Hiram College
Sophomore Rachel Patten (Castalia/Margaretta) swam a time of 5:22.66 in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle on the first day of events of the NCAC Championships.

Sophomore Rachel Patten (Castalia/Margaretta) swam a time of 5:22.66 in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle on the first day of events of the NCAC Championships.

The Hiram College swimming and diving teams completed their first day of the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Denison University in Granville.  The Terrier women are currently ninth and the men are tenth.

The women totaled 58 points on the first full day of competition.  Kenyon College leads the standings with 575 points and Denison University is second at 535 points.  Rounding out the top three schools is DePauw (Ind.) University with 327 points.

Individually, two swimmers reached the finals in sophomore Rachel Patten(Castalia/Margaretta) and junior Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic).  Patten competed in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle and recorded a time of 5:22.66 to place 21st overall.  Buckley got to the finals in the 50-yard free and posted a time of 25.35 seconds and finished 25th overall.

For the men, Hiram finished with a team-total 44 points through 12 of 40 events.  Denison leads the standings with 670 points and Kenyon is second at 561 points.  DePauw is currently in third place with 313 points.

The men did not have any competitors in the finals, but senior Ryan Astalos(Bainbridge/Kenston) swam a time of 2:07.07 in the preliminaries of the 200-individual medley.  Sophomore Mark Stanke (Dover) had the top time amongst two other Hiram swimmers in the 50-yard free prelims at 22.56 seconds.

The Hiram swim teams will continue the NCAC Championships tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 14) at the Trumbull Aquatics Center in Granville.  The first preliminary event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.