In the fastest race in the pool, Oregon junior Noelle Marsh proved to be the top performer.
Marsh won the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 29.53 seconds in a dual meet against Sauk Prairie on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Oregon Community Pool. The time Marsh swam was 0.16 of a second ahead of Sauk Prairie’s Kaylee Oleson.
“We have been trying to get her sprinting speed more,” Oregon coach Justin Sawran said of Marsh. “It was an exciting race. She’s one of the best sprinters we have.”
The Panthers won three events, but lost the Badger West Conference dual to the Eagles 105-65.
“We face an uphill climb in dual meets against teams two to three times bigger than us,” Sawran said. “We just don’t have the numbers to fill all of the events. They had a little more depth than we had.”
Oregon freshman Katherine Dunn finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 10.68 seconds and she won the 100 backstroke (1:12.17).
Dunn tried a new breathing pattern in the fly.
Sawran said he wanted Dunn to take a breath every third stroke in the first 50 meters of the fly and a breath every two strokes the second 50.
“It was a little bit more of an experiment,” he said.
Sawran said it helped Dunn more with dolphin kick so she could get a better turns off the wall.
“She’s a strong in the butterfly, but we will continue putting her in different events,” he said.
Oregon junior Jane Ciambrone took second in the 200 individual medley (2:51.40) and second in the 100 free (1:08.60). Marsh finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.02), just one second behind Sauk Prairie’s Riley Talmage.
Oregon junior Hailey Sieren took second in the 400 free (5:14.43). The Panthers’ 200 free relay team of senior Brooke White, senior Lily Gebauer, Sieren and Marsh placed second (2:05.25), five seconds behind the Eagles.
Oregon was scheduled to swim in a dual meet against Madison Edgewood, the top-ranked team in Division 2, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Madison. It was going to be the Panthers’ first meet in a short course yards pool in three weeks.
“It’s good to get some seed times in a short course yard pool for the bigger meets at the end of the season,” Sawran said.