The Hiram College swimming and diving teams completed the first full day of competition of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships today (Thursday, Feb. 16) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. [Championship Website]
After the first day of events, the Terrier women are currently in eighth place with 98 points. Denison University leads the team standings with 491 points and Kenyon College is second with 461 points. Wittenberg University rounds out the top-three teams with 250 points.
The women qualified for the finals in three events including the 50-yard freestyle 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay. Freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) recorded a time of 25.89 seconds in the 50-yard free to place 24th overall in the preliminaries and qualified for the finals round in the evening. She posted a finals time of 25.78 seconds and placed 23rd overall. The team of sophomore Jessica Gruden (Sagamore Hills/Western Reserve Academy), senior Becca Szanto (Bainbridge/Kenston), freshman Rebecca Wright (New Carlisle/Northwestern Local), and Buckley had a time of 1:47.79 in the prelims of the 200-yard free relay and then followed that up with a mark of 1:47.20 in the finals to place ninth overall. Buckley, freshman Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley), senior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) and Gruden recorded a qualifying mark of 4:25.93 in the morning session of the 400-yard medley relay. In the finals, the team of Buckley, senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley/Granite Hills), Dorschel and Szanto then posted a time of 4:23.39 in the finals to place ninth overall.
The Hiram men posted a team total of 83 points to place 10th overall of 10 teams. Denison leads the team standings with 498 points and Kenyon is second with 486 points. DePauw (Ind.) University rounds out the top three teams with 329 points.
Individually, the men did not have anyone advance to the finals on the opening day. Sophomore Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston) recorded the top overall effort in the 50-yard free with a mark of 22.72 seconds. Other finishes of note was sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe) in the 200-yard Individual Medley who recorded a time of 2:08.04.
The Hiram swim teams will continue the NCAC Championships tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 17) at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.