WILMORE, Ky. The Union College mens swimming team posted a total of 11 NAIA National Championship Meet qualifying marks en route to a third-place finish over the weekend at the Asbury College Invitational.
Freshman Colin McEachran (Blenheim, Canada) recorded three Union records and a pair of B cuts at the invitational. The B cuts came in the 1,650-yard and 500 freestyle events. He finished the 1,650 at the 18 minutes and 46.43 second mark while he recorded a time of 5:12.18 in the 500 freestyle. His other school record was in the 400 individual medley relay with a 5:01.46.
Michael Viscardi (Marietta, Ga.) recorded a total of three qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and 200 individual medley. Viscardi, a freshman, posted a pair of A cuts in the breaststroke events. The first came in the 100 with a time of 1:03.77 with a 2:21.67 in the 200. His 200 individual medley time of two minutes and 10.68 seconds was a Bcut and new school record.
Senior Adam Woodard (Hopkinsville, Ky.) also collected two B cuts in the 50 and 100 freestyle races with a school record in the 200 backstroke. Woodward swam to a time of 23.62 seconds in the 50 followed by a 51.77 in the 100. He lowered the Union record to 2:29.94 in the 200 backstroke.
Jeremiah Back (Flatgap, Ky.) and Karl Smith (Lexington, Ky.) joined Viscardi and Woodward for an A cut in the 200 freestyle relay. The group posted a time of 1:35.71. The quartet of McEachran, Viscard, Smith and Woodward also added another A cut in the 200 medley relay with a 1:48.99.
Another record fell in the 400 medley relay as the time was 4:01.71 by the group of McEachran, Viscardi, Back and Woodward.
Union was third in the team standings, behind University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), the meet champion, and second-place Asbury.
I am extremely happy with how hard we swam on both days. A two-day invitational meet, with preliminaries and finals has a very exhausting meet schedule, said head coach Rafael Forti. Our swimmers showed a lot of energy on both days despite of how tired they were by the end of it.
The next meet for the Bulldogs is the Centre College Invitational from Jan. 11-12.
For a complete listing of the results, click here.