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Mills Swimming Hosts Quad Meet and Bay Area Invite

Mills Swimming Hosts Quad Meet and Bay Area Invite

The Mills College swim team hosted their annual Double Dual Meet and Bay Area Invite last weekend, hosting six schools over the course of the weekend. Friday’s Quad Meet featured Biola University, Cal State University-East Bay (CSUEB), and the College of Idaho. Saturday’s Invite added Chapman University and UC Santa Cruz. Facing strong competition, the Cyclones performed very well, showing their resiliency and determination over the two days. The back-to-back meets gave the team the opportunity to race a high number of events and prepare for their three-day championship meet in February.

The Cyclones kicked off Friday’s meet with an incredible showing in the 200 medley relay. The relay, made up of Morgan Leishman, Daniela Fiestas-Paredes, Melissa Berkay, and Angelica Sanabria, posted a time of 2:03.14, the second fastest time in Mills history. The relay would be the first of four Top Ten swims, as Fiestas-Paredes added another and Macie Lopez added two more. Lopez swam personal bests in both the 200 IM and the 500 free, moving to 8th and 5th on the Top Ten list respectively. Fiestas-Paredes had a season best time in the 100 breast, earning her 2nd on the Top Ten list.

Several other Mills swimmers saw drops in their times, achieving personal bests. Maya Pershing dropped six seconds off of her 50 free, Ashley Young improved on her 200 free by 7 seconds, and Sophia Preach dropped over 20 seconds from the 1000 free. Tatei Thomas improved on her 200 IM by 9 seconds for a season best.

Saturday’s Bay Area Invite began with another record-breaking relay. In the 400 medley relay Leishman, Fiestas-Paredes, Berkay, and Juli Lopez combined for the second fastest time in Mills history. Lopez anchored the relay with a personal best time. The Cyclones' strong relay performances would continue in the 800 free relay which came close to breaking the all-time record. Leishman, Macie Lopez, Sanabria, and Berkay completed the 800 free relay in a time of 9:03.94 for second on the Top Ten list.

It was also an impressive meet for the Mills distance swimmers. Three Cyclones raced in the 1650 free for the first time. Young and Preach had very strong showings, and Macie Lopez swam to a 5th place spot on the Top Ten list in her first time swimming the event.

Despite it being the second meet of the weekend, several Cyclones improved on Friday’s best times. Sophomore Taylor Salois dropped 2 seconds from her swim on Friday in the 100 breast. First year Aine Piedad also dropped 2 seconds from the 100 breast and just missed the Top Ten list in the 200 breast after dropping 4 seconds. Classmate, Angelica Sanabria had a standout weekend, racing several events on little rest. Despite this, Sanabria earned three Top Ten times on Saturday. After dropping 12 seconds from her 200 fly she moved to 4th on the Top Ten list. She followed this up with a 2 second drop in the 100 fly for a 7th place spot and a 4th place spot in the 400 IM.

In the 50 free both Juli Lopez and Heather Larson swam for best times, with Larson nearly breaking 30 seconds for the first time. Fiestas-Paredes added to Friday’s Top Ten swims with a season best time in the 200 breast, placing her 2nd on the list. Berkay added a season best swim in the 100 fly as well as a 2nd spot on the Top Ten in the 400 IM. Berkay and Leishman helped the team with placing, placing in the top 5 in their events throughout the weekend. 

The Cyclones are off until December 2nd when they travel to Puget Sound for the Logger Invitational.