After an intense week of training, the Mills College swim team travelled to Southern California for two meets. In their first meet, the Cyclones faced Chapman University, Biola University, and University of La Verne in a double dual. Mills started the meet with a Top Ten swim in the 400 medley relay. With a time of 4:29.34, the relay team of Morgan Leishman, Hannah Soltz, Melissa Berkay, and Juli Lopez, raced to the fourth fastest time in Mills hostory. Leishman continued to have a successful day, taking third place in both the 200 free and the 200 back. In addition to her third place finish, her 200 free was an in-season best. Soltz, who is new to the Mills team, wasted no time in moving on to the Top Ten list. In addition to the 400 medley relay, Soltz added an eighth place finish in the 200 IM which earned her ninth on the Mills Top Ten as well as the eighth best time in the 200 breast. Berkay added two second place finishes, in the 200 IM and the 200 fly.
Several Cyclones broke records of their own over the course of the meet. Senior Sophia Preach dropped an impressive 20 seconds in the 1000 free for a lifetime best swim. Sophomore Maggie Krystad dropped three seconds for a lifetime best in the 200 free and classmate Cleo Koerner swam for a best time in the 100 free. Finally, first year Haley Chamblin had a best time in the 200 fly by two seconds.
The second meet of the weekend, a dual meet against Cal Tech, was a hard fought, good battle with great energy all around. The Cyclones earned four first place finishes and eight second place finishes. Again, the meet started with a strong performance by the medley relay team. Leishman, Berkay, Soltz, and Lopez won the 200 medley relay for the first victory of the day. Leishman went on to take second in the 1000 free and first in the 100 back. Berkay broke her own school record by two seconds with her first place 400 IM in addition to taking a close second in the 100 fly. Soltz took second in both the 200 free and the 100 breast and added her fourth Top Ten swim of the weekend as she tied for sixth in the 100 breast. Lopez followed up her relay performance with an incredible second place swim in the 500 free, dropping 25 seconds for a lifetime best. Newcomer, Marisa Dexter added two second place finishes in the 50 and 100 free, highlighting her immediate impact on the team. Sophomore Aine Pieded rounded out the Cyclones top finishes with a second place swim in the 100 breast. Shoshana Moed dropped two seconds in the 50 free and five in the 100 breast for two lifetime best swims. Senior Coco Kennedy added impressive swims in both the 200 and 500 free, her first time swimming the events in competition. Classmate Heather Larson was right on her best times throughout the whole weekend and added a lifetime best swim in the 100 free.
The Cyclones are off until February 3 when they host Laney College at home.