The Hiram College swimming and diving teams concluded the final day of competition of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships today (Saturday, Feb. 18) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. [Championship Website]
The Terrier women finished in ninth place with 216 points. Denison University captured the team title with 1,611 points and Kenyon College was second with 1,581 points. The College of Wooster rounded out the top-three teams with 947 points.
The women qualified for the finals in two events on the final day that included the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard butterfly. Freshmen Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) and Marisa Celeste (Rocky River/Gilmour Academy) both qualified for the finals in the 200-yard breast with times of 2:50.78 and 3:13.57 respectively. Polmanteer went on to post a mark of 2:47.85 in the finals to place 21st, while Celeste swam a time of 3:11.07 and was 24th. Senior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) had a qualifying time of 2:23.96 in the 200-yard fly and followed that up with a 2:27.46 effort in the finals to finish 24th overall. The women also competed in the finals of the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Polmanteer, senior Becca Szanto (Bainbridge/Kenston), sophomore Jessica Gruden (Sagamore Hills/Western Reserve Academy) and freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) posted a time of 3:58.48 to place ninth.
The Hiram men posted a team total of 190 points to place 10th overall of 10 teams. Denison completed the championship sweep with a winning total of 1,665 points and Kenyon was second with 1,546 points. DePauw (Ind.) University rounded out the top-three teams with 987 points.
Individually, the men qualified for the finals in one event in the 200-yard breast. Sophomore Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/ Kenston) posted a qualifying time of 2:19.07 in the 200-yard breast in the morning session and went on to record a time of 2:17.58 in the finals to place 19th overall. The men also competed in the finals of the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Astalos, freshman Kyle Meggas (Lakewood), sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe) and junior Carlos Pardo (Davie, Fla./Hollywood Hills) had a time of 3:39.54 and finished ninth overall.