Akron, OH. – Transylvania's swimming and diving team rounded up their team season at the Ohio Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships in style at the Ocasek Natatorium on Saturday.
Participating alongside Manchester, Ohio Northern, Baldwin-Wallace, Wilmington, Mount Union, and host John Carroll, Transylvania posted a collection of noteworthy championship performances over the three-day championship session held on the campus of the University of Akron.
Julia Johnson led the charge for Transylvania during the championships, finishing the final day of competition with a first place finish in the women's 200 butterfly finals.
Junior Morgan Cyrus led off Day One of the championships with a third place showing in the championship heat of the 200 individual medley, completing the race in a time of 2:09.31 s. Another highlight from Day One in team action were the 400 medley relay team composed of Julia Johnson, Cyrus, Elizabeth Davis, and Kiali Jelinek taking fourth in the event in a time of 4:04.01 s.
The same four women initiated Day Two with another fourth place showing, this time in the 200 medley relay. The Pioneers relay team finished the finals with a time of 1:50.97 s. The men's team of Sam Mullen, Edward Freeman, Fernando Zarate, and Cameron Brewer matched the women in the 200 medley relay event, placing fourth with a time of 1:37.49 s.
One of the enduring moments of the entire three day saga took place in the women's 100 butterfly during Friday's action: Johnson attained second place with a time of 57.73 in the final heat, setting the stage for her final day victory in the 200 butterfly.
Sam Mullen swam fiercely on the men's side in Day Two, placing seventh in the finals of the men's 100 yard butterfly.
Cyrus continued a busy weekend in Day Two with a second place finish in the women's 100 breaststroke finals, finishing in 1:06.04 s to maintain her week of top-3 finishes. On the men's side, Freeman was the top performer in the men's version of the 100 yard breastroke, taking 7 points for the Pioneers men with a 1:00.32 s showing in the finals.
For the third and final day of the championships, the Pioneers broke out a number of season-defining performances. Senior Anna Balassa took to the water for one of the final times in her career in the women's mile, finishing in a time of 18:50.23 to finish 8th overall in the finals.
Johnson displayed a strong showing in the women's 200 backstroke finals, finishing second in a time of 2:05.94, her personal best in the event.
Cyrus went to work again on the final day, this time in the 200 breaststroke: Cyrus accelerated to a second place finish in 2:24.03 s.
As the championships winded down, Johnson saved her best for last in the 200 butterfly finals. Finishing the race in 2:06.93 s, Johnson closed the door on a magical junior season with a win in the event. Fellow relay partner Davis finished seventh in the event to make Transylvania's indentation on the weekend-long proceedings in Akron.
The final day of championships was also a time for the diving side to shine; Olivia Brazelton led the way as the freshman took sixth place in the 1 meter final, posting a personal best score of 284.70 in 11 dives.
The men displayed of one their finest performances on the final day in the 400 freestyle relay: led by Brewer, Zarate, Mullen, and Freeman, the men posted a fifth place finish in the event in 3:17.32 s.
The championships cap off a promising first season under head coach Keaton Koukis, who recently had her interim tag removed and becomes the leader of an emerging Pioneers swimming and diving program.
The Transylvania men displayed a sixth-place showing at the championships, while the Transylvania women placed fifth overall.
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