WOMEN’S SWIMMING FINISHES 2ND AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOMEN’S SWIMMING FINISHES 2ND AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Christiansburg, VA: On day 4 of the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships, the EC women won another relay, set 3 more school records, 1 conference record, and finished 2nd in the team standings, just 23 points behind 1st place Brenau University.

In the 1650 free, Megan Dawes finished 4th (18:23.96), Morgan Harness 6th (18.33.77).

In the 200 fly, Audrey Johnstone finished 2nd (2:09.03), Laura Gonzalez 7th (2:13.34), Emily Burtt 15th (3:23.56).

In the 200 back, Senior, Diana Tobo finished 3rd (2:09.49), Anna Calka 5th (2:11.59).

In the 100 free, Clara Monges finished 2nd in a new EC school record (52.31). Karolina Ostojska 8th (54.56).

In the 200 breast, Juliana Ribeiro finished 2nd in a new EC school record (2:28.85), Sarita Duarte 12th (2:37.86), Denita-Sue Pieterse 14th (2:41.06).

In the 400 free relay (Ribeiro, Ostojska, Johnstone, Monges) finished 1st (3:32.90). A new EC school record and ASC conference record time.

Head swim coach, Allen Gilchrest commented; "We knew the meet was probably going to come down to the last relay and 7 sessions and 4 days in, it did. We needed to win the relay and Brenau University needed to finish farther back then 2nd. Our ladies won the relay, dropped 9 seconds off the school record, and set the conference record by 2 full seconds. It was an amazing relay! However, hats off to Brenau for finishing 2nd and securing the title. 

Last year our ladies finished 7th in the team standings, so moving up to 2nd and earing 329 more points, with a chance to win, was amazing to watch. I am so proud of our ladies, 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 Lady Lions travel to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in the ECAC Women's Open Swimming & Diving Championships, March 3-5. GO LIONS!

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