Pioneer women place 4th, men 5th in OAC Championships

Pioneer women place 4th, men 5th in OAC Championships

AKRON, Ohio—In yet another strong day at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, the Transylvania University men's and women's swimming and diving teams posted a number of impressive finishes, led by sophomore Morgan Cyrus, who was named OAC Swimmer of the Meet.

Cyrus, who was part of an all-conference relay team in the 200-yard medley relay and finished second with a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday, continued to give the Pioneers a boost on Saturday. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Cyrus shaved nearly a second off her 2:22.92 preliminary time in the finals en route to swimming a blistering 2:21.35. The time set the OAC meet record and gave Cyrus a strong chance at qualifying for the NCAA national tournament, with the B-cut set at 2:24.39.

Sophomore Meghan Taylor also gave the Pioneer women a boost by a 51.77 in the 100-yard freestyle finals, claiming her second OAC championship in the meet. Taylor was also part of the relay team that won the 200-yard medley. Her remarkable time in the 100-yard freestyle was more than a half second down from her preliminary time and gave her a B-cut qualification.

After winning the 400-yard individual medley earlier in the weekend, sophomore Julia Johnson captured another individual championship, swimming a 2:08.64 in the 200-yard butterfly final on Saturday. Her time narrowly missed the NCAA B-cut time of 2.08.59. The 20 points picked up in the win played a crucial part in the team standings. She also added a third place finish in the 200-yard backstroke event.

On the men's side, senior EJ Quijano posted an 8th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 2:14.58. Sophomore Taylor Petersen added a strong performance for the Pioneers, placing seventh in the 1650. Junior Sam Mullen stepped up significantly from his preliminary time of 1:57.48 in the 200-yard backstroke to post a time of 1:54.97 in the finals, good enough for third place. Freshman Ed Freeman added a time of 48.14 in the finals, shaving almost a full second off his preliminary time of 48.54 in the 100-yard freestyle, giving him an 8th place finish in the event.

The strong showing from the Pioneers was good enough for 4th place in the women's team results and 5th in the men's team competition. The OAC Championship meet was the final event of the season for Transylvania, but with several B-cut times, several Pioneers may continue onto NCAA nationals.