The Toledo women's swimming and diving team fell 218.50-80.50 to Rutgers and 182-117 to Oakland today, but saw continued improvement in the second weekend of the season. The Midnight Blue and Gold recorded five top-three finishes and saw junior Bec Welke win the 100 breast.
"We had a lot better spirit and attitude today," head coach Jonas Persson said. "We saw a lot of fight in our races. Our team is young and this weekend they gained the experience of swimming tough back-to-back meets. We're battling a lot of injuries, which is having an impact on the team. Even though everyone is doing their best to fill in for the injured people, it's simply not enough and it makes us a lot less competitive. Bec was struggling with an injury yesterday but was able to pull through today with a nice win in the 100 breast, so I'm happy about that. Our 200 backstrokers, especially (freshman) Ashley Jeffreys and (sophomore) Kristen Straszacker, had very good races too and I'm proud of their efforts."
Welke finished the 100 breast in 1:05.33, almost a full second ahead of Oakland's Taylor Balley (1:6.29). In the 200 back, Straszacker took third after touching in in 2:04.13. Jeffreys finished right on her heels, taking forth in 2:04.44.
Toledo's other three top finishes came from senior Jessica Avery, freshmen Jovana Duric and Samantha Ekleberry. Avery took third in the 200 breast, tapping in at 2:26.35. Duric's contribution came in the 1,000 free where she also took third after finishing in 10:36.93. Ekleberry rounded out the day with a third place finish in the 500 free, finishing in 5:10.06.
Toledo returns to the water on Nov. 3 when Youngstown State comes to town. The Rockets and the Penguins push off at 1:00 p.m. inside the UT Student Rec Center.