Chatham Cougars score double victory in dual swim meet


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The Chatham Swimming and Diving team won the home tri-meet against Penn State Altoona and Franciscan University on Saturday, January 31 at the Sigo Falk Natatorium. The Cougars beat Penn State Altoona 181-94, and Franciscan University 179-94.

The meet started out with a recognition celebration for seniors Kianna Hedjazi and Jessie Lippert. They received flowers, framed pictures and small gifts to commemorate their time as a Chatham athlete. Seniors from Franciscan and Penn State Altoona were also honored.

Standouts from Chatham included first year Anna Wolhaupter winning the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 30.20 and leading off the winning 200 yard medley relay, which also included sophomore Elina Lankinen, sophomore Theresa Schrider, and junior Alexis Rectenwald.

Lankinen also scooped up wins in the 50-yard breaststroke in 34.19 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:47.09. Senior Kianna Hedjazi won the three-meter diving competition with a score of 259.25.

Chatham won several events at the meet, including the one-meter diving, 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 1000-yard freestyle, and 200-yard freestyle relay.

Lankinen was happy with her swims. “I am happy that our team did well, and I’m excited for PACs because we should do well as a team.”

This meet was the last meet for the Cougars before PAC championships, which will be held at Grove City College from February 11 through February 14.