Springfield, Ohio – The Transylvania swim and dive team journeyed to the campus of Wittenberg University to engage in a Saturday afternoon tri-meet against The Wittenberg University Tigers and the Wilmington College Quakers.
The Transylvania men's team came through with three individual wins on Saturday, while the women's team posted a collection of top-three finishes in multiple events to mark a strong statement in the third meet of the season for both sides.
Senior Fernando Zarate was the ringleader for the Transylvania men's team, clinching wins in the men's 200 and 100 yard butterfly events. Zarate's first victory of the afternoon came in the 12th event of a 32-event meet in the 200 butterfly, finishing in 2:07.95 to edge out second-place Andrew Haga from Wilmington.
Zarate added to those successes with a win of more than one second against Haga in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 56.38.
Freshman Kellen Casey picked up the first win of his career in the 200 breaststroke, finishing nearly a second and a half ahead of the rest of the field with a 2:19.94 finish.
The Transylvania women's team picked up a victory against Wilmington in the tri-match format with a 170-84 win and fell to host Wittenberg 197-82. The Transy men took a 162-61 defeat to Wilmington while falling to Wittenberg, 149-52.
The Pioneers women's team put together a high volume of consistent performances to bolster its way to a victory against Wilmington. Sophomore Maci Quisenberry made waves in the women's 200 backstroke with a second-place finish in 2:25.04, while freshman Kelsey Stevens joined Quisenberry in the top-three as she finished in 2:27.28.
Senior Morgan Cyrus came up with a pair of second-place finishes in the women's 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Cyrus touched the wall in 1:11.12 in the 100 series, while freshman Sarah Haerle placed third in 1:13.86. Both swimmers replicated the order of finish in the 200, with Cyrus finishing in 2:35.12 and Haerle taking third in 2:39.66.
Adding to the Pioneers' winning efforts against Wilmington were juniors Kiali Jelinek and Elizabeth Davis, who finished second and third, respectively in the women's 100 butterfly. Jelinek's second-place finish came in 1:05.63.
The Pioneers return to the pool next Friday, November 11 when they visit Franklin College for a dual meet. That meet is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start.
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