Vikings take second at MWC Championships as Lengel, Fleek capture top honors

Honorees from Midwest Conference Swimming Championships
Lawrence's Erin Lengel, fourth from right, was named Oustanding Swimmer and Drew Fleek, second from right, was named Women's Coach of the Year.

GRINNELL, Iowa -- Lawrence University swimming star Erin Lengel was named Outstanding Swimmer and Drew Fleek was chosen as Women's Coach of the Year as the Vikings took second at the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell College.

Lengel captured her third individual conference title of the meet on Sunday and broke the Lawrence and Midwest Conference records in the process. Fleek coached the Vikings to second place with 651 points, and Grinnell took the title with 923.

Lengel won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.83 seconds to win by .69 seconds over Lake Forest College's Susan Guo. Lengel broke the conference record of 52.87 seconds set by Lake Forest's Alex Dunn in 2013, and she broke the Lawrence record of 53.72 set by Hall of Famer Alyssa Bonine in 1999. Lawrence's Bridget Duero placed seventh in the event in 55.22 seconds.

Lawrence rookie Mizuki Ohama won her first conference title and broke the school record in the 200 butterfly. Ohama raced to a winning time of 2:09.39 to top Grinnell's Marguerite Devine, who was second in 2:10.98. Lawrence's Sarah Schweickart was fifth in 2:20.71, and Elise Riggle took sixth in 2:24.25.

The Vikings posted two more second-place finishes as well.

Riggle took second in the 1,650 freestyle in 18:35.72 as Grinnell's Mckynley Larson won in 18:01.25. Lawrence's Mae Grahs was fifth in 18:56.62, and Erin Szablewski was eighth in 19:31.42. 

Emmi Zheng grabbed second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:32.19 as Illinois College's Hannah Marks took first in 2:24.43. Lawrence's Caitlin Lansing grabbed fifth in 2:37.01. 

Lawrence's 400 freestyle relay team of Duero, Garcia, Lengel and Mandy Marsh swam to a school record as they finished third in 3:39.65.

On the men's side, the Vikings finished fifth with 321 points, and Grinnell claimed the title with 821.

Anton Hutchinson and Liam Wulfman were the top finishers for the Vikings. Hutchinson took fourth in the 1,650 freestyle in 16:40.72. Wulfman was fourth in the 200 backstroke in 1:57.24, and Lawrence's Max Stahl was seventh in 2:00.62.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Hutchinson, Wulfman, Stahl and Tom Goldberg finished fifth in 3:13.01.