BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's and women's swimming teams had a very impressive weekend of action at the 2012 UC Winter Invitational, held at the Stivers Aquatic Center this past weekend.
In all, the men's team finished first in the invite out of seven squads, while the women's team placed second out of seven.
"It was a great way for us to end the semester and to celebrate Renata's Senior Day," said head coach Rafael Forti. "We had a great competitive atmosphere on deck, and witnessed several All-American caliber performances during these two days. This was definitely the fastest in-season meet I have been a part of in the past eight seasons.
"As for Renata, all I can say is that it has been a pleasure to work with her for the past 4 semesters," continued Forti. "Other great swimmers are arising in our program, but she will always have a special place in Union Swimming history: as the first female swimmer national champion, and the first national champion I coached."
Overall, Union College swimmers hit a record 41 NAIA Qualifying "A" Cuts on the weekend, and 14 "B" Cuts. The men's team also posted a banner weekend, breaking five school records, and six Stivers Aquatic Center marks. On the weekend, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs won 20 of the 38 events contested.
On the National Qualifying cut end, 14 "A" cuts were obtained for the first time on the season. For the men, Edward Malick had "A" cuts in three events, the 100-breast (58.58), 200-IM (1:56.72), and 200-breast (2:08.95). Malick also had a "B" cut in the 50-free, leading off the Bulldog 200-free relay team to a victory in that event, and broke a school-record with his time in the 200-IM.
Other cuts set by the men's team were notched by Luis Ambrosio, who had an "A" cut in the 100-breast (57.99) and a "B" cut in the prelims of the 100-fly (53.96), Cameron Brewer, who posted an "A" cut in the 200-back (1:59.00) and a "B" cut in the 100-back (55.90), and Jeffrey Snider, who had an "A" cut in the 100-free (48.59).
Meanwhile, Vinicius Rossi posted an "A" cut in the 200-breast (2:06.13), and broke school records in both the 50-breast (26.27) and 100-Breast (55.82) Yan Rocha posted the final "A" cut of note for the men, leading off the victorious 400-free relay team with a fast time in the 100-free portion of the event. Other top performances for the UC men were posted by Martino Cervera, with a "B" cut in the 100-back split of the 200-back, and Louis Glavinos Jr., who also had a "B" cut in the 100-fly (54.16).
The other individual performances of note were registered by Travis Strachan, who matched a school record mark in the 100-free (46.40), and set a new program record in the 100-fly (51.57).
The final new "A" cut by the men's team was notched in the 800-free relay, an event the Bulldogs won with a time of 7:06.15. The 400-free relay team also set a new school record with a time of 3:07.38.
For the women, Lexus Thompson posted an "A" cut in the 200-IM (2:17.20), and a "B" cut in the 200-back (2:16.31), while Kayla Yokley had an "A" cut in both the 100-free (56.17), and 50-free (25.71), and a "B" cut in the 200-free (2:05.56). Tanya Eustrom rounded out the top individual performances for the Lady Bulldogs, earning a "A" cut in the 50-free (25.93), and a "B" cut in the 200-free (2:03.80).
On the team relay end, the women's team hit their first national qualifying mark of the year in the 800-free relay, winning the event with an "A" cut time of 8:06.43.
The Union College swimming teams are now idle through the holidays, returning to action on Jan. 12, hosting West Virginia Tech and Bethel (Tenn.) at Stivers Aquatic Center. Action starts at 1 p.m.