Kenyon Swimmer Dies In Crash

Posted: January 15, 2000

The co-captain of the Kenyon College women's swim team was killed when the school van slid on an icy road into a highway guardrail and rolled several times. Ten other swimmers were injured.

The swimmers of the championship team were returning from a meet against North Carolina. They were about 30 miles from their school in Gambier, Ohio, when the accident happened about 6:40 p.m. Thursday.

Molly Hatcher, a 21-year-old senior from Evanston, Ill., was tossed from the van and died in the crash on U.S. 36 about 65 miles east of Columbus, the State Highway Patrol said yesterday.

The van was one of four vans carrying the men's and women's swim teams of Kenyon, a small, liberal arts college.

The women's team has won 16 consecutive NCAA Division III national championships, and the men's team has won straight 20 national championships.

The college, which has about 1,575 students, is on winter break until Monday. School counselors met with members of both teams after the crash.

Team members Kate Holland, 19, of Minot, N.D., and Jessica Case, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska, were in fair condition at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Both had head injuries, and Case also has a broken collarbone, Grant spokeswoman Janet Porter said.

The other eight swimmers - including one member of the men's team - were treated and released at Coshocton Memorial Hospital for bumps, bruises and cuts.

The swimmers included Hatcher's sister, Emily, an 18-year-old freshman.

Molly Hatcher's main event was the 100-yard butterfly, and she finished 12th in the nation in 1997. She also swam the individual medley, finishing fifth in the conference championship in 1998 and sixth in 1999.

Services are Monday at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

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* Texas quarterback Major Applewhite underwent successful surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.

* The University of Vermont canceled the remainder of its men's hockey season after learning some players lied during an investigation into a hazing scandal. The normally strong hockey program was 5-9-3 this season, with 15 games to go.

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