Three men’s school records were broken as the Hiram College swimming and diving teams completed the second day of competition at the 2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships today (Friday, Feb. 15) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. [Complete Day Two Results] [Wittenberg Championship Web Site]
The Hiram women remained in eighth place after the second day with 309 points. Kenyon College leads the overall team standings by just one point (1,099) over Denison University (1,098). Rounding out the top-three is the College of Wooster with 545.5 points.
The Terrier women had a host of top-20 performances and were led by senior All-NCAC swimmer Shelly Leshe (Palm City, Fla./Martin County) who recorded an eighth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly touching the wall in a time of 1:00.24. Sophomore Gillian Millwood (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) finished 14th in the same event with a time of 1:01.58. Junior Amy Kocka (Strongsville) tallied a 13th place finish in the 400-yard individual medley recording a time of 4:58.19. Other top-20 performances for the women included freshman Jackie Steffes (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) and freshman Emily Zimmerman (Wauseon) who placed 17th and 20th in the 200-yard freestyle with times of 2:01.06 and 2:02.45 respectively. Junior Brittany Cowden (Copley) placed 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.87) followed by freshman Dreau Bowser (Delta/Wauseon) who placed 18th in the same event (1:14.48). Freshman Ashlynn Krohn (Wauseon) recorded a 16th place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.51). The women also had a pair of relay teams place in the top-eight. The team of Krohn, Bowser, Leshe and Steffes posted a time of 1:55.01 in the 200-yard medley relay to place seventh overall. Sophomore Katie Pierdomenico (Stow/Twinsburg), Leshe, Kocka and Zimmerman combined efforts in the 800-yard freestyle relay to place seventh overall in a time of 8:17.87.
The Hiram men dropped one spot to eighth in the team standings with a two-day total 285 points. Denison continues to lead with a total of 1,156 points followed by Kenyon with 1,126 points. Wabash (Ind.) College is in third place with 748 points.
The top individual performance of the day for the men was turned in by freshman Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) who placed ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke recording a time of 59.53 seconds setting the first of three school records broken. The previous record was held by Jason Groselle with a time of 59.59 seconds which he set during the 2002-03 season. Sophomore Adam Warner (Norwalk) also recorded a top-20 time in the same event by finishing 17th in a time of 1:01.56. Freshman Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa) placed 12th in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:17.13. Earlier in the day, Morales recorded a time of 4:15.42 in the prelims in the same event, breaking his own school record which he set earlier this season recording a time of 4:16.59 at Grove (Pa.) City. Freshman Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) completed the 100-yard butterfly in 20th place touching the wall in a time of 54.29 seconds. Rounding out the top performances of the day was senior Bryan Christiansen (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) in the 200-yard freestyle recording a time of 1:50.25 and finishing 19th overall. The men also had two top-eight relay teams. The final men’s record to fall was in the 800-yard freestyle relay with the team of Morales, Wegman, Christiansen and Subda posting a time of 7:06.65 to place fourth overall. The mark shattered the previous record of 7:13.90, which was set during the 2002-03 season, by over seven seconds. Earlier in the day, Christiansen, Warner, Wegman and freshman Colin Kelly (Perrysburg) tallied a seventh place finish in the 200-yard medley relay recording a time of 1:40.60.
The Hiram swim teams will conclude the 2008 NCAC Championships tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 16) with the final day of competition at the Branin Natatorium in Canton. The first event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.