Pioneers top Campbellsville on Senior Day

Pioneers top Campbellsville on Senior Day

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University men's and women's swimming and diving team topped Campbellsville University in Saturday's dual meet on Senior Day at the William T. Young Center. The women won with a score of 187-62, while the men won 172-35.

It was a great way to send off seniors Lydia Lissanu and E.J. Quijano in their final home meet, as the Pioneers started the meet with back-to-back wins in the 200-yard medley relay. The women's team of Julia Johnson, Morgan Cyrus, Kiali Jelinek and Meghan Taylor logged a time of 1:54.45 to earn the first points of the day. The momentum carried into men's 200-yard medley relay, as Sam Mullen, E.J. Quijano, Fernando Zarate and Edward Freeman raced to a time of 1:41.95 for another first-place finish.

Anna Balassa took second-place in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:35.57 before Cyrus tallied another first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle for the Pioneers.

Kristen Cornish's 1:08.03 led the way in the 100-yard backstroke, as Katelyn Meng and Melanie Peterson also earned points in the event. Jelinek and Johnson added first-place points in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard butterfly adding to Transylvania's point total.

Taylor posted her first of two first-place finished on the day with a 24.80 in the 50-yard freestyle. Cyrus and Elizabeth Davis took first and third-place, respectively in the 100-yard freestyle. Johnson, Taylor, Cornish swept the points in the 200-yard backstroke. Johnson's 2:15. 33 took first-place, as Taylor finished a mere .13 seconds off the lead.

Cyrus added another first-place time in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:32. 47 and Sarah Hernandez paced the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:31.00. Taylor, Johnson and Davis dominated the 100-yard butterfly, before Jelinek and Balassa added first and second-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley to solidify the win the women.

Grace Kobitter and Callie Anderson finished first and second in the 1 meter dive and Anderson finished first in the three meter dive.

The men's team posted a strong effort on their way to a 172-35 win. After taking the first event, the Pioneers took first-place in the next four events. Mullen and Zarate finished one-two in the 100-yard backstroke, as did Quijano and Cameron Brewer in the 100-yard breaststroke and the Pioneers never slowed down.

Taylor Petersen, Ty Alderman and Ian Wathen finished in order sweeping the points in the 200-yard freestyle.  Freeman, Alderman and Petersen also finished in order sweeping the 50-yard freestyle. Zarate and Taylor took first and second in the 200-yard butterfly to extend the men's lead with only seven events remaining.

The trio of Brewer, Alderman and Wathen also swept the 100-yard freestyle, before Zarate's first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Quijano earned first-place points in the 200-yard breaststroke, Mullen nabbed a second-place finish.

Quijano, Taylor and Brewer took all the points in the 100-yard butterfly as Quijano led the way with a time of 55.06. Mullen, Taylor and Freeman did the same in the 200-yard individual medley led by Mullen's 2:07.31. Brewer, Wathen, Alderman and Petersen did not let up in the final event of the meet taking first-place with a 1:36.40 in the 200-yard freestyle.

The Pioneers racked up 27 first-place finishes in the final home meet of the season. Transylvania will travel to Akron, Ohio for the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Feb. 19.