WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After a two-week break from action, the Salem swim team returns to the pool when it heads to the North Carolina state capital to take part in the William Peace Double Dual on Saturday, Oct. 19. The event will take place at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Raleigh, beginning at 3:30 p.m., featuring competitors from Salem, William Peace, Sweet Briar and LaGrange.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE SPIRITS: The Salem swimming program completed its return to the pool on Saturday, Oct. 5, by finishing seventh at the Guilford College Invitational held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Spirits, who finished with 55 points in the day-long event, had four individual Top-15 finishes and one Top-10 team outing (seventh) in the 200-yard medley relay.
The first race of the day was the 100-yard butterfly, which included Salem's Olivia Kleven, who placed 11th in a time of 1:13.40. Kleven grabbed the first Top-10 of the year for the Spirits in the 100-yard breaststroke, tapping the wall in 1:23.15, recording the eighth-best time of the event.
Salem earned its second Top-10 finish of the event in the 200-yard medley relay where the combination of Allision Wakefield, Kleven, Emily Inman and Madison Robertson combined for a time of 2:38.36, placing seventh. Top honors in the event went to UNC Pembroke, which posted the only sub-two-minute time (1:56.05).
Kleven posted her second Top-10 of the afternoon session in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing ninth in a time of 2:47.92. She was joined in the event by Madison Robertson, who finished 18th with a time of 3:17.78.
Kleven narrowly missed her third individual Top-10 in the 200-yard freestyle, placing 12th after tapping the wall in 2:33.31. She was just over three seconds behind 10th-place finisher Leilani Williams (Sweet Briar), who finished in 2:30.08.
Kleven was one of four Spirits taking part in the 200-yard freestyle, along with Inman (3:03.97) and Robertson (3:06.48), who finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively. Wakefield, who placed 26th, capped off the event with a time of 3:13.62.
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