FAIRBANKS—Members of the Alaska Nanooks swimming team have been ill during the past two weeks. On Friday night in the Patty Center Pool, the Nanooks improved their collective health long enough to win 113-92 against California Baptist University, ending a seven-year, dual-meet skid against the Lancers of Riverside, Calif.
“This is our eighth full season, and it took eight years to finally beat them,” Nanooks head coach Scott Lemley said by telephone.
“They had to swim tough because they were not feeling well,” Lemley continued, “but they knew how important this meet was on the team’s schedule and in the program’s history, and they stepped up.”
Lemley said that half of the team, at one time or another during the past two weeks, had been in the campus health center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks because of illnesses, including flu-like symptoms.
Danielle Lyons was still under the weather Friday but she managed to win three individual events. The Nanooks sophomore placed first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.18 seconds, the 100 freestyle in 54.92 and the 500 freestyle in 5:20.42.
“She was the sickest,” Lemley joked.
“I talked to her about the 500 and she said when she was younger, she figured she’d be the one to give up because she didn’t have confidence,” Lemley said. “She saw the other (Cal Baptist) girl next to her on the last lap with four lengths to go and she decided she wasn’t going to be the girl to give up. That was a very good win for her.” *Lancers junior Anna Megli was runner-up in the 500 in 5:20.49.
The Nanooks set a pool record Friday in the 800 freestyle relay, as Meghan O’Leary, *Margot Adams, Gabriella Summers and Bente Heller combined for a time of 7:56.85. The old pool record was 8:10.71 by Grand Canyon University of Phoenix during a dual meet Nov. 6, 2010.
Sophomores Summers and Adams and junior Heller also won individually Friday. Summers placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:58.45); Heller won in the 50 free (24.39); and Adams touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly (56.64).
Cal Baptist got wins from junior Molly Larson in the 100 backstroke (1:02.20) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.50).
Complete results are listed on the scoreboard on page D2.
The Nanooks and Lancers hit the water again at noon today.
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