NAIA
NAIA
Swimming - Sun, Feb. 9, 2014
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's and women's swimming team ended their 2013-14 regular season in style on Sunday afternoon, as both teams swept past King (Tenn.) and Bethel (Tenn.) in a double-dual meet at the Stivers Aquatic Center.

Overall, the Union men's steam bested King, 148-48 and Bethel, 150-22, while the women's team blew past King, 129-55 and Bethel, 147-21.

Before the meet, the Union swim programs honored five seniors - Rafael Bertholo, Vinicius Rossi, Kasey McCormick, Tanya Eustrom and Kayla Yokley - for their contributions to the program.

"Senior Day is always a special day," said head coach Rafael Forti. "We have a special group of seniors this year, they have taken our program to new heights in their careers. We are thankful for them, and as we enter postseason, we hope they can end their careers on a high note.

"As for the meet itself, our team stepped up and swam hard. I was pleased to see that. Now is the time of the year to get excited as we get ready for Conference this week."

Overall, the Bulldogs won 20 of the 22 events contested on the afternoon in a dominating performance. Individually, Union hit 18 NAIA National Championships qualifying cuts on the day, as well.

Some individual results of note for the women were registered by McCormick, who posted an "A" cut in the 100-breast (1:09.37) and a "B" cut in the 100-free (56.64), Kellianne Holck, who had a "B" cut in the 500-free (5:34.27), and Jule Stein, who registered a "B" cut in the 100-breast (1:11.47). Also, both Union relay teams dominated in obtaining "A" cuts, as the 200-medley (1:53.65) and 400-free (3:47.91) relay teams easily won their respective events.

For the men, Bradley Moore posted an "A" cut in the 500-free (4:51.73) and a "B" cut in the 200-free (1:49.90), while Diego Rios posted "B" cuts in both the 100-free (48.98) and 50-free (22.14). Similar to the women's team, the men's team was just as dominant in their portion of relay events, winning the 200-medley relay in 1:40.07 and the 400-free relay in 3:22.12.

The Union College men's and women's swimming teams return to action on Thursday, beginning competition at the 2014 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christiansburg, Va. The event runs through Saturday evening.