The Hiram College swimming and diving teams wrapped up the second day of competition of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships today (Friday, Feb. 17) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. [Championship Website]
After the second day of events, the Terrier women are currently in ninth place with 148 points. Denison University leads the team standings with 1,093 points and Kenyon College is second with 1,028 points. The College of Wooster rounds out the top-three teams with 616 points.
The women qualified for the finals in three events including the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke. Senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley/Granite Hills) posted a mark of 5:09.92 in the 400-yard IM to qualify for the finals where she swam a time of 5:03.51 and placed 21st overall. Freshman Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) completed the 100-yard breast event in a time of 1:17.50 in the morning prelims and followed that up with a 1:15.65 showing in the finals to finish 24th. Freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) had a qualifying time of 1:04.27 in the 100-yard back and had a time of 1:03.92 in the finals to place 20th. The women also competed in the finals of the 800-yard free relay. The team of Buckley, senior Becca Szanto (Bainbridge/Kenston), senior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) and McCurley had a combined time of 8:46.81 and placed ninth.
The Hiram men currently have a team total of 142 points to place 10th overall of 10 teams. Denison leads the team standings with 1,205 points and Kenyon is second with 1,087 points. DePauw (Ind.) University rounds out the top-three teams with 673 points.
Individually, the men qualified for the finals in two events in the 400-yard IM and the 100-yard breast. Sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe) had a qualifying time in the 400-yard IM (4:31.90) in the morning session and recorded a mark of 4:32.52 in the finals to place 24th overall. Fellow sophomore Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/ Kenston) swam a time of 1:01.90 in the 100-yard breast to advance to the finals where he had a time of 1:03.16 and finished 24th. The men also competed in the finals of the 200-yard medley relay. Also in the finals, freshman Kyle Meggas (Lakewood) competed in the 200-yard free and posted a mark of 1:54.35 to place 24th overall. The team of junior Carlos Pardo (Davie, Fla./Hollywood Hills), Astalos, Fields and Meggas had an overall combined time of 1:54.00 to place ninth overall.
The 2012 NCAC Championships will conclude tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 18) with the final day of events at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.