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Meg O'Brien

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Hayley Caulfeild-James

Hayley Caulfeild-James

Hollins Wraps Up Season At ODAC Championships

Greensboro, NC - Hollins University Swimming at 2014 ODAC Swim Championships, February 7-9, 2014

Results

For the past three days, the Hollins swim team has been in competition at the 2014 ODAC Women's Swim Championships.  Hollins finished eight after the three days of heats and finals.  Hollins swimmers earned four spots in the finals of three different events.

Hollins got the meet off to a strong start by placing sixth in the 200 Freestyle Relay.  The Hollins team of Ashley Gao (Pearland, TX), Meg O'Brien (Chattanooga, TN), Lauren Chin (Montego Bay, Jamaica), and Hayley Caulfeild-James (Willow Street, PA) finished with a time of 1:58.71, a full two seconds ahead of the team from Notre Dame (Maryland). 

Later in the meet, Chin and O'Brien teamed with Grace Iaquinto (Huntington, WV) and Michelle Douglas (Chesapeake, VA) to post a 5:39.21 time in the 400 Individual Medley Relay, good enough for a ninth place finish.  In the final relay of the three day event, Hollins came home eighth with the team of O'Brien, Chin, Iaquinto, and Caulfeild-James.

Individually, Hollins saw a pair of swimmers earn four spots in the final heats.  O'Brien qualified for the final in the 400 Individual Medley by posting a time of 6:00.36.  In the final, the junior bested her preliminary time by five seconds to record a 14th place finish.  O'Brien also made the final of the 200 Butterfly.

Caulfeild-James earned a pair of finals appearances during the meet.  Hayley earned a spot in the 100 Butterfly final when she beat eight other swimmers with a time of 1:13.23 in her preliminary.  In the final, the first-year swimmer bettered her time by three and a half seconds to finish 16th.  Caulfeild-James joined teammate O'Brien in the 200 Butterfly final by recording a 2:58.22 time in the prelims.  In the finals, Hayley came home 14th, two spots ahead of her teammate.

The Championships marked the end of the 2013-14 swim season.  Hollins enjoyed another successful campaign by besting three ODAC foes during the regular season.  The young team, just three seniors on the roster, saw constant improvement as well as many Hollins records fall during the season.  With a strong core of swimmers set to return, Hollins will look to use this season as a springboard towards future success.