CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - The 2014 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships finally got underway on Friday afternoon at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, and both the Union College men's and women's swimming teams sit in fifth place overall.
Overall, the Union men's team was able to score 87 points on the first day of competition, as Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) leads with 161.5 total points. On the women's end, the Bulldogs notched 95 points, with Notre Dame (Ohio) in the lead after the first day with 159 points.
For the men, the Bulldogs kicked off the Championships with a sixth place finish in the 200-free relay, hitting the wall in an "A" cut time of 1:28.03. In the first individual event of the day, Bradley Moore just missed on a first place finish in the 500-free, placing second in 4:39.44 (an "A" cut). Not far behind Moore in the event was Dalton Baxter, who finished fifth in 4:49.68, also an "A" cut.
In the men's 200-IM, Jose Jesus Morales placed fourth, hitting the wall in 1:57.91 (an "A" cut), while in the 50-free, Diego Rios registered the best finish for Union, finishing in seventh in 21.70 (an "A" cut), rounding out the performances for the men's team in the first portion of competition.
On the women's side, Kellianne Holck started things off with a "B" cut in the 500-free, hitting the wall in 5:31.96 to finish 11th in the event. Next in the 200-IM, Eliska Melicharova (2:17.82) and Jule Stein (2:19.03) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, as both times were "B" cuts. Kasey McCormick also had a "B" cut in the event, placing 12th in 2:20.11.
Next in the 50-free, Callie Harrigan placed fourth, hitting the all in an "A" cut time of 24.54, while right behind in fifth was teammate Anna Kotliarova, who also posted an "A" cut in 24.76. Kayla Yokley (26.01) and Tanya Eustrom (26.18) also posted "B" cuts in the event, as well. The final event for the women's team was the 400-medley relay, where the Bulldogs placed third in 4:01.59 (an "A" cut), breaking a school-record in the event in the process.
The ASC Championships will conclude tomorrow and it will be a busy day for the Bulldogs. In the morning, seven events will be contested, followed by the evening session, in which the Championships will conclude with seven more events.
Fans are reminded that live results will be available throughout the day here.