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Wilmington Swimming 2019-20 Season In Review

The Wilmington College swimming team, led by 20th-year Head Coach Trip Breen, once again enjoyed a season that saw personal records fall as well as 11 program records at the final meet of the season - the 2020 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships.

The Fightin' Quakers' campaign began with an OAC dual meet against Baldwin Wallace University on Oct. 20, 2019.

The men's team fell narrowly by a score of 120-84.

For the women, the Yellow Jackets took the dual match by just five points - 104-99.

Two Quakers - Macki Leon and Margaret Hover - claimed three event wins

After both teams fell to Ohio Northern University in the school's annual Friday night dual, Wilmington traveled north on US Route 68 to Springfield and Wittenberg University for a double dual with the host Tigers and Transylvania University.

The women defeated host Wittenberg 150-95 and fell to Transylvania 165-115.

The men swept the double dual, taking care of the Tigers 149-97 and powered past the Pioneers 145-110.

Another double-dual (with Hiram College and Franciscan University) followed, and Wilmington brought home with it two victories. The Quakers then hosted their final home meet of the 2019 calendar year against Manchester University on Nov. 16.

The Quaker men sank the Spartans, winning the dual meet by a score of 68-9. Wilmington won all but two events in what was the squad's third consecutive dual meet win.

The Wilmington women won all but two events to defeat Manchester 93-37.

Wilmington closed out the 2019 calendar year with the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational before heading on its annual training trip to Florida in December.

With the New Year came two final OAC dual meets for Wilmington. The Quakers competed against both the University of Mount Union and John Carroll University, the eventual OAC champions.

The 2019-20 Wilmington swimming seniors

After those dual meets, the Quakers trained and tapered for two weeks before traveling to Akron's Ocasek Natatorium for the 2020 OAC Championships on Feb. 13-15.

Photos of WC competing at the 2020 OAC Championships.

Both the men and women finished fifth in the highly competition OAC in 2020. Along with that finish, the Quakers had 104 lifetime bests, broke 11 program records and set one conference record.

Sophomore Isak Alin broke the school and OAC record in the 200-yard breaststroke. The time put him in contention for a spot at the NCAA Division III Championships.

The sophomore from Sweden also etched his name in the program record books three more times during the meet.

Alin garnered All-OAC honors with a third-place finish (1:53.59) in the 200-yard IM.

Other program-best marks included a 52.08 time in the 100-yard butterfly and a swim of 56.97 seconds in the 10-yard breaststroke.

Junior Macki Leon set three program records at the OAC Championships. She garnered All-Conference honors in the 200-yard backstroke.

Freshman Fynn Roberts was the other female individual to pick up All-Conference honors, doing so in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Leon and Roberts also teamed up with Hannah Davis and Margaret Hover to etch their names in the record books with a time of 4:08.65 in the 400-yard medley relay.

Alongside their achievement in the water, a dozen WC swimmers garnered Academic All-OAC honors for carrying a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. They include: Hannah Davis, Margaret Hover, Maryn Herring, Laura Swinehart, Shelby Mays, Kadie Grundy, Ashley Boone, Isak Alin, Samuel Wallace, Logan Schroer, Nicholas Keller and Samuel Shanes.