The Hiram College swimming and diving teams concluded competition in the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Denison University in Granville. The Terrier women placed ninth and the men were 10th.
The women finished the championships with 296 points to place ninth of nine teams. Denison University captured the team title with 1,839 points. Kenyon was second with 1,805 points and DePauw (Ind.) University was third with 1,087 points.
Competing in the finals for the women was sophomore Rachel Patten (Castalia/Margaretta) in 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:37.60 and placed 16th overall. FreshmanEmily Kelly (North Royalton) competed in the same event with a mark of 19:30.32. Freshman Meredith Fitschen-Brown (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) and juniorSamantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) both swam in the 200-yard breaststroke and had times of 2:48.66 and 2:58.09 respectively. In addition, junior Rebecca Wright (New Carlisle/Northwestern Local), sophomores Megan McBratnie (Berkley, Mich./Berkley), Marian Bade (Macungie, Pa./The Perkiomen School) and junior Emily Anderson (Morgantown, W.Va./University) all swam in the 200-yard butterfly and recorded times of 2:37.70, 2:45.85, 2:46.29 and 2:56.08. Polmanteer also competed in the one-meter dive and finished with 197.05 points to place 12th overall. Joining her were Anderson and McBratnie who had point totals of 166.25 and 156.80.
On the men’s side, Hiram had 198 points to place 10th of 10 teams. Denison also won the men’s title to complete the sweep and had 1,898.5 points, while Kenyon was second at 1,851 points. DePauw rounded out the top three with 1,242.5 points.
Individually, senior Job Fields (Chillicothe), freshman Jordan Canevari (Vero Beach, Fla./St. Edward’s) and sophomore Chris Boardman (Westlake) all competed in the 1650-yard free. Fields recorded the top time amongst the three of 18:22.44. Canevari touched the wall in a time of 18:44.15 and Boardman had a mark of 19:36.25. Senior Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston) had the other top performance for the men in the 200-yard breast with a time of 2:18.50.