The swim team's first full day of competition at the Liberal Arts Championships (LAC) featured record-breaking performances and four finals appearances. After breaking a school record in the 800 free relay (Morgan Leishman, Juli Lopez, Hannah Soltz, and Melissa Berkay) last night, the team returned for this morning's preliminary session ready to go. The morning featured eight lifetime best times, two school records, and four finals qualifications. In the 500 free, Leishman placed 7th with a lifetime best swim and the Mills school record. Leading off the 400 medley relay she went on to break a second school record in the 100 back. All of the Mills swimmers in the 500 free, Sophia Preach, Maggie Krystad, Hayley Chamblin, and Anneke Moser, swam for lifetime bests. In the 50 free, Rivas, Coco Kennedy, and Anamaria Villegas added lifetime best swims. In the 200 IM, Berkay placed 6th, qualifying for the finals, Soltz moved onto the Mills Top Ten list in the 5th spot, and Aine Piedad dropped nine seconds for a season best performance. Both Mills relays qualified to swim in tonight's finals. The 200 free relay (Krystad, Piedad, Kennedy, and Chamblin) placed 9th while the 400 medley relay (Leishman, Soltz, Berkay, Lopez) came in 8th, the first time a Mills relay has placed in the top eight at LAC.
In the finals, the 200 free relay dropped almost five seconds from their morning swim to maintain their 9th place finish. Leishman dropped almost four seconds in the 500 free, breaking the school record she set this morning, and moving up to 6th place. Berkay jumped from 6th place to 2nd place in the 200 IM with a three second drop. Wrapping up the night, the 400 medley relay dropped four seconds to move up to 6th place.
The Cyclones are now in 7th place and will kick off tomorrow with the 400 IM. The preliminary session begins at 10:00 am EST.