Hiram College

GROVE CITY, PA.  —  The Hiram College men’s swimming and diving team finished fourth and the women were seventh following the final day of competition of the annual Grove City College Invitational today (Saturday, Dec. 5) in Grove City, Pa.  [FINAL Results]

The Terrier men totaled 548.5 points to place fourth overall of six teams.  Host school Grove City currently captured the team title with 1,164 points.  Misericordia (Pa.) University was second with 1,064.5 points and Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College rounded out the top three with 640 points.

The men were led on the final day of competition by seniors Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa), Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) and Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) who claimed individual titles in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard fly and the 100-yard freestyle.  Morales touched the wall first in the 100-yard fly (54.76 seconds) Wegman came in first in the 200-yard fly (1:58.39) and Subda was first in the 100-yard free (48.23 seconds).  Wegman also recorded a top-five finish in the 400-yard individual medley with a mark of 4:17.82 to place second overall and Subda touched the wall in fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.03).  Other top finishes included a third place finish by senior Colin Kelly (Perrysburg) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.05) in addition to placing second in the 1650-yard free (17:58.59).  Freshman Job Fields (Chillicothe) also competed in the 1650-yard free and placed sixth with a overall time of 18:36.21.  Freshman Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge) rounded out the top individual finishes with a top-ten time in the 200-yard breast (2:28.84).  In addition, the men had one winning relay in the 800-yard free relay.  Morales, Wegman, Kelly and Subda teamed up to post a combined time of 7:17.13 to take top honors.

The Hiram women finished the two-day competition with 62 points to place seventh of eight teams.  California University of Pennsylvania won the event with 883.5 points, followed by Washington & Jefferson in second with 716 points.  Lock Haven (Pa.) University rounded out the top three at 610.5 points.

The women were paced by junior Caitlin McCurley (Napa Valley, Calif./Granite Hills) who finished eighth in the 1650-yard free (19:52.08), 12th in the 400-yard IM (5:20.33) and 16th in the 200-yard breast (2:46.96).  Other top-20 finishes included junior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) who placed 15th in the 200-yard fly (2:33.27).  Jackie Steffes posted a mark of 1:11.40 in the 100-yard backstroke to place 19th.  Junior Becca Szanto (Bainbridge) swam a time of 2:12.62 in the 200-yard free and placed 20th overall.

The swimming and diving teams return to dual meet competition when the Terriers travel back to Grove City, Pa. where both teams will compete against Grove City College on Saturday, Dec. 11.  The women will also take on Chatham (Pa.) University.  The first event is scheduled for 1 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.