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R-MC Women's Swimming Wins YJI on Meet's Final Event

Kata Kylliainen free style
Kata Kylliainen

CHESTERFIELD, Va. - The Randolph-Macon women's swimming team earned third and sixth-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay to capture its first Yellow Jacket Invitational in seven years Saturday in the final two sessions at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center.

The Yellow Jackets were tied with Catholic heading into the 400 Free Relay. The quartet of senior Kata Kylliainen (Towson, Md./Loch Raven), junior Kacey Pool (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch), freshman Lauren Simonson (Falls Church, Va./Bishop O'Connell) and freshman Maggie Cooke (Newport News, Va./Menchville) finished third in a time of 3:41.62 for 54 points. Just as important, sophomore Grace Landolt (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley), junior Abbey Crank (North Chesterfield, Va./James River), freshman Jordan Shearer (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) and senior Haylie Moore (Lexington, N.C./South Davidson) teamed to finish sixth in 3:44.71 for 48 points. CUA had relay teams that finished second (56 points) and eighth (44 points), but the Cardinals finished in second, two points behind the Yellow Jackets.

With a three-point victory, every swimmer contributed throughout the meet. Moore and senior Lindsei Hamilton (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley), the 2018-19 captains, provided leadership through all three sessions.

The Yellow Jackets recorded multiple personal-best times and several Top 10 times in program history.

In the day's first event, Kylliainen, freshman Becca Lazerson (Stafford, Va./Mountain View), freshman Emma Kate Russell (Lynchburg, Va./E.C.Glass) and Cooke won the 200 Medley Relay in 1:50.84 for 64 points, less than one second from the school record of 1:50.14.

Kylliainen won the 100 Back in 59.81 for 32 points. It was the second-fastest time in program history, one-third of a second behind the record. Kylliainen was second in the 1650 Free in 18:14.74 for 28 points. She placed fourth in the 200 Back in a personal-best time of 2:11.24 for 26 points, #3 on the program's all-time list.

Hamilton won the 200 Fly in 2:11.71 for 32 points. Sophomore Natalia Perdomo (Fredericksburg, Va./Home School) took third in 2:17.10 for 27 points. Russell finished fifth in 2:21.59 for 25 points.

Landolt was second in the 200 Breast in a personal-best time of 2:28.22 with 32 points. That time was No. 5 on the program's all-time list. Crank was fifth in a personal-best time of 2:31.46 for 25 points. Crank's time was No. 6 on the program's all-time list. Lazerson was 10th in 2:35.15 for 17 points. Her time was No. 9 on the program's all-time list.

Perdomo took third in the 100 Fly in 1:00.55 for 27 points.

In the 100 Breast, Landolt was third in 1:08.64 for 27 points and Lazerson was fourth in 1:09.12 for 26 points. Lazerson's time was No. 6 on the program's all-time list.

Crank finished fourth in the 400 IM in a personal-best time of 4:50.20 for 26 points. That time was No. 7 on the program's all-time list.

Also in the 100 Back, McCoy was fourth in a personal-best time of 1:01.15 for 26 points. Pool was sixth in 1:01.60 for 24 points. Freshman Brooke Walthall (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) was seventh in a personal-best time of 1:02.96 for 23 points. Cooke was eighth in a personal-best time of 1:03.02 for 22 points.

Hamilton took fourth in the 1650 Free in 18:25.99 for 26 points.

Pool placed fifth in the 200 back in 2:11.82 for 26 points. Walthall was ninth in a personal-best time of 2:17.17 for 20 points.

Junior Laney Sanchez (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) placed sixth in 4:53.19 for 24 points.

In the 200 Free, Simonson finished ninth in a personal-best time of 2:02.11 for 20 points.

Randolph-Macon returns to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at home against Randolph.

200 Medley Relay

1 Kata Kylliainen, Becca Lazerson, Emma Kate Russell, Maggie Cooke 1:50.84, 64 points

5 Lauren McCoy, Grace Landolt, Natalia Perdomo, Kacey Pool 1:54.48, 50 points

400 IM

4 Abbey Crank 4:50.20*, 26 points

6 Laney Sanchez 4:53.19, 24 points

15 Abby Baker 5:08.79, 12 points

20 Madison Moser 6:22.99, 5 points

100 Fly

3 Natalia Perdomo 1:00.55, 27 points

9 Jordan Shearer 1:02.09, 20 points

10 Emma Kate Russell 1:02.45, 17 points

11 Haylie Moore 1:02.64, 16 points

15 Caroline Pifer 1:04.04, 12 points

200 Free

9 Lauren Simonson 2:02.11*, 20 points

22 Danielle Utz 2:12.22*, 3 points

100 Breast

3 Grace Landolt 1:08.64, 27 points

4 Becca Lazerson 1:09.12, 26 points

20 Zandy Knoke 1:17.09, 5 points

100 Back

1 Kata Kylliainen 59.81*, 32 points

4 Lauren McCoy 1:01.15*, 26 points

6 Kacey Pool 1:01.60, 24 points

7 Brooke Walthall 1:02.96*, 23 points

8 Maggie Cooke 1:03.02*, 22 points

20 Emma Kate Russell 1:07.65*, 5 points

800 Free Relay

3 Kata Kylliainen, Becca Lazerson, Haylie Moore, Kacey Pool 8:02.85, 54 points

5 Jordan Shearer, Abbey Crank, Lauren Simonson, Grace Landolt 8:14.44, 50 points

1650 Free

2 Kata Kylliainen 18:14.74, 28 points

4 Lindsei Hamilton 18:25.99, 26 points

13 Victoria Lewan 19:43.79, 14 points

16 Natalia Perdomo 19:52.31, 11 points

200 Back

4 Kata Kylliainen 2:11.24*, 26 points

5 Kacey Pool 2:11.82, 25 points

9 Brooke Walthall 2:17.17*, 20 points

11 Lauren McCoy 2:18.85, 16 points

100 Free

10 Maggie Cooke 55.71, 17 points

12 Lauren Simonson 56.33*, 15 points

14 Jordan Shearer 56.64*, 13 points

17 Caroline Pifer 56.95, 9 points

19 Haylie Moore 57.04, 6 points

200 Breast

2 Grace Landolt 2:28.22*, 32 points

5 Abbey Crank 2:31.46*, 25 points

10 Becca Lazerson 2:35.15, 17 points

14 Laney Sanchez 2:39.87, 13 points

20 Abby Baker 2:43.07*, 5 points

21 Zandy Knoke 2:45.68, 4 points

200 Fly

1 Lindsei Hamilton 2:11.71, 32 points

3 Natalia Perdomo 2:17.10, 27 points

5 Emma Kate Russell 2:21.59, 25 points

20 Madison Moser 3:18.84, 5 points

400 Free Relay

3 Kata Kylliainen, Kacey Pool, Lauren Simonson, Maggie Cooke 3:41.62, 54 points

6 Grace Landolt, Abbey Crank, Jordan Shearer, Haylie Moore 3:44.71, 48 points

*Personal Best Time

Final Teams Standings

1 Randolph-Macon 1563

2 Catholic 1561

3 Washington College 1161

4 Barton 1125

5 St. Mary's (Md.) 1034

6 Marymount 551

7 Bridgewater 484

8 Hollins 165