Cyrus sets new standard for Transylvania swimming and diving at OAC Championships

Cyrus sets new standard for Transylvania swimming and diving at OAC Championships

Akron, Ohio – Completing her career at the top of the conference and into the record books, senior Morgan Cyrus wrapped up a marvelous three days for herself and the Transylvania swimming and diving team at the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Ocasek Natatorium.

After a consistent three-day stretch of performances in which more often than not the senior appeared at the top of the results, Cyrus was named the OAC Co-Women's Swimmer of the Year to cap off a tremendous championships and a standout career at Transylvania.

Cyrus's exploits began on Day 1 of the championships, when she took first place in the women's 200-yard individual medley event, winning over the field in 2:09.87. On Day 2, Cyrus made waves in early events as she not only won the women's 100 breaststroke, but set a new record in the process with a time of 1:05.11. The previous record in the event also belonged to Cyrus.   

She topped off her week with another record-setting performance, this time in the women's 200 breaststroke. Cyrus established a new OAC record with a time of 2:21.30. Cyrus also participated in a slew of relay events, including the women's 400 medley relay, the women's 800 medley relay, and the women's 200 freestyle relay.

Other top performers from the week included junior Kiali Jelinek, who recorded a seventh-place finish in the women's 200 IM with a 2:16.61 time in the finals, and another seventh-place showing in the women's 100 butterfly. The junior took a third-place finish in the B-final of the women's 100 free.

On the men's side, senior Fernando Zarate completed his career with a third-place finish in the men's B-final of the 200 IM. Zarate touched the wall in 1:59.74. Zarate also placed eighth in the men's 200 backstroke final in 2:00.08, and picked up an eighth-place finish in the men's 200 backstroke final.

The championships also offered a chance for underclassmen to make their mark. Freshman Sarah Haerle had a productive outing in her first trip to the OAC Championships; Haerle placed sixth in the women's 200 breaststroke, completing her race in 2:28.13, a lifetime-best time for her, and finished seventh in the women's 100 breaststroke.

Freshman Kellen Casey grabbed a seventh-place finish in the men's 200 breaststroke final and an eighth-place finish in the men's 100 breaststroke final.

Another Pioneer who wrapped up her career this week was Julia Johnson. The senior put the finishing touches on a solid career with a third-place finish in the women's 200 butterfly, completing her race in 2:12.12. Johnson also claimed first in the women's 100 butterfly B-final.

The championships marked the end of the 2017 season for the Pioneers swimming and diving team, whose men's team claimed sixth place, and the women finished fifth. Cyrus's trifecta stands out as one of the notable individual performances of this year's edition.

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