Swimming and diving posts strong showing in day one of Transylvania Invitational

Swimming and diving posts strong showing in day one of Transylvania Invitational

LEXINGTON, Ky.—After one day at the third annual Transylvania Invitational, the Transylvania University women's team sits in fifth place with 182 points while the men's team finds itself sitting in sixth place with 127 points. The meet, which will resume tomorrow, was held at the Lancaster Aquatics Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

The Pioneers started the evening finals with a bang as Morgan Cyrus picked up 16 points in the 200-yard individual medley after finishing in third place with a time of 2:12.36, shaving nearly two seconds off her preliminary time from earlier in the day. Cyrus continued her strong performance, placing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.30, grabbing 15 more points for the Transy.

Edward Freeman was the first swimmer on the men's side to post a top-eight finish, taking fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.30.Sam Mullen gave the men an additional boost, earning 14 points in the 200-yard backstroke after a time of 1:58.30, which was good enough for fifth place. Ty Alderman swam a career-best 50.47 in the 100-yard freestyle, adding one point to the team total.

The first win of the day for the Pioneers came on the shoulders of Julia Johnson, who posted a time of 2:08.11 in the 200-yard butterfly, winning in dominating fashion; she finished more than a second in front of her closes competitor.

The women also secured a fifth place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, earning 28 points after Johnson, Cyrus, Elizabeth Davis and Kiali Jelinek cut more than four seconds off their preliminary time, finishing the event in 1:52.11. Mullen and Freeman joined Fernando Zarate and Cameron Brewer in the 200-yard medley and took fourth place and 30 points for the team.

Hannah Jelinek and Olivia Brazelton gave the Pioneers 29 combined points as they finished fourth and fifth respectively in the one-meter diving competition.

Transylvania returns to the pool tomorrow for the second day of the invitational. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 10:00am with finals slated to start at 4:00pm.