Vixens come from behind to sweep meet; Hesser sets new school record

It came down to the relays Saturday as Sweet Briar swimming came from behind to defeat visiting non-conference King College 66-56. The Vixens completed the double-dual sweep with a 91-30 win over conference-foe Guilford College. King defeated Guilford 93-27 to round out the scores.

Down 45-43 after 10 events, junior Stephanie Perks (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) took first in the 400 M. freestyle (5:04.76) and sophomore Tori Marshall (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) captured third (5:12.50) to help the Vixens pull ahead 49-48 with three events to swim.

Wins in the 100 M. butterfly (1:12.37) by sophomore Hannah Hesser (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) and in the 200 M. individual medley (2:38.35) by first-year Melissa Simpson (Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County) helped Sweet Briar maintain a three-point lead heading into the final event, the 200 M. freestyle relay.

With the final seven points up for grabs, Vixens Hesser, Marshall, Perks and Simpson swam to a first-place finish in the relay (1:59.75). The win was the fourth straight down the stretch for Sweet Briar, giving the team the 10-point win over King.

Hesser finished the meet with three individual wins. She won the 200 M. butterfly (2:44.89) and set a new pool and school record in the meet’s second event, finishing the 1500 M. freestyle in 19:22.70. The prior record of 19:50.99 was set by Lauren Friend in 2000.

Perks and Simpson also won three individual events. In addition to her win in the 400 M. freestyle, Perks touched the wall first in the 100 M. breaststroke (1:25.32) and the 100 M. freestyle (1:05.66). Aside from her win in the 200 M. individual medley, Simpson swept the backstroke events, taking the 100 M. in 1:12.22 and the 200 M. in 2:23.02.

The Vixens, now 7-1 overall, return to action after the semester break. The team travels to North Carolina Jan. 19 to take on Salem College and Agnes Scott.

Overall: 7-1
ODAC: 3-1