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Swimming - Fri, Feb. 15, 2013

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's swimming team sits in third place, while the women's team is in eighth after the second day of the 2013 Appalachian Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Stivers Aquatic Center.

Overall, Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) leads on both the men's (389 points) and women's (333 points) sides entering the final day of competition. Union's men's team has collected 243 points so far, while the women have garnered 113 points.

For the UC men, things got started on the night with the 200-free relay, where the Bulldogs finished sixth overall in a time of 1:26.95. The mark was the first of many NAIA National Qualifying times on the evening for the Bulldogs (an "A" cut).

On the individual end, Martino Cervera had a high finish in the 500-free, hitting the wall in 4:47.10 to place fifth (was an "A" cut), while Yan Rocha hit a "B" cut by finishing ninth in a time of 4:53.84. Next up in the 100-breast, Vinicius Rossi finished second, hitting the wall in 57.97 (an "A" cut). Luis Ambrosio didn't finish too far behind Rossi in the event, placing fourth in 58.00 (also an "A" cut).

After Cervera barely breaking a school record in the 200-back (1:57.77, an "A" cut) with a fifth place finish, Travis Strachan matched Rossi's finish in the 100-free, placing second in a time of 46.60, which once again just missed a school record, but was an "A" cut for Strachan.

The Bulldogs, however, saved their best for last on the evening. In the night's final event, the 800-free relay, UC cracked through and won their first event of the championships with a time of 7:00.81. The mark smashed a school-record (was previously 7:04.16), and was an "A" cut.

On the women's side, the Lady Bulldogs got things going with a fifth place finish (1:42.73) in the 200-free relay. The mark was easily an "A' cut for UC.

Individually, Kasey McCormick registered the highest finish on the day for the women's team, placing fourth in the 100-breast in 1:09.11 (an "A" cut). UC's second highest finish in a race was turned in by Lexus Thompson in the 200-IM, where she placed sixth in 2:16.91, which was another "A" cut for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs finished off their night with a seventh place finish in the 800-free relay, hitting the wall in 8:21.45, which was their final "A" cut of the evening.

The 2013 Appalachian Swimming & Diving Championships conclude tomorrow at the Stivers Center. Preliminary action gets underway at 9:30 a.m., while championship finals begin at 6 p.m.

 
 
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