Lexington, Ky. – The night belonged to the seniors on the Transylvania swimming and diving team on the deck in pregame ceremonies and then in the pool as the Pioneers hosted the Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders on Saturday night at the William T. Young Center.
Initiating their final home meet, the Pioneers paid tribute to women's swimmers Morgan Cyrus, Elizabeth Davis, Julia Johnson, and Katelyn Meng, along with men's swimmer Fernando Zarate for their exceptional careers with the Pioneers program. Following a 15-minute ceremony, the Pioneers took on the Lindsey Wilson squad for a 26-event dual meet.
It was Johnson who led the charge for the Pioneers on Saturday night, taking a first-place win in the women's 100-yard butterfly. The win capped off a memorable night for Johnson and the Pioneers, who fielded one of their best collective performances in the event.
The 100 butterfly event also yielded success for junior Elizabeth Lewis and senior Elizabeth Davis, who posted second and third-place finishes, respectively.
Johnson capped off her senior night as part of the women's 200 freestyle relay event, teaming up with Davis, freshman Mattie Fogle, and sophomore Brittany Alley for a second-place finish.
Other senior top performances included Cyrus, who picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the women's 50-yard freestyle and women's 100-yard breaststroke, and Zarate, who placed second in the men's 100-yard backstroke.
Sophomore Maci Quisenberry also posted a first-place finish in the women's 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:07.21 seconds. Quisenberry and Cyrus teamed up with junior Kiali Jelinek and freshman Sarah Haerle for a second-place showing in the women's 200-yard medley relay.
After completing their final home meet of the season, the Pioneers will take to the road for the upcoming month before competing at the Ohio Athletic Conference championships on February 16.
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