Pioneers land two conference champions and take down three school records on first day of OAC Championships

Pioneers land two conference champions and take down three school records on first day of OAC Championships

AKRON, Ohio- The Transylvania University men's and women's swimming and diving teams landed two conference champions while breaking three school records on the opening day of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships Thursday at the Oliver J. Ocasek Natatorium.

The Pioneers wasted no time as the 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Kristen Cornish, sophomore Morgan Cyrus, freshman Kiali Jelinek and sophomore Megan Taylor shaved more than a second off their best time of the season with a time of 1:38.32 for a second-place finish. The time took down a previous school record of 1:39.02 set in 2014.

Cyrus kept the pace into the 200-yard individual medley posting a 2:08.93 to earn first-place in the event. Cyrus' time topped the school record books in the event breaking a time of 2:09.79 (2013). Taylor's strong provisional B-cut time of 23.34 in the 50-yard freestyle gave the Pioneers their third newest school record for the day. Taylor also held the previous school record in the event (23.89).

Cornish, Cyrus, Jelinek and Taylor narrowly missed the first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay finishing with a time of 4:00.57 and shattered the team's seed time of 4:08.64 prior to the event.

The Pioneers also racked up points in the men's 400-yard medley relay, as junior Sam Mullen, senior E.J. Quijano, sophomore Fernando Zarate and junior Cameron Brewer logged a 3:34.53 to take third place in the event.

Junior Edward Freeman, along with Brewer, Mullen and Zarate posted a 1:27.44 in the 200-yard freestyle relay erasing more than four seconds off their seed time. The Pioneers added points in the 200-yard individual medley with solid times from Zarate and Quijano and with Freeman's 21.97 in the 50-yard freestyle.

After the first day of competition, the women are in fourth place, as Mount Union, John Carroll and Ohio Northern hold the top three spots. On the men's side, the Pioneers are currently fifth and more than capable of climbing the standings.

The championship event includes seven teams, including Transylvania, who compete within the OAC including: Baldwin Wallace University, John Carroll University, University of Mount Union, Ohio Northern University, Wilmington College and host, Defiance College.  

The three-day event continues through Saturday and live results can be found here. Friday's action begins at 10 a.m.