Women's Swimming Sets School Record, Wins Three Events At Wheaton Invite

Chloe Palajac won two events, while Meg Peel was victorious in a school-record effort for the Hope College women's swimming & diving team during the first day of the five-team Wheaton College Invitational on Friday in Wheaton, Illinois.

Palajac, a senior from Dearborn, Michigan (Dearborn HS), finished first in both the 200-yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley.

Peel, a freshman from Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake), pictured at right, went the fastest in the 200 backstroke.

Palajac, pictured at left, recorded a 200 butterfly time of 2 minutes, 8.49 seconds. She was one of three Flying Dutch swimmers in the final and was followed by runner-up Erin Emmert of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic) at 2:06.68 and eighth-place Sara Hudson of Novi, Michigan (Walled Lake Western).

Palajac clocked a winning 200 individual medley time of 2:09.64. Sophomore Paula Nolte of Elmhurst, Illinois (York Community) came in fifth at 2:15.89.

Peel and freshman Hope Reynolds of Exon, Pennsylvania (Villa Maria Academy) posted the top two swims in the 200 backstroke.

Peel finished in an NCAA Division "B" Cut qualifying time of 2:01.00 to eclipse Molly Meyer's 2016 school record of 2:01.61. Reynolds had a time of 2:06.05.

Nolte and sophomore Erica Slenk of Zeeland, Michigan (Holland Christian) went 2-3 in the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.59 and 1:08.95, respectively. Senior Adrienne Smith of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven) was eighth at 1:15.71.

Peel and Palajac teamed with Junior Abigail Brinks of Commerce Township, Michigan (Walled Lake Northern) and junior Sydney Asselin of Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian) for a runner-up 800 freestyle relay of 7:51.09.

The Flying Dutch were in third place after the first day with 352 points.

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