Hamit, Lautenschleger Grow as Swimming Teammates and Sorority Sisters
April 08, 2016
BY: Mike Richardson
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Alex Hamit ‘16 and Dana Lautenschleger ’18 have a bond unlike any other, as the two are both sorority sisters and teammates on the Purple Raider swimming team.
Hamit, a biochemistry major, loves getting involved with the community any chance she can get. Her activities have ranged from judging science fairs from middle school to high school, MLK day, working at Autism walks, and anything Alpha Xi Delta takes part in. Her love of exercise led her to the decision to join the swim team. Wanting to do more than just swim, she looked at other options to test her abilities.
“I came here to swim because that is what I grew up doing and I didn’t know any different. It is always a good feeling to know that you have a team behind you” said Hamit. “I later decided to try track and cross-country just to see what limits I could push. I wanted to see how far I could go.”
She finished with top times in the 100 back and the 400 medley competing in three other events in the OAC championships. This earned her an All-OAC honors in both the 100 back and 400 medley relay.
Lautenschleger, a nursing major, follows in her fellow Alpha Xi Delta sister’s footsteps, volunteering as a group around the Alliance area. Also a member of the swim team, she earned herself this past 2015-2016 season an impressive title, Women’s Swimmer of the Year.
This young student-athlete also earned four All-OAC honors while thriving in the classroom adding an Academic All-OAC honors. She finished with top times in the 500 free, 1650 free, 200 free and was included in the 800 free relay, which placed first and the 400 medley relay, which placed second.
Lautenschleger broke school and OAC records in the 500 free, 1650 free and broke the school record in the 200 free.
“Alpha Xi Delta has allowed us to balance our time better and has given us the opportunity to engage with the community through volunteer opportunities” said Alex and Dana.
The two met and immediatetly made a connection later deciding to become big and little sisters in their sorority. The two feed off of each other, improving one another’s lives in the pool, classroom and in everyday life.
“It’s been extremely fun watching each other grow as individuals, teammates, and sisters. There was never a dull moment between the two of us and that made the experience that much more enjoyable” said the two. “Swim meets, chapter meetings, practice, recruitment and volunteering events has brought us closer together and strengthened our relationship. These opportunities have helped us become best friends.”
It is relationships like these that are seen every day at Mount Union and is what being a student-athlete all is about. These two student-athletes are the perfect examples of why participating in athletics has been a decision that every Raider has valued so highly.