The Mills swim team opened their 2015-2016 season against visiting Division II Cal State University-East Bay on Friday. Despite facing a very talented opposing team, the young Mills team focused on their own performance, finishing the meet with several best times and broken records.
First year, Morgan Leishman made an immediate impact in her first collegiate meet, breaking three school records. Against the tough competition, Leishman was excited to step up and compete. Self-motivated and incredibly hard working, she saw her efforts pay off as she became the school record holder in the 100 back with a time of 1:02.44 (previous record from 2014), 200 back with a 2:14.98 (previous record from 2008), and 200 IM with a 2:20.51 (previous record from 2006). In both the 200 back and the 200 IM she bested the previous records by four seconds. In addition to these records she earned second place in the 100 back and fourth in both the 200 back and 200 IM. Junior transfer, Macie Lopez also made an impact in her first Mills race, moving on to the Mills Top Ten list in two events. Lopez, primarily a breast stroke sprinter, brings good experience and an excitement to try new events. In Friday's meet she raced the 1,000 free, moving to the 9th spot on the Top Ten list and the 200 breast, securing 7th on the list.
The meet also showcased some improvements and best times. First years Sophia Cook-Philips and Savannah Marlow and sophomore, Blue Anderson saw significant improvements from the Inter-Squad Meet, while junior Ashley Young and senior Dani Sherman came out very strong in the first meet of the season. Cook-Philips improved in all three of her events, dropping six seconds from her 100 back, one second from the 100 breast, and an impressive five seconds from the 50 free. Classmate, Savannah Marlow also posted a substantial drop, improving her 200 IM by 22 seconds. Finally, Anderson dropped a second off their 50 free time. Returners, Young and Sherman, both had strong swims, with Young having her best first meet of her career, swimming both the IM and the backstroke. Sherman swam a strong 200 free, her best time since her junior year of high school. She also continues to be incredibly valuable to the young team, offering strong leadership and motivating her teammates with her dedication and work ethic.
The Cyclones are off until Friday, October 23 when they welcome Biola University and the College of Idaho for a Double Dual Meet.