Stephens College swimming coach Laura Wacker joked with her athletes after Saturday’s meet against Cottey College.
“I saw you girls talking to those Cottey College swimmers about coming here,” she said. “That was nice of you after they whooped your butts.”
Cottey College, a two-year liberal arts college in Nevada, Mo., for women that feeds into schools like Stephens, beat the Stars 113-66 at Stephens Natatorium.
The final event was typical of the Stars’ performance Saturday.
Stephens looked poised to finish first and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, but couldn’t hold its position. Senior Terzah Wright and junior Nikki Craig gave the Stars a sizeable lead, but the Comets caught Stephens at the end of the third leg and won.
The Stars’ second relay team had third seemingly locked up, but Cottey outtouched them at the wall.
“Cottey’s been training since August. We’ve only been training four weeks, so they got a head start on us,” Wacker said.
She said the swimmers will be working on their endurance in the coming weeks after focusing more on technique in recent practices.
“This a little motivator for them, to get their butts kicked by a junior college,” Wacker said.
Sophomore Lindsay Shoemaker saw the most success, winning the 200 and 500 freestyle races and finishing second in the 100 butterfly.
“She did well,” Wacker said. “Better than the beginning of last year.”
Saturday, the Stars travel to St. Louis to swim against Webster University, which Wacker said her team is competitive with every year.