Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania swim and dive team opened up the home portion of its 2016-17 season with a Saturday afternoon dual meet, hosting the Asbury University Eagles at the William T. Young Center.
The Pioneers completed a grueling weekend, having competed the evening before at the home of another regional rival in the Centre Colonels, to host Asbury at their home base.
In the men's matchup, Asbury swam past Transy with a 148-35 win. The margin was tightly packed in the women's matchup, as Asbury staved off the Pioneers 107-94.
The afternoon featured a highlight performance from junior Kiali Jelinek, who captured victory in the women's 200 individual medley, placing first in 2:22.89; Jelinek's split time over the final 50 meters of 33.03 was the fastest of any of the five swimmers in the final, which helped her hold off freshman teammate Sarah Haerle for first place.
Jelinek followed up her win with a second-place finish in the women's 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:00.21.
The Transylvania men's team made its mark in the men's 100 yard freestyle, as junior Zachary Griffis and freshman Colton Kinzer posted a 1-2 finish in that race; Griffis was the first to hit home in 51.59 seconds, while Kinzer followed closely in 52.70 seconds.
Senior Morgan Cyrus won the day in the women's 200-yard breaststroke, as she took first in 2:36.67. Haerle grabbed another top-two finish by placing second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:38.38. Cyrus placed second in the 200-yard freestyle as she completed a strong day.
A competitive afternoon was punctuated by the decibel-inducing women's 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome of Elizabeth Davis, Kelsey Stevens, Haerle and Mattie Fogle fought neck-and-neck with Asbury's relay team. In a photo finish, Asbury's Lindsey Sauer beat out Fogle on the final stroke to give Asbury first place by just four-tenths of a second.
After completing its first weekend of competition, the Pioneers next return to the water on Saturday, October fifth as it visits Wittenberg and Wilmington for a tri-meet. That meet will commence at 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio.
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