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Swimming, diving conference highlights

Heath Ogawa ’19 posted the highest 3m-diving score in Midwest Conference history and earned one of the Foresters’ 12 victories at the championship meet.

Ogawa will represent the Foresters at this weekend’s NCAA Division III Regional Diving Meet at Denison University.

Forester men finished second and women fourth at the MWC Championship Meet at Grinnell College, February 19–21. Lake Forest won 12 of 40 events, broke three school records and one MWC mark, and made 15 new or improved entries on the program’s list of the top five performances by event.

Orion Huey ’17 was the most decorated member of the team, winning two of his three individual events, helping Lake Forest finish first in each of his four relay races, and recording a B-cut and program record time in the 200-backstroke.

More top performers:

  • Kristofer Korth ’16 claimed the title in the 200-breaststroke for the third year in a row. His time of 2:05.94 was within four-tenths of a second of an NCAA B-cut.
  • Foresters claimed the title in the men’s 200-medley relay, which Jakobi McClellan ’18, Korth, Huey and Travis Johnson ’17 completed in 1:34.73. They finished nearly a full second ahead of runner-up Grinnell with the second-fastest time in program history.
  • Forester men dominated the top two positions in 100-butterfly, where Huey came in first with a time of 51.87 seconds and James Winkler ’18 was second in 52.62, and in 100-backstroke, where Virgil Thomas ’17 came in first at 53.38 seconds and McClellan was second at 53.65.
  • Huey defended his title in the men’s 200-backstroke with a program record time of 1:51.29, which was also an NCAA Division III B-cut qualifying mark. 
  • Lily McCarthy ’18 and Toni Corbani ’18 finished first and second, respectively, in the 1650-freestyle. McCarthy’s time of 17:49.25 ranks her fourth in team history. Corbani edged out the third-place finisher by three seconds with a time of 18:20.27.
  • Lake Forest posted a thrilling victory in the 400-freestyle relay, the final event of the meet, by just 0.14 seconds. The time of 3:08.89 posted by Sam Freedberg ’17, David Bunting ’19, Johnson, and Huey ranks third in school history.