The Hiram College swimming and diving teams were defeated by Allegheny College today (Saturday, Jan. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference dual meet in Meadville, Pa. The Terrier women were defeated, 126-102, and the men lost, 122-101. [Complete Meet Results]
With the losses, the Hiram women are 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the NCAC while the men drop to 2-4 overall and 1-2 NCAC.
Individually, the women had three event winners and also had a winning relay team. Senior All-NCAC swimmer Shelly Leshe (Palm City, Fla./Martin County) captured first place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:14.18. Junior Amy Kocka (Strongsville) took top honors in the 500-yard freestyle recording a time of 5:35.70. Senior Nora Plisga (Columbus/Whetstone) and freshman Kelsey Covell (Parma Heights/Valley Forge) finished second and third in the same event with times of 5:53.34 and 6:04.04 respectively. Rounding out the indvidual event winners for the women was junior Brittany Cowden (Copley) who won the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:38.99. FreshmenDreau Bowser (Delta/Wauseon) and Mackenzie Saywell (Kirtland) placed second and third in the event posting times of 2:44.54 and 2:52.86 respectively. In addition, freshman Jackie Steffes (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins), Leshe, Kocka and sophomore Katie Pierdomenico (Stow/Twinsburg) combined efforts to win the 400-yard freestyle relay recording a time of 3:52.30.
The men tallied six individual event winners including a pair of multiple winners in freshmen Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) and Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa). Wegman led the team with three first-place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:24.59), 200-yard butterfly (2:08.55) and 500-yard freestyle (5:03.54).Morales turned in top-time performances in two events that included the 400-yard individual medley (4:28.82) and 200-yard backstroke (2:08.38). Also recording a first place finish was freshman Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) in the 100-yard freestyle (49.49 seconds).
The Hiram swim teams will look to get back on track on Friday, Jan. 18 when it hosts John Carroll University in a non-conference dual meet at Alumni Memorial Pool. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.