Lexington, Ky. – Day 1 of the 2018 Transylvania Invitational on Saturday brought about a plethora of activity and high marks for nine teams which converged upon the Lancaster Aquatic Center on the University of Kentucky hosted by Transylvania University.
Hosting the sixth-annual two-day multitude of races, the Pioneers showed off an improved and bolstered roster as they held their own against teams representing Anderson University, Franklin College, Hanover College, Oberlin College, Rhodes College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of the South, and Wittenberg University.
Numerous Pioneer swimmers broke through to the championship races, held in the second session of a marathon Saturday which began with preliminary races in the morning at Lancaster.
Junior Sarah Haerle qualified for a pair of championship races, placing fourth in the women's 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:08.01. Haerle also took sixth in the women's 200 individual medley in a time of 2:15.41.
Sophomore Emma Lloyd took first place in the consolation final of the women's 200 backstroke, finishing ahead of the pack in 2:18.21.
The two also teamed with freshman Lindsey Seaton and junior Mattie Fogle to place sixth in the women's 200 medley relay championship race, completing the relay in 1:57.54.
The Transylvania men also showed off their collective might, led by sophomore Drew Dodds. The sophomore took fourth in the men's 100 breaststroke and sixth in the men's 200 individual medley race to capture crucial points for the Pioneers. Freshman Reece Arredondo made his debut at Lancaster with a second-place finish in the men's 500 freestyle consolation final.
After one day of competition, the Pioneers sit in seventh out of ninth place with 224 combined points. The Pioneer women are in fifth with 130 points while the Transylvania men are in seventh place after Day 1 with 94 points.
Transylvania and the other eight teams return to Lancaster for the final day of competition tomorrow with two more sessions on deck. Sunday's preliminary races are scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m., followed by the finals at 5:30 p.m.
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