CANTON, OHIO — The Hiram College swimming and diving teams closed the door on the second day of competition of the annual North Coast Athletic Conference Championships today (Friday, Feb. 11) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The Terrier men remain in ninth place and the women in eighth place following today’s events. [Championship Website]
The men increased their point total to 237.5 points after the second day and are ninth of nine teams. Denison University continues to lead the overall team standings with 1,171 points, followed by Kenyon College in second with 1,049 points. Wabash (Ind.) College has moved into third place with 493 points.
Individually, the top finish for the men in finals competition was posted by senior Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.64 which was good enough for 11th place. Freshman Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge) also qualified for the finals in the same event and placed 15th overall with a mark of 1:02.17. Other Terriers who advanced to the finals on the second day included senior Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa) in the 100-yard butterfly and placed 17th with a time of 54.83 seconds. Fellow senior Colin Kelly (Perrysburg) tied for 19th place in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:49.18. Freshman Job Fields (Chillicothe) rounded out the finals competitors recording a time of 4:33.47 in the 400-yard individual medley. The Hiram men also competed in both relay events and had a top finish of the day of seventh place in the 200-yard medley relay. Morales, Astalos, Kelly and Subda finished with a combined time of 1:40.36 in the event.
On the women’s side, the Terriers end day two with 233 points to place eighth of eight teams. Denison increased its point total to 1,338 to remain in first place in the team standings. Kenyon is second at 975 points and Allegheny (Pa.) College rounds out the top-three with 628 points.
The women were led by senior Ashlynn Krohn (Wauseon) who qualified for the finals in two events. She placed 16th overall in the 100-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:04.82 and finished 22nd in the 100-yard fly in a time of 1:04.85. Junior Caitlin McCurley (Napa Valley, Calif./Granite Hills) touched the wall in 21st place in the 400-yard IM with a time of 5:24.30. A trio of Terriers advanced to the finals in the 200-yard free with junior Becca Szanto (Bainbridge) posting a time of 2:08.88, followed by senior Kelsey Covell (Parma Heights/Valley Forge) with a time of 2:09.67 and senior Clare Rachek (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) with a time of 2:11.94. Junior Sidney Kispert-Bostick (Frazer, Mich./Frazer) completed her conference championships with an 11th place showing in the three-meter dive with 211.45 points. The women also placed eighth in both the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard free relay. The team of senior Jackie Steffes (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins), senior Mackenzie Saywell (Kirtland), Krohn and freshman Jessica Gruden (Sagamore Hills/Western Reserve Academy) had a time of 2:00.78 in the 200-yard medly relay and the combination of Szanto, junior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena), Rachek and Covell recorded a time of 8:47.75 in the 800-yard free relay.
The Hiram swim teams will wrap-up the NCAC Championships tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 12) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The first event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
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