The Hiram College swimming and diving teams completed the first full day of events at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Kenyon College at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. [Championship Website]
The Terrier women currently stand in ninth place out of nine teams with 87 points. Kenyon leads the team standings after day one with 498 points. Denison University is a close second with 494 points and Wittenberg University rounds out the top three teams with 234 points.
The Hiram women had two relay teams compete in the finals in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. The team of sophomore Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic), senior Jessie Gruden (Sagamore Hills/Western Reserve), freshman Rachel Patten(Castalia/Margaretta) and sophomore Carly Daniels (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) posted a combined time of 1:45.21 in the 200-yard free relay. Gruden, sophomore Samantha Polmanteer(Berkley, Mich./Berkley), sophomore Megan Mcbratnie (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) and Daniels recorded a combined time of 4:33.35 in the 400-yard medley relay. The lone individual to compete in the finals was Patten who competed in the 500-yard free and swam a time of 5:31.43.
On the men’s side, Hiram is currently 10th of 10 teams with 90 points. Denison leads the overall men’s standings after day one with 560.5 points. Kenyon is second at 442 points and DePauw (Ind.) University is third with 299 points.
The men had one individual qualify for the finals in senior James DeGroff (Cuyahoga Falls) who swam in the 50-yard free and placed 11th overall with a finals time of 21.25 seconds bettering his preliminary qualifying mark by 21 hundredths of a second. The men also competed in both the 200-yard free and 400-yard medley relay finals. Junior Ryan Astalos(Bainbridge/Kenston), freshman Mark Stanke (Dover), freshman Danny Essel (Euclid) and DeGroff had a time of 1:29.25 in the 200-yard free relay. Junior Job Fields (Chillicothe), Astalos, freshman Chris Boardman (Westlake) and Stanke recorded a combined time of 3:51.98 in the 400-yard medley relay.
The Hiram swim teams will continue the NCAC Championships with the second day of competition tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 15) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The first event of the day is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.