Swimming and diving battles Centre

Swimming and diving battles Centre

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University swimming and diving program picked up eight event wins in a dual meet loss to rival Centre College on Friday night. The Pioneers took a 242.5-173.5 combined score loss; the Transy women lost by just 17 points while the men's team took a 120-68 loss on the evening.

The Pioneers opened the meet with a dominating win in the women's 400-yard medley relay on the shoulders of Julia Johnson, Alexis Webb, Kiali Jelinek and Morgan Cyrus. Transylvania built an early lead in the event and Cyrus was able to cruise into the victory as Transy won by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 4:16.51.

The Transylvania women continued their strong showing picking up wins in each of the next two events. Anna Balassa took home a win by more than one minute in the women's 1000-yard freestyle, posting a season best 11:54.09. In the 200-yard freestyle, is was Maci Qusenberry who gave the Pioneer women a victory, shaving almost four seconds off her seed time to finish in 2:06.51.

Johnson added to her successful night with a more than four second win in the 100-yard backstroke, posting a time of 1:03.48 and garnering nine points for the Pioneers. Balassa and Quisenberry turned in a one-two finish in the next distance event, going 5:45.54 and 5:48.89 in the finals respectively. Cyrus capped the night for the Pioneers with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke.

On the men's side, Edward Freeman gave Transy their first top spot on the podium, nabbing a win in the 50-yard freestyle, solidifying his place as one of the Pioneers top sprinters. Fernando Zarate gave the Pioneers another win, going for a time of 5:09.32 in the 500-yard freestyle.

"We had some really great swims and dives tonight," said head coach Keaton Koukis. "I think this was a good opportunity for us to race some quality competition early in the season."

Transylvania will have no rest as they return to the pool on Saturday, going head-to-head with Wittenberg.