CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University women's swimming and diving team opened up the 2018-19 season at the unscored Viking Relay Challenge, hosted by NCAA Division I Cleveland State University at the Busbey Natatorium.
The meet consisted solely of relay events, both traditional and non-traditional, and included a couple of coed events. BW was the only Division III institution competing against Cleveland State and three Division II programs in Ashland University, the University of Findlay and Ursuline College.
BW placed fifth in two events: the 300-yard backstroke relay and the 1,500-yard freestyle relay. In the backstroke relay, junior stroker Alyssa Mahle (Aurora), freshman freestyler Kayla McClintock (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and senior freestyler Claire Onchuck (Darrien, Ill./Hinsdale South) finished the event in 3:31.34. The 1,500 free relay team of junior All-OAC freestyler Allie Thorson (Amherst/Marion Steele), McClintock and junior All-OAC freestyler Olivia Jacob (Canton/McKinley) swam a time of 17:52.14.
Sixth-place finishes came in the 300-yard butterfly relay, the 300-yard breaststroke relay and the 400-yard individual medley relay. Junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference stroker Erika Nockengost (Cuyahoga Falls), senior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC stroker Sarah Krupp (Williamsville, N.Y./South) and freshman stroker Emily Newcamp (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) combined for a time of 3:25.97 in the butterfly relay. Junior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC stroker/diver Ellie Clymer (Independence), freshman stroker Emily Bumbulis (Strongsville) and Krupp teamed up to finish the breaststroke relay in 4:11.76. In the IM relay, Nockengost, Thorson, Mahle and Krupp finished the race in 4:46.21.
BW will return to action on Friday, Oct. 19, for a non-conference tri-meet with Ohio Wesleyan University and Thomas More (Ky.) College at Ohio Wesleyan's The Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center.