Swimming and diving notches dominating wins in meet with Wittenberg and Wilmington

Swimming and diving notches dominating wins in meet with Wittenberg and Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Ohio—In their second meet in as many days, the Transylvania University swimming and diving teams  turned in several strong performances on Saturday in a combined meet with the Wilmington College Quakers and Wittenberg University Tigers,

Fernando Zarate picked up the first win of the day for the Pioneers, notching a 2:26.28 in the men's 200-meter butterfly, cruising to a victory by nearly three seconds. Julia Johnson added another win for Transy in the women's 200-meter backstroke, posting a time of 2:33.38, which was more than three seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Morgan Cyrus continued the Transylvania success, picking up yet another dominating win for the Pioneers in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. Cyrus, the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year, posted a time of 2:51.24 in the event, three seconds before Madeline Craft of Wittenberg could touch the wall in second place.

Cyrus and Kialia Jelinek gave the Pioneers a stranglehold on the 200-meter individual medley, taking first and second place in the event respectively. After the butterfly, Jelinek had a slight advantage over Cyrus, leading by .43 seconds, but Cyrus closed the gap in the second 50 meters and took the lead in the heat. Cyrus would put away her competition by posting the fastest time in both the breaststroke and freestyle legs of the event.

The Pioneers return to action on Friday, Nov. 13 in a home meet with Franklin College.