Guilford 10th After First Day of ODAC Championships

2017-18 Guilford Women's Swimming Team (John Bell photo, Touch A Life Photography)
2017-18 Guilford Women's Swimming Team (John Bell photo, Touch A Life Photography)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College's women's swimming team sits in 10th place among 12 teams after Friday's opening day of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Ten-time defending league champion Washington and Lee University opened a sizable lead in the largest championships field in league history. The Generals scored 337 points Friday, well ahead of second-place Randolph-Macon College (172) and third-place Emory & Henry College (105). League newcomer Roanoke College (86) and Bridgewater College (84) rounded out the top-five teams.

Guilford fielded entries in three of five events Friday and was led by the 400-yard medley relay's ninth-place showing. Makayla Carver, Isabel Gutierrez, Carolyn O'Halloran, and Jordan Deaton won the consolation final in five minutes, 23.58 seconds. Earlier in the day the team posted the Quakers' best mark of the season (5:18.73) in the preliminaries.

The Quakers' 200 freestyle relay came home in 11th place with a time of 2:02.74. Earlier in the day, the team of Carver, Gutierrez, Deaton, and O'Halloran notched the day's 10th-fastest preliminary time (2:00.60), a team season low.

O'Halloran claimed Guilford's top individual result with a fifth-place finish in the consolation final of the 50 freestyle. The Quakers' sophomore touched in 26.57 seconds, a season-low, and the 13th-fastest overall in the race. Carver (32.64, 28th), Deaton (33.02, 30th), and Courtney Packer (36.46, 36th) also competed in the 50 freestyle.

Coach Ashley Cox's team continues competition Saturday (2/10) and Sunday (2/11), beginning at 10:00 a.m. both days.