It was an exciting day at Sprankle-Sprandel stadium, where the Brits took on Alma College on Saturday, Nov. 7. For most of the first half, the Scots held the lead and penetrated Albion’s tough defense, but the second half featured a newly invigorated Brit team that would not be denied their MIAA championship. Albion scored on six consecutive possessions and defeated the Scots 66-28, and the victory secured a share of their 36th MIAA championship.
Pinckney, Mich., senior Dominic Bona led the charge in the second half as he compiled 285 of Albion’s 300 passing yards. Bona also led the team with 75 rushing yards and threw four touchdown passes. On defense, White Lake, Mich., junior Anthony Waite had 12 tackles and an interception. Despite the shaky start, the Brits’ defense forced five turnovers against the Scots.
Albion will finish the regular season next week in a non-league match at Aurora University (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 14.
In their season finale, the Brits traveled to Adrian College to take on the Bulldogs. Although Albion totaled 19 shots with eight on net, Adrian was able to score midway through the first half, and that would prove to be the difference maker in the Brits’ 1-0 loss.
Traverse City sophomore Maggie Troost had two saves on the day as Adrian only had three shots on goal.
Albion finished with an overall record of 8-10-1 and an MIAA record of 6-9-1.
“The team is going to have to overcome some obstacles,” Troost said. “It will be interesting how the team changes with the new freshman coming in, as well as the departure of the seniors.”
Men’s Swim and Dive
On Sunday, Nov. 1, Albion swim and dive traveled to Chesterton, Ind., to compete against Rose-Hulman University and Carthage College. Against Rose-Hulman, the Brits suffered a 178-121 loss but were able to defeat Carthage College 155.5-143.5.
Lima, Peru, first-year Gerardo Huidobro won the 100 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle and was also a part of the 200-yard medley relay, which included Estado de Mexico junior Sebastian Tostado, Grand Rapids, Mich., first-year Nate Kozycki and Holland, Mich., junior Derek Bosko.
Chelsea, Mich., first-year Jake Burris and Marshall, Mich., first-year Henry Sweet both achieved NCAA regional qualifying scores on the 1-meter dive. Naperville, Ill., sophomore Lucas Harder rounded out the Brits’ wins with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke.
The Brits traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., to compete in a quadrangular two-day meet against MIAA rival Calvin College, Carthage College and Ohio Northern University. The story of the day was Bosko who won the 50-yard freestyle and helped the Brits to victories in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. Along with Bosko, the competitors in the 50-yard freestyle included Tostado, Livonia, Mich., sophomore Parker Belmore and Grandville, Mich., junior Tom Parsons.
In the second day of the quadrangular meet, Kozycki was able to win the 100 and 200 butterfly events, as well as help the Brits to a 200-yard medley relay victory. Albion also won the 400 frestyle relay which consisted of Parsons and Belmore. The Brits won four of five relay events in the meet.
Albion’s next dual meet is with MIAA rival Kalamazoo College on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Women’s Swim and Dive
Along with the men, the lady Brits were also in Chesterton, Ind., on Sunday, Nov. 1 for a meet against Carthage College and Rose-Hulman University. Albion was able to defeat Carthage College 173-125 and Rose-Hulman 201-86.
Bloomfield Hills sophomore Sarah Kilbride posted two wins in individual events, and was also on the 200 medley relay. Battle Creek first-year Anna More won the 200 backstroke and was also a member of the winning relay teams for the Brits. Midland, Mich., first-year Mary Noble won the 200 butterfly with Kilbride right behind her in second. Milan, Mich., senior Anna Hargrove was the winner of the 200 freestyle.
The lady Brits were in the water in Grand Rapids for a two-day quadrangular meet against Calvin College, Carthage College and Ohio Northern University. As a team, the Brits finished second behind Calvin College.
Moore was the winner of three events and Kilbride collected two wins and a second place finish. Both were members of the 200-yard medley relay, along with Hargrove and Kalamazoo junior Kylene Slocum. Moore’s victories included the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200-yard medley relay. Kilbride earned a victory in the 400 individual medley and a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke.
The women will travel to Kalamazoo College on Saturday, Nov. 14 for an MIAA dual meet against the Hornets.
Photo by Steve Marowski