Wittenberg, Ohio - The Transylvania swimming and diving team had a tremendous afternoon as the Transylvania women defeated both Wittenberg University and Wilmington College for a combined team win while the Transylvania men earned a team win against Wittenberg at a Saturday afternoon tri-meet hosted by Wittenberg at the HPER Center Natatorium.
Across both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams, the Pioneers captured 13 first-place finishes across 32 events for one of their best team showings in five seasons.
The Transylvania women began the afternoon with a sizable win in the 200 medley relay; the quartet of Emma Lloyd, Sarah Haerle, Sami Monarch, and Lindsey Seaton finished more than four seconds ahead of the second-place relay team from Wilmington for a first-place finish in 1:57.59.
Hood's contribution to the relay win catalyzed a standout afternoon for the freshman who would go on to win three more races, composed of the men's 200 freestyle (1:54.27), the men's 100 backstroke (59.27 s), and the men's 200 backstroke (2:07.20).
Haerle was the torchbearer for the Transylvania women, gathering wins in the women's 100 breaststroke (1:12.67), the women's 200 breaststroke (2:38.47), and the women's 200 individual medley (2:22.11).
Mattie Fogle continued her strong start to her senior season with a pair of distance wins; Fogle took first in the women's 1000 freestyle, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in a time of 11:43.42 and then won the women's 500 freestyle in 5:39.64.
Ben Smith led the way for the Transylvania men in distance competition, winning the men's 500 freestyle (5:20.50) and finished second in the men's 200 freestyle (1:55.69).
Seaton picked up a win in the women's 50 freestyle, sprinting to the wall in 26.11 seconds to add to her relay win.
Kateleigh Lorimer made her diving debut for the Pioneers, finishing first in the one-meter dive with a score of 137.63 and winning the three-meter dive with a score of 138.60.
The Pioneers continued to pile up points with a slew of runner-up finishes at Wittenberg. Abbie Haynes (one-meter dive), Sami Monarch (women's 100 freestyle), Sophie Ritzenthaler (women's 200 backstroke) all took second in their respective events while the Pioneer women added a second-place finish in the women's 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.07.
The Transylvania men added to their point total with runner-up finishes by Dodds in the men's 200 breaststroke and 200 IM, and a pair of second-place showings by Chemirmir in the men's 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle.
Saturday's balanced showing across the roster sets up the first dual meet of the year for the Pioneers, who will compete at home against Anderson University on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the William T. Young Center. The dual meet will also serve as the first home meet of the 2019-20 season for Transylvania swimming and diving.
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