Feb 16, 2018
Feb.16-GRANVILLE, Ohio- The Hiram College men's and women's swimming & diving teams tallied over 10 finals appearances and many season-best at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, Thursday night.
The Hiram men sit in tenth place with 161 points, while the women are ninth with 216 points, with a day of events still to go.
Overall, the men are led by host Denison with 1284.5, Keyon is in second with 1278.5 points, and DePauw rounds out the top three with 752.5 points.
The Hiram men's 200 medley relay started the day with a tenth-place finish in prelims in a time of 1:53.90. The relay came back in finals to cut their time down to 1:45.62, moving to a ninth-place finish. The relay included freshman Darien Street, junior Reeve Bowling, freshman Brett Bentkowski, and junior Michael Barber.
Freshman Brady Gunther was 23rd in the 100-yard butterfly, swimming a finals time of 54.00. Gunther came back a couple of events later to secure an 18th place finish in the 100 backstroke (54.56).
Besides the relay, Bowling also swam in the 100-yard breaststroke where he finished in 25th place, in a season-best time of 1:03.32.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Bentkowski reset his personal best time clocking in at 2:14.28. While, senior Jory Gomes recorded a 27th place finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:56.58).
The women are led by the Ladies of Kenyon with 1252, Denison is in second with 1171 points, and Wooster has now moved into the third place position with 737.5.
The women's 200 medley relay made it to finals where they moved from the ninth to eighth place with a new season-best of 2:05.64. The relay team featured sophomore Jenna Nelson, freshman Nicki Prentler, junior Sierra Daniels, and freshman Kerrie Romagna.
Daniels also swam a season-best time of 1:07.34 in the 100-yard butterfly, coming in 27th place in the finals.
In the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Mallory Best recorded a 27th place finish in a personal best time of 2:14.14.
The sophomore duo Kimmy Morrison and Jill Schmidt made it to finals finishing 26th and 27th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:31.80, 1:32.79).
The 100-yard backstroke served as the final race of the night for Hiram. The Terriers secured three spots going into the finals, with Best, Romagna, and Prentler coming in 23rd, 24th, and 25th respectively (1:09.49, 1:14.54, 1:15.90).
The Terriers will close out the NCAC Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, February 16. The final day's events include the 1650 freestyle, 100 individual medley, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the 400 freestyle relay.