The Hiram College swimming and diving teams completed the first day of competition at the 2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships today (Thursday, Feb. 14) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. [First Day Results] [Wittenberg Championship Web Site]
After the first day of competition, the Terrier women are currently in eighth place with 115 points. Kenyon College leads in the overall team standings with 539 points followed by Denison University in second with 495 points. Rounding out the top three is Allegheny (Pa.) College with 264.5 points.
Senior All-NCAC swimmer Shelly Leshe (Palm City, Fla./Martin County) turned in the top individual performance for the women with a 13th place finish in the 200-yard individual medley touching the wall in a time of 2:15.50. The Terriers also had a pair of relay teams finish in the top eight. Freshman Jackie Steffes (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins), sophomore Gillian Millwood (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College), sophomore Katie Pierdomenico (Stow/Twinsburg) and junior Amy Kocka (Strongsville) teamed up to finish sixth in the 200-yard freestyle recording a time of 1:42.86. The team of freshman Ashlynn Krohn (Wauseon), junior Brittany Cowden (Copley), Leshe and Steffesplaced sixth in the 400-yard medley relay posting a time of 4:17.37.
The Hiram men ended the day with 122 points to place seventh. Denison leads the overall team standings with 557 points. Kenyon is second with 452 points and Wabash (Ind.) College rounds out the top three with 304 points.
Individually, the Terrier men had three swimmers place in the top-20. Freshman Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) finished in 15th place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.83. Freshman Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa)tallied a 15th place finish in the 200-yard IM recording a time of 1:59.57. Freshman Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) placed 19th in the 50-yard freestyle posting a time of 22.12 seconds. The men also had two relay teams finish in the top-eight. Morales, freshman Colin Kelly (Perrysburg), sophomore Adam Warner (Norwalk) and Subda combined efforts in the 200-yard free relay recording a time of 1:29.00 and finishing seventh overall. The combination of Morales, Subda, Wegman and Kelly also placed seventh in the 400-yard medley relay posting a time of 3:39.28.
The Hiram swim teams resume the 2008 NCAC Championships tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 15) with the second day of competition. The first event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Branin Natatorium in Canton.