Written by Emily Jodway, Sports Information Student Assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College swimming and diving team wrapped up its season last month with the men's team finishing sixth and the women fifth at the MIAA Championships.
The Scots started the season off strong with a dual meet win against Hiram College, the team's first home-meet victory for both the men and women's teams since January of 2013. Alma won 26 of the 32 races against the Terriers. Senior Kate Lehman (Haslett, Mich. / Haslett) won the women's 50 and 100-yard butterfly races at the meet, while Eric Ferrara (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) picked up wins in the men's 100, 500, and 1000-yard freestyle events. The team also pulled off a combined win against the Olivet Comets 228-179 for their first dual conference victory since January 2015. Junior Sydney Louis-Ferdinand (Southfield, Mich. / Birmingham Groves) earned the win for the Scots in the women's 500 and 1000 freestyle races, and both the men and women finished first in their relay races.
Ferrara finished off his fourth and final year on the swim team with several standout performances. At the MIAA Championships in February, Ferrara improved upon his previous school record in the 1650 freestyle race set at last year's MIAA's, completing the race in 16:38.72. His 1000-yard mark within the 1650 race was also good for a new school record of 10:03.98. On day two of the Championships, Ferrara broke Alma's record in the 500 freestyle race set by Daniel Biggs in 2013, beating his previous record by a full two seconds (4:46.23).
Other victories for the Scots this season include junior Allison Brown's (Spring Lake, Mich. / Spring Lake) besting of the previous all-time record in the women's 100 backstroke. Brown finished the 100 backstroke race at the MIAA's in 58.86 seconds, taking over the record previously set by Jaclyn Shetterly in 2015. Several freshmen made strides this season with big wins during the postseason. Jennifer Ostrowski (Northville, Mich. / Northville) swam in the finals of the 100 breaststroke race at the MIAA's, finishing in eighth place with a time of 1:09.20. Emily Kayden (Midland, Mich. / Bay City Western) earned her season-best time in the preliminaries of the 200 butterfly at the Championships, placing 15th in the finals of the race later that evening (2:32.54).
Ferrara and Lehman make up this spring's graduating class for the Scots. Both are four-year members of the swim program.