LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University men's and women's swimming and diving teams tallied seven combined top-eight finishes on Sunday, en route to sixth place finishes for both teams at the third annual Transylvania Invitational. The women racked up 309 points while the men took home 260.5 over the course of the 40-event meet held at the Lancaster Aquatic Center at the University of Kentucky.
Julia Johnson started the Sunday finals session with a bang for the Pioneers, placing second in 400-yard individual medley, completing the event in 4:41.31 and grabbing 17 points for Transy in the first event of the finals. Not to be out done by her teammate, Morgan Cyrus snagged a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, improving on her preliminary time by nearly three seconds in a time of 2:25.94 to add 17 more points to the Transylvania team total.
Johnson continued her strong run later in the session with another second place finish, this time by way of a 59.07 in the 100-yard butterfly. The final top-eight performance for the women came in the 400-yard freestyle relay where a team of Kristen Cornish, Maci Quisenberry, Anna Balassa and Cyrus finished seventh and earned 24 points after a time of 3:49.40, narrowly missing a fifth place finish by 0.53 seconds.
For the men, Ed Freeman gave the Pioneers their first top-eight finish on Sunday by placing tied for fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, earning 13.5 points after a time of 22.18. Sam Mullen was the next Transylvania male to finish in the top-eight, swimming a 55.02 in the 100-yard backstroke and adding 14 points to the team score. Freeman and Mullen joined Cameron Brewer and Ty Alderman for a fourth place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The foursome posted a time of 3:17.10 to secure 30 points for the team.
The Pioneers will take a hiatus from competition during the holiday season, but will return to action on Jan. 16 in a meet at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. That meet will serve as one of three final tune-ups prior to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 18-20.