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LEXINGTON, Va.- The VMI women’s swimming team has taken on three opponents over the past week and a half, dropping each of those three competitions against in-state rivals. On Oct. 28, the Keydets dropped a 73-15 decision at Randolph-Macon Women’s College, while the team also fell to Sweet Briar (90-21) and Mary Baldwin (81-24) this past Saturday.

Versus RMWC, the team fielded only three competitors. Freshman Becky Harris (Crystal River, Fla./Crystal River) won the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:05.02 while placing second in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 29.42 seconds. Junior Erin Hottle (Cheyenne, Wyo./Central) also netted a pair of second-place finishes, these coming in the 200 meter individual medley (2:37.87) and in the 100-meter backstroke (1:14.01). Meanwhile, junior Catrina Helsel (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) placed third in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:29.31) and fourth in the 200-meter individual medley (3:05.82).

In the tri-meet against Sweet Briar and Mary Baldwin, held at Sweet Briar, Hottle led the day by winning both events she entered, the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle events, winning them in times of 5:29.45 and 11:14.85, respectively. Harris swam the 50-meter freestyle in 32.72 seconds, winning the race against MBC but coming in second against SBC, while coming in second in each race in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:23.60. Helsel came in second in each race in the 200-meter breaststroke, swimming a 3:36.18.

With four competitors at the tri-meet, the team was able to compete in relays for the first time this year. Hottle, Helsel & Harris were joined by freshman Ateala Tuff (Newnan, Ga./East Coweta), as the team placed second in the 200-meter freestyle relay (2:17.76) and in the 200-meter medley relay (2:37.07).

With the three losses, the team’s record currently stands at 0-5 in their inaugural season of competition as a varsity sport. The women will return to action this Friday & Saturday, competing at the Thomas Murphy Invitational in Baltimore, hosted by Loyola University.