The Mills College swim team opened the 2016-2017 season with an away double-dual meet at Cal State University East Bay. The Cyclones faced strong competition against the Division II CSUEB Pioneers and Division I University of Pacific. Against this tough competition, the Cyclones had an impressive showing, racing to seven top ten swims.
In the first event of the meet, the "A" medley relay team moved to second on the Top Ten all-time list. The relay was made up of Morgan Leishman, Daniela Fiestas-Paredes, Melissa Berkay, and Juli Lopez. Daniela Fiestas-Paredes added two more Top Ten times in the breaststroke, moving to third in the 100-yard and second in the 200-yard. Senior Macie Lopez dropped 18 seconds for a best time in 1000-yard freestyle. This new best moved her from tenth to sixth on the Top Ten list. Rounding out the top ten swims, first year Angelica Sanabria moved to seventh in the 200-yard fly and eighth in the 100-yard fly. She also had a strong showing in the 200-yard free, just missing the Top Ten list.
Senior Ashley Young and sophomore Taylor Salois both had strong swims in their 200-yard races. Young raced close to her best time in 200-yard back, while Salois did so in the 200-yard breast. Melissa Berkay had several strong swims, staying with the DI and DII competition. Sophomore Morgan Leishman had an incredible meet, starting off her season stronger than last year. She not only raced well against strong competition, but was able to place fourth in the 100-yard back and seventh in the 200-yard back.
Head coach Neil Virtue highlighted his team's efforts, noting that they really stepped up and raced, leaving it all in the pool. Next up, the Cyclones will host two home meets. On Friday, October 21 they host Biola University, CSUEB, and the College of Idaho followed by the annual Bay Area Invite on Saturday, October 22.