MEN’S SWIMMING WINS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEN’S SWIMMING WINS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Christiansburg, VA: On day 4 of the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships, the EC men won all 6 events, set 6 school records, 4 conference records, earned 7 NCAA Div. II national qualifying times, and finished 1st in the team standings by 156 points to win their first Conference Championships!

In the 1650 free, Stanislas Raczynski finished 1st (15:47.51). An NCAA Div. II national qualifying time. Richard Williamson finished 5th (16:58.19), Nathan Armes 7th (17:02.00).

In the 200 fly, Pedro Illescas finished 1st (1:48.69). A new EC school record, conference record, and NCAA Div. II national qualifying time.

In the 200 back, Pedro Illescas finished 1st (1:48.71). A new EC school record, conference record, and NCAA Div. II national qualifying time. Hayden Pendergraft finished 13th (2:04.78).

In the 100 free, Alex Sobers finished 1st (44.45). A new EC school record, conference record, and NCAA Div. II national qualifying time. Adrian Aleksandrowicz finished 2nd (45.26), Rafael Mendez 5th (46.92), Jarred Stigant 7th (47.61).

In the 200 breast, Camilo Mendoza finished 1st (2:01.95). A new EC school record and NCAA Div. II national qualifying time. Robert Jones finished 9th (2:13.51), Andrew Reichenbach 10th (2:13.52). Both personal best times.

In the 400 free relay (Aleksandrowicz, Mendoza, Mendes, Sobers) finished 1st (3:02.64). A new EC school record, conference record, and NCAA Div. II national qualifying time. This is the 3rd year in a row EC has won the 400 freestyle relay.

Head swim coach, Allen Gilchrest commented; "I could not be more proud of our guys, they have worked very hard for this honor of winning a conference championship, the Seniors have worked 4 years for this goal. This season we trained as a team, competed as a team, and weathered through the ups and downs of the season as a team, knowing God was with us every step of the way. We give Him the Glory!"   

In the combined team scores, Emmanuel finished 1st. The EC Men's & Women's teams combined for 1267 points, which was 395 points ahead of the next team, Mars Hill University, who finished with 872.

Next up, the Lions travel to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in the ECAC Men's Open Swimming & Diving Championships, March 3-5. GO LIONS!

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