CC Swimmers take National qualifying times by storm

Swim team with coaches Left to Right: Raymond Balint, Jason Gallaher, Jordyn Barham

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Swim team with coaches Left to Right: Raymond Balint, Jason Gallaher, Jordyn Barham

Skye Shaw, staff writer

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Three Columbia College swimmers qualified for nationals at their first home meet of the season Sept. 30.

Columbia College competed and won against the University of North Carolina, Pembroke Braves. The CC swimmers dominated the meet by taking first place in nine of the 13 events.

From that meet, three swimmers beat the NAIA National Qualifying Standard in two of the 200 Medley Relays with a time of 1:58:20 and the 200 Free Relay with 1:48:44.

Abby Hess, first-year biology major, swam in both qualifying relays.

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De’Nelle Williams


Cassie Adams, junior child and family studies major, joined Hess in the qualifying 200 Medley Relay. “This is my third year of being a part of the Columbia College swim team, and this is my third year qualifying for nationals,” Adams said. “It is so satisfying seeing all of the hard work put on the pool deck and outside the pool pay off.

Da’Nelle Williams, senior, biology major, aided in the 200 Medley Relay and the Free Relay. Williams also finished the 100 Free in first place with a time of 1:00:26. She has been swimming since she was six years old and has been at CC competing all four years of her collegiate career. “This will be my fourth year qualifying for nationals, and it is considered an honor,” Williams said.

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Cassie Adams


For Adams and Williams, this is nothing new for them; they are veterans in both swimming and qualifying for nationals.

Jason Gallaher, head coach of the swim team, said, “This will be our fourth season going to nationals, and it has been a great experience.” Gallaher also stated that they will have more qualifying times over the next couple of months for both individuals and relays. “I do think that we will be a better team on the conference level due to our depth,” Gallaher said.

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