Feb. 11 - GRANVILLE, Ohio - Competing in a combined nine finals heats, the Hiram College swimming & diving teams concluded their 2016-17 season with the final day of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.
The women completed the four-day event with 313 total points while the men captured 210 points over the span of 21 events. The Terrier women increased their scoring output by 20 points over last year's totals, while the men improved by 23 points compared to 2015-16.
The Big Red of Denison University captured the team titles on both sides, while Kenyon College placed second for both the men's and the women's competitions.
Freshman Jenna Nelson led the Terrier women throughout the final day of competition, swimming in a trio of finals while collecting 33 points. Nelson's best event came in the 200 breastroke, where she earned 19 points with an 11th-place finish (2:39.92). Nelson also picked up her lifetime best swim in the prelim of the event, posting a 2:39.47.
Additionally, Nelson added a career-best mark in the 1,650 freestyle, earning a pair of points with a time of 19:12.99.
In relay action, Nelson swam the anchor leg for the 400 freestyle relay team that earned a ninth-place finish and 48 points with a time of 4:13.11, a season-best time. The team also consisted of Emily Kelly, Meredith Fitschen-Brown and Sierra Daniels.
Kelly and Fitschen-Brown each also competed in individual finals in the last day. Kelly posted a time of 20:26.49 in the 1,650, while Fitschen-Brown placed 16th in the 200 breaststroke (2:47.16).
Individually, Gomes competed in a pair of individual finals. He tallied a lifetime best swim of 1:02.41 to place 19th in the 100 individual medley before posting a 2:36.04 in the 200 breaststroke. He also added a lifetime best in that event in the prelims with a mark of 2:35.48.
Barber also earned points for the Terriers, picking up six points in the 1,650 freestyle by posting a time of 18:54.31; almost a full minute faster than his seed time.
Throughout the four-day event, the Terriers continued to make significant strides. Over the entirety of 42 events, the teams combined to set 81 season-best marks, and put together 35 individual lifetime bests.