Former local high school standout swimmers Laura Lindsay, Beth Rogers and Hannah Hornis are Mid-American Conference champions.
The trio made significant contributions to the University of Toledo women’s swimming and diving team that won the MAC title this past weekend at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
Lindsay and Rogers both stood on top of the podium in the event that lasted three days.
Lindsay, a Green High School graduate, won MAC titles in the 100-yard breast stroke in 1:00.15 and the 200 breast stroke in 2:09.79. She broke the pool record, meet record and MAC record in the 200 final. Her 100 breast stroke preliminary time of 59.95 seconds set a new pool, meet and MAC record too.
“It feels awesome,” Lindsay said after her 100 breast stroke win. “I am undefeated and to finally win the 100 breast at MAC feels awesome. To top it all off, I break a minute and go 59. I am ecstatic with that time. It is the cherry on top for my senior year.”
Rogers, a Canton McKinley graduate, won the 200 butterfly in 1:57.87, breaking the pool, meet and MAC records.
Lindsay and Rogers both swam on winning relays with freshman Maria Bargardi and Carly Harter. The unit won the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:36.66, which broke the pool record, meet record and MAC record. The quartet also won the 200 medley relay in a pool-record time of 1:40.48.
Rogers joined Harter, sophomore Rachel Johnson and senior Claire Leichty to win the 800 freestyle relay in a pool-record time of 7:19.17.
Rogers scored took second in the 50 freestyle (22.76 seconds) and third in the 100 butterfly (54.02 seconds).
Hornis, a freshman who graduated from Hudson, combined with Johnson, junior LesLee Winfield and junior McKenzie Bagan to finish fifth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.86).
Track and field
Kent State won its third women’s Mid-American Conference indoor team title in school history, beating out Toledo (108.5-87.5) at the championship meet hosted by Akron at Stiles Field House.
Shanequa Williams was named the women’s Most Outstanding Performer as the Kenmore graduate won the 200-meter dash (24.07), was second in the 400 meters (54.07) and helped the 1,600-meter relay team finish fourth.
Penina Acayo (triple jump winner), Kim Preston (first in pole vault), and Melinda Sawnor (800-meter winner) were named First Team All-MAC.
The men’s team was second to Akron (163-117), led by First Team performers Kenneth Agee (high jump champion) and Princeton Bryson (60-meter and 200-meter champ).
KSU coach Bill Lawson was named Coach of the Year.