The Hiram College women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams defeated John Carrroll University in a non-conference dual meet tonight (Friday, Jan. 18) at the Alumni Memorial Pool. The Terrier women defeated the Blue Streaks, 128-106, and the men won, 120-96. In addition, freshman Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mex/Colegio Bilboa) set an individual and a pool record. Morales also helped in another pool record, contributing to four school records broken during the meet. [Complete Meet Results]
With the wins, the women improve to 3-5 in dual meet competition while the Hiram men improve to 3-4 overall. The Hiram swim teams recorded over 20 personal best times against the Blue Streaks.
The women had nine individual event winners including a trio of multiple event winners in senior All-NCAC swimmer Shelly Leshe (Palm City, Fla./Martin County),junior Jen Fowler (Canton/McKinley) and freshman Jackie Steffes (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins). In addition, the Terriers also had a winning relay team that set a Hiram pool record.Leshe tallied wins in the 200-meter freestyle (2:16.32) and the 100-meter butterfly (1:07.65). Fowler captured both the one and three-meter diving events with scores of 219.00 and 213.25 repectively. Steffes had wins in the 50-meter free (29.11 seconds) and the 100-meter free (1:03.22). Also tallying wins was junior Amy Kocka (Strongsville)in the 400-meter free (4:53.02) and freshman Ashlynn Krohn (Wauseon) in the 100-meter backstroke (1:16.58). Steffes, Kocka, sophomore Katie Pierdomenico (Stow/Twinsburg)and Leshe combined efforts to win the 800-meter free relay with a time of (9:18.62). The combined time set a Hiram pool record that stood for nearly four years.
The men tallied a total of five individual event winners led by Morales who posted victories in the 800-meter free (9:34.04) and the 400-meter free (4:11.29). His time in the 400 free set both a pool record and when converted to yards set a school record in the 500-yard free (4:43.53). The previous mark was held by Mike Trow (4:45.13) which he set during the 2004-05 season. Also winning multiple events was freshman Colin Kelly (Perrysburg) who posted top-times in the 50-meter free (26.06 seconds) and 100-meter fly (1:04.93). Joining Morales and Kelly in the winner’s circle was freshman Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) in the 200-meter individual medley (2:26.37), freshman Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) in the 100-meter free (58.62 seconds) and sophmore Adam Warner (Norwalk) in the 100-meter back (1:06.34). The Terrier men also had a winning relay teamin the 800-meter free relay. Morales, Wegman, senior Bryan Christiansen (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) and Subda recorded a combined time of 8:16.53. The mark also set a Hiram pool record.
“Both teams had outstanding meets,” said veteran Head Coach Jack Groselle. “Both teams really came together and competed as a team in what had to be one of our best meets of the season.”
The Hiram swimming and diving teams return to the pool tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 19) when it hosts Wittenberg University in the North Coast Athletic Conference dual meet finale. It will be senior day with the first event beginning at1 p.m.