The Hiram College swimming and diving teams completed the final day of competition at the 2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships today (Saturday, Feb. 16) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The Terrier women placed eighth out of eight teams with 489 points. The men finished seventh of nine teams with 432 points. [Complete Final Day Results] [Wittenberg Championship Web Site]
Kenyon College placed first overall in the women’s standings with 1,630 total points. Denison University finished second with 1,615 points and the College of Wooster finished third with 886.5 points.
Highlighting the final day of competition for the Hiram women was a fourth place finish by junior diver Jen Fowler (Canton/McKinley) in the one-meter dive with a total of 309.60 points. Senior All-NCAC swimmer Shelly Leshe (Palm City, Fla./Martin County) placed sixth in the 200-yard butterfly recording a time of 2:11.92. Sophomore Gillian Millwood (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) finished 18th in the same event (2:21.02). Senior Nora Plisga (Columbus/Whetstone) tallied a 12th place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 19:02.97. Freshman Kelsey Covell (Parma Heights/Valley Forge) and freshman Claire Rachek (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) finished 19th and 20th in the same event with times of 20:21.09 and 20:43.98 respectively. Junior Brittany Cowden (Copley) recorded a 12th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke touching the wall in a time of 2:36.87. Freshman Dreau Bowser (Delta/Wauseon) placed 20th in the same event posting a time of 2:43.91. Freshman Ashlynn Krohn (Wauseon) finished 17th in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:21.21. Rounding out the top individual performances for the Terrier women was an 18th place finish by freshman Jackie Steffes (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.05 seconds. The women also had a relay team finish in the top-eight. The team of Steffes, Leshe, sophomore Katie Pierdomenico (Stow/Twinsburg) and junior Amy Kocka (Strongsville) combined efforts to record a time of 3:45.95 in the 400-yard freestyle relay finishing seventh overall.
On the men’s side, Kenyon won the overall competition with 1,633 points. Denison finished in second with 1,598 points and Wabash (Ind.) College was third with 1,066 points.
Individually for Hiram, freshman Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa) paced the Terriers with a fourth place finish in the 200-yard fly posting a time of 1:55.30. Fellow freshman Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) placed 11th in the same event posting a time of 1:56.93. Freshman Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) followed his record-setting performance yesterday with an 11th place finish in the 100-yard freestyle recording a time of 47.60 seconds. Sophomore Adam Warner (Norwalk) tallied an 11th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.98) and senior Ryan McGee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Carrick) placed 20th in the same event (2:23.51). Other top-20 individual performances for the men included an 18th place finish by senior Bryan Christiansen (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.67) and a 20th place finish by sophomore Gary Ising (Irwin, Pa./Penn Traford) in the 1650-yard free (18:25.28). In addition, the men had a relay team finish in the top-eight. Subda, freshman Colin Kelly (Perrysburg), Christiansen and Morales combined efforts to place seventh overall in the 400-yard freestyle relay recording a time of 3:15.61.
Overall for the three-day competition, the Hiram swim teams recorded a combined 113 personal best times.