BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's swimming team finished fourth overall, while the women's team placed eighth, as the 2013 Appalachian Swimming & Diving Championships wrapped up Saturday evening at the Stivers Aquatic Center.
Overall, Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) rolled to the men's conference title, collecting 701 points in the event. On the women's end, Notre Dame (Ohio) posted a come-from-behind victory, rallying past Wheeling Jesuit by four points (558-554) to take the ASC title.
"The meet went well for us I thought," said head coach Rafael Forti. "I'm happy with how we performed against some strong competition, we improved our seeding for Nationals in several events, and we got some more Qualifying Cuts. We had a great atmosphere inside the Stivers Center, and had great turnout from the fans the entire meet, as well."
Things kicked off on the night with the 200-medley relay, where the UC women's team had an impressive third place finish (in 1:52.20), while the men's squad placed fourth in 1:36.11. Both times were NAIA National Qualifying "A" cuts for the teams.
Individually for the men, Travis Strachan registered the first performance of note on the evening for the Bulldogs, placing fourth in 21.68 (an "A" cut), while Luis Ambrosio finished seventh in the 200-breast after hitting the wall in 2:12.29 (also an "A" cut).
Next up in the 100-back, Louis Glavinos Jr. just missed out on medalist honors with a fourth place finish (53.47, an "A" cut), which was followed up by another fourth place finish in the 200-free by Martino Cervera, who finished in 1:44.95 (also an "A" cut). In the last final for the Bulldog individuals, Strachan was sixth in the 100-fly in 52.57 (an "A" cut).
The final event of the championships for the men was the 400-free relay, where the Bulldogs earned a medal with a third place finish, hitting the wall in 3:09.68, marking the final "A" cut for the Bulldogs in the meet..
On the women's end, Kasey McCormick had the highest finish of the night on both teams, placing second in the 200-breast in a time of 2:29.25. McCormick's time was a new program record (breaking her own record of 2:33.26) and was an "A" cut. In the other women's event of note on the night, Tanya Eustrom was sixth in the finals of the 50-free (25.33, an "A" cut),
In their final event of the Championships, the 400-free relay, the Lady Bulldogs placed sixth in 3:44.90 to record their final "A" cut of the championships.
The Union College men's and women's swimming teams return to action in a few weeks, when they take part in the 2013 NAIA National Swimming & Diving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. Action begins Feb. 27.