Swimming and diving falls to Asbury in season opener

Swimming and diving falls to Asbury in season opener

WILMORE, Ky.—The Transylvania University swimming and diving team fell in its first dual meet of the season on Saturday to host Asbury University. The men dropped the decision 73-118 while the women fell 80-122.

The Pioneer men picked up wins in the 1650 yard freestyle, 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke behind solid efforts from Taylor Petersen and Ed Freeman. Freeman picked scored two wins for the Pioneers, taking the 100 yard breast in a time of 1:04.89, beating teammate John Eipert who finished in second place in the event, and the 50 yard free in a time of 22.87.

Transylvania narrowly missed another event win in the 200 yard medley relay with a foursome of Sam Mullen, Freeman, Fernando Zarate and Cameron Brewer. The Pioneers surged late on the shoulders of Brewer, who charged hard during the last leg of the race and closed the gap but ultimately they were .35 seconds behind the Asbury team, posting a time of 1:42.42.

For the women, four wins paved the way, pacing the Pioneers. Julia Johnson started things off strongly for Transy, giving the team a 200 yard individual medley, posting a time of 2:19.56 to pick up nine points. Johnson continued her strong performance in the 100 yard backstroke, swimming the race in a time of 1:04.10 for another nine points. Morgan Cyrus also turned in a quality day, picking up a win in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:11.63.

The Pioneer women's fourth win of the day came in the 200 yard freestyle relay behind Kiali Jelinek, Anna Balassa, Maci Quisenberry and Kristen Cornish who came in at a time of 1:48.99, winning the event by almost a full second.

Hannah Jelinek picked up a win in the 1 meter diving event, posting a score of 123.55.

Transylvania will return to the pool on Friday in their first home meet of the season as they take on in-state rival Centre College at 6:00pm.