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Women's Swim Picked Fourth in ODAC Poll

laurel glover, olivia heeb-wade, taylor berard and jenna walmer with the ODAC logo behind them

FOREST, Va. - The Bridgewater College women's swimming team has been picked fourth in the 2018 ODAC Coaches' Poll.

Eleven-time defending conference champion Washington & Lee stood atop the ODAC Women's Swimming Coaches' Poll, picking up 121 points including 11 first place votes in the league's annual survey. Randolph-Macon sits second with 109 points, while Roanoke breaks into the top-three with 95 tallies including the remaining top nod as the Maroons embark on their second season of competition.

The Generals racked up 1,053 points after winning 12 individual events and all five relays to hoist their ODAC record 28th women's swimming trophy last year in Greensboro. Randolph-Macon finished second with 613 points, and Bridgewater out-paced Emory & Henry, 365 to 337, to place third.

The combination of another year's worth of high-quality recruiting and a strong crop of talented returners could see unprecedented levels of success in ODAC waters in 2018-19. In fact, 31 of the 35 All-ODAC honorees return to league rosters including every member of the 14-woman All-ODAC First Team and each athlete that won an event at the ODAC Championships.

Bridgewater will return three All-ODAC selections this season- Kelley Hilliker (400 IM, 100 back, 200 back), Emma Daw (100 fly, 200 IM) and Rachael King (100 fly, 200 fly).

The Greensboro Aquatic Center will again be home to the ODAC Championships in 2019. This season's event is scheduled for February 15-17. The GAC and the ODAC in conjunction with the Greensboro Sports Commission have the added privilege of hosting the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. That four-day affair is set for March 20-23.

Listed below is the 2018-19 ODAC Women's Swimming Coaches' Poll as well as preview capsules for each of the ODAC women's swimming programs. For more information on ODAC women's swimming, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.

2018-19 ODAC WOMEN'S SWIMMING COACHES' POLL
1. Washington and Lee University (11) 121 pts.
2. Randolph-Macon College 109 pts.
3. Roanoke College (1) 95 pts.
4. Bridgewater College 93 pts.
5. Emory & Henry College 87 pts.
6. Hollins University 66 pts.
7. Virginia Wesleyan University 51 pts.
8. Sweet Briar College 48 pts.
9. Randolph College 40 pts.
10. Ferrum College 37 pts.
11. Greensboro College 32 pts.
12. Guilford College 13 pts.
(#) Denotes First Place Votes