Lexington, Ky. – Senior Morgan Cyrus posted a second-place finish in the women's 200-yard breaststroke finals to cap off a memorable weekend for the Transylvania swimming and diving team at the fourth annual Transylvania Invitational at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on Sunday evening.
The two-day, eight-team showcase at the University of Kentucky's campus aquatic facility highlighted schools from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and beyond as Division III programs flocked to Lexington for a busy weekend.
As the Pioneers battled for points in primetime, it was the senior Cyrus who led the charge. Cyrus pushed first-place finisher Michaela Nolte out of Emory & Henry with a 2:26.49 second finish. Freshman Sarah Haerle took sixth in the race with a 2:31.77 finish for one of Transylvania's strongest finishes in the final evening session.
On the men's side, freshman Kellen Casey qualified for the men's 200 breaststroke final and placed fifth in a time of 2:14.98 to lead the way for the Pioneers men.
Junior Kiali Jelinek performed well in her hometown weekend-long meet, taking a sixth-place finish in the women's 100 butterfly, clocking in at 1:02.51 seconds. Junior Elizabeth Lewis advanced to the consolation final of the event and displayed a top-5 finish for Transylvania.
Representing the Pioneers in the women's 200 freestyle was sophomore Maci Quisenberry, who took a seventh-place finish in 2:03.59 in one of the more intense races of the night.
In relay action, the Pioneers women's A-team of sophomore Brittany Alley, Cyrus, Jelinek, and Quisenberry took a sixth-finish in the 400 freestyle relay, touching the wall in 3:49.86. Jelinek was the third component of the relay and posted a 57.17 second time, the fastest time of her four Pioneers peers.
The Transylvania men and women both placed sixth in their respective fields for the weekend.
After completing their annual macro-facility extravaganza, the Pioneers will break for the holiday season before starting off the new year with a tri-meet featuring Wittenberg and Allegheny in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That meet is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 4 as the Pioneers head south.
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