First-year student Matthew Sims and sophomore Sophia Noren both accomplished unprecedented feats in the history of Bellarmine’s swimming programs at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships in February. Sims became the first GLVC champion on either the men’s or women’s side, and he and Noren became the first swimmers for each respective squad to earn All-GLVC accolades in an individual event.
Sims captured the gold in the 200 butterfly after placing first in 1:46.23. He broke his own program record in the event, and his NCAA provisional qualifying time ranks third in the country.
The women’s 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams also earned All-GLVC honors, becoming the first relay squads in program history to do so. Noren was on both teams, and followed that up with the unprecedented individual All-GLVC acknowledgement after placing second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.27, an NCAA provisional qualifying time that ranks third in the nation and broke her own program record.
On the last day of the meet, first-year student Rachel Walker also achieved All-GLVC status in an individual event when she finished second in the 1650 freestyle.
At press time, the swim teams were preparing for the DII NCAA Championships. Sims, first on the men’s team to ever receive an invitation, was competing in the 200 butterfly, 400 individual medley and the 1650 freestyle. Noren was competing in in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and Walker in the 1650, 1000 and 200 freestyle. Two women’s relay teams also earned berths: Noren, senior Kathryn Vulich, senior Emily Zawadzki and junior Grace Roegner in the 200 medley relay, and Vulich, Noren, Walker and Roegner in the 400 medley.