. Lake Forest’s Lauren Dalecky took the title in 2:24.15. Lawrence’s Rosie Bauer was sixth and Rebecca Schachtman took eighth in the event.
Paige Witter, Elise Riggle and Danielle Millin all posted third-place finishes for Lawrence.
Witter took third in the 200 butterfly in 2:13.03 and teammate Sarah Schweickart was seventh. Riggle swam to third in the 1,650 freestyle in 18:27.09, and teammate Emei Thompson was sixth. Millin grabbed third in the 200 backstroke in 2:08.50.
The women’s 400 freestyle relay team of Millin, Thompson, Bridget Duero and Eryn Blagg took fourth in 3:41.88.
On the men’s side, Lawrence finished fourth with 303.5 points and nearly overtook Monmouth College for third. Lawrence, which was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, posted its highest finish since taking fourth in 2012. Grinnell won the title with 949.
Max Stahl was the top finisher for the Vikings as he took fourth in the 200 backstroke in 1:58.62. The 400 freestyle relay team of Stahl, Travis Charlow, Liam Wulfman and Christian Bell took fifth in 3:16.79.