FREDERICK, Md.--Junior Arielle Harding of the women's swim team and sophomore Andrew Bodine of the men's swim team have been chosen as the Hood College Athletes of the Week for the week ending Feb. 20.
Harding, from Damascus, Md., broke three school records, including one that had been on the books since 1985, and advanced three championship finals for the Blazers at the Capital Athletic Conference championship hosted by St. Mary's College (Md.).
On Friday, Harding set a new Blazer standard in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:20.11, bettering the previous record (2:20.70) from 1985 held by Hood Athletic Hall of Fame member Kathleen King Kinsey. Harding posted the eighth-best time of the preliminary session and in doing so, earned the final spot in the championship heat that evening. Harding finished eighth overall with a clocking of 2:20.58 in the finals.
Then on Saturday, Harding rewrote her own record in the 100 breast, touching the wall in 1:09.09, the fourth-fastest time of prelims. Harding then placed fifth in the evening session with a time of 1:09.38.
Harding wrapped up her first-ever CAC championship meet by lowering her 200 breaststroke record to 2:33.24 in the morning swim, and took sixth in the championship final that night in 2:33.82.
Bodine, a Frederick native, competed in three consolation finals for the Blazers in the 50 free, the 100 free and the 400 individual medley at the conference championships. He started the meet with a 12th-place finish in the 50 free, touching the wall in 22.66. Bodine was just 0.41 seconds off school-record pace in the 50. He then garnered a 13th-place finish in the 400 IM, clocking in at 4:36.78, narrowly missing another school record in the process. Bodine finished the meet with a 13th-place effort in the 100 free in a season-best time of 49.68, 0.54 seconds off record pace.
The Blazer women finished sixth at CACs while the men placed seventh in the three-day championship.