ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.--The Hood College women's swim team began the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference championship with some solid swims on day one of the three-day event hosted by St. Mary's College (Md.).
Hayley Rogers, who qualified second in the 50 free in the morning prelims, lowered the school record previously held by Katie Hitchens from the 2008 CAC meet. Rogers' time of 24.88 eclipsed Hitchens' mark of 25.00. Rogers equaled her prelim time in the championship final, finishing fourth overall.
Arielle Harding bested her own school record in the 200 IM and qualified 10th in 2:18.59. Her previous record set at last year's conference meet was 2:20.11. She finished fourth in the consolation final in 2:20.51.
The 200 free relay team of Harding, Theresa Schwarzwalder, Tairen Lamkin and Rogers knocked off another school record by 0.22 seconds in 1:46.14, good for sixth.
Schwarzwalder snagged the final spot in the 200 IM consolation final with a season-best time of 2:27.87. She finished eighth in the evening consolation swim in 2:30.07. Aleece Groom came in 23rd in the prelims in 2:42.04.
All three Blazers to compete in the 500 free preliminaries logged season-bests. Lindsay Cronin placed 18th in 5:41.01, a five-second drop; Daniela Mittelkamp was 28th in a season-best by almost 17 seconds (6:11.60); and Andrea Haines carved 23 seconds off her season-best with a time of 6:36.86, good for 31st.
In the 50 free prelims, Tairen Lamkin came in 24th in 28.43, a season-best; Emily Schrodel was 27th in 28.93, also a season best; and Catherine Brown finished 31st in 32.43.
The 400 medley relay squad of Schrodel, Haines, Mittelkamp and Cronin rounded out the championship final with a sixth-place finish in 4:53.93.
Hood is in sixth place in the team standings after 10 events.
Day two of the CAC championship begins with preliminary action Saturday at 10 a.m. from St. Mary's.