CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - The Union College women's swimming team slid up to fourth place overall, while the men's team remained in fifth after the first session of the final day of the 2014 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
This morning's events were originally supposed to be contested on Friday evening, but due to a winter storm, the format of the Championships was changed.
Overall, the Union women's team has collected 231 points entering tonight's final session, as Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) took over the top spot with 360 points. For the men, the Bulldogs have 253 points and also trail Wheeling Jesuit, who has 387 points.
On the women's side, junior Callie Harrigan led the Bulldogs in the first session of the day, capturing the first event for the program at the ASC Championships by winning the 200-free in a time of 1:56.08. Harrigan's time was an NAIA National Championships Qualifying "A" cut, as well.
Elsewhere for the women, Union got the morning started by posting a sixth place finish in the 200-medley relay, posting an "A" cut time of 1:56.02. Next in the 100-fly, Anna Kotliarova was fourth, hitting the wall in 1:00.87 (an "A" cut), while in the 200-free, Kellianne Holck posted a "B" cut with a time of 2:03.55 to place 10th.
In the 100-breast, freshman Jule Stein finished third, hitting the wall in an "A" cut time of 1:08.45, while in the 100-back, Eliska Melicharova was fifth in 1:00.47 (also an "A" cut). In the final event of the morning for the women, the Bulldogs posted an impressive third place finish in the 800-free relay (8:09.27, an "A" cut).
For the men's team, Union started with a fifth place finish in their portion of the 200-medley relay, finishing in 1:37.72 (an "A" cut). The first individual event of the morning for the Bulldogs was the 400-IM, and freshman Jose Jesus Morales placed third, hitting the wall in 4:12.97 (an "A" cut). In the same event, Aaron Bean posted a "B" cut, finishing ninth with a time of 4:25.85.
Next in the 100-fly, Dustin Dyer recorded a "B" cut, finishing seventh in 53.76. The men's half of the 200-free was successful for the Bulldogs, as Bradley Moore placed fourth in 1:44.65, Diego Rios was sixth in 1:46.57, and Dalton Baxter was 12th in 1:47.52. All three times were "A" cuts for Union.
In the 100-breast, Vinicius Rossi placed eighth in an "A" cut time of 59.57, while in the final individual event of the morning, Dyer notched an "A" cut in the 100-back, finishing in 53.60 to place sixth. The final event of the morning session was the men's 800-free relay and Union finished third overall, hitting the wall in an "A" cut time of 7:04.23.
The final session of the Championships is still scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. this evening. Fans are reminded that live results will be available throughout the day at this link: http://swimmeet.christiansburg.org/