The Mills College swim team kicked off their spring semester with an intense week of training in San Diego. After a week of hard work, they got back into racing mode, with three meets over the course of a week. The Cyclones competed in back to back meets, first facing off against University of La Verne and Chapman University before a win over Cal Tech.
Against Cal Tech, the Cyclones had four first place finishes, several second and third place finishes, and a school record. The 200 medley relay team (Morgan Leishman, Daniela Fiestas-Paredes, Melissa Berkay, and Juli Lopez) led of the meet with a first place finish. Immediately following the 200 relay, Berkay went into the 1000 free, taking first place and breaking her own school record by 17 seconds. Her first 500 split was also fast enough to break the Mills 500 free record. Berkay was followed by senior Ashley Young, who took second in the 1000 free. Young also placed third in the 100 back and was part of the second place 200 free relay.
Mills swimmers took both second and third in three different events. In the 200 free, first year Maggie Krystad placed second, while junior Sophia Preach placed third. Juli Lopez was followed by teammate Heather Larson in the 100 free and Fiestas-Paredes and Tatei Thomas went two, three in the 200 IM. Three Mills swimmers placed in both the 100 back and the 100 breast, taking second (Leishman), third (Young), and fourth (Krystad) in the 100 back and first (Fiestas-Paredes), second (Aine Piedad), and third (Thomas) in the 100 breast. The Cyclones closed out the meet with a second place finish in the 200 free relay.
Following their victory over Cal Tech, the Cyclones welcomed Dixie State for their first home meet of the 2017 season. Against the strong DII team, Mills had an impressive showing. Berkay continued to break records, this time in the 500 free and the 400 IM. In both events she broke her own records, taking over five seconds off her 400 IM swim en route to a first place finish. Preach also improved from the previous weekend, dropping six seconds in the 200 free. Three Cyclones recorded second place finishes, Leishman in the 200 back, Lopez in the 100 free, and Piedad in the 100 breast. Thomas joined Piedad in the 100 breast, placing third.
The Cyclones wrap up their regular season at home this Saturday when they welcome Laney College and City College. The meet will be the final home meet for several Cyclones and the final meet before the team travels to the Liberal Arts Championships in February.