BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's and women's swimming teams have completed the 2013 portion of their 2013-14 and already, several student-athletes on the squad have punched their tickets to the 2014 NAIA National Championships by posting National Qualifying Marks in several events.
For the women's team, each Bulldog relay team (200, 400, and 800-free relay and 200 and 400-medley relay) has qualified for Nationals, hitting "A" cuts in each event.
Individually, several women's swimmers have qualified for Nationals in multiple events. Callie Harrigan has hit "A" cuts in five events (50, 100, and 200-free, 100 and 200-back), while Kasey McCormick has also automatically qualified for four events, (100 and 200-breast, 200 and 400-IM).
Junior Anna Kotliarova has also posted automatic qualifying times in four events (50, 100 and 200-free, 100-fly). Freshman Eliska Melicharova is also qualified for three events at Nationals (50-free, 100-back. 200-back), while posting a "B" cut in the 400-IM, and fellow freshman Kellianne Holck has "A" cuts in three events, as well (200, 500, 1650-free), while posting a "B: cut in the 100-free.
Rounding out the list for the women's team are seniors Tanya Eustrom and Kayla Yokley. Eustrom has automatically qualified 50 and 100-free, while Yokley has qualified for the 100-free and has a "B" cut in the 50-free.
On the men's side, just like the women's team, every Bulldogs relay team has already clinched a spot at Nationals. Individually, freshman Bradley Moore leads the team in cuts, automatically qualifying for four events at Nationals (200, 500 and 1650-free, 200-back).
Meanwhile, both Dalton Baxter and Jose Jesus Morales have automatically qualified for three events, apiece. Baxter has clinched spots in the 200, 500 and 1650-free, while Morales has "A" cuts in the 200-fly, and 200 and 400-IM. Morales also has a "B" cut in the 100-fly, while Baxter has a 'B' cut in the 200-back.
Rounding out the list for the men's team for automatic qualifiers is Vinicius Rossi, who has "A" cuts in the 100 and 200-breast, and Lucas Lucena, who has "A" cuts in the 100 and 200-back. Lucena also has a "B" cut in the 100-free. Meanwhile, Christopher Clark has posted an "A" cut in the 1650-free, Aaron Bean has a "B" cut in the 400-IM, Dustin Dyer has recorded a "B" cut in the 100-back and Rafael Bertholo has a "B" cut in the 50-free.
The Union College men's and women's swimming teams are idle for Holiday Break until Jan. 18, when they host Emory and Henry in a dual meet at the Stivers Center. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.