Transylvania swimming hits the water for first time in 2017-18

Drew Dodds 1st place 100 breaststroke

Wilmore, Ky. – The Transylvania swimming and diving team commenced the 2017-18 season with a trek to the campus of Asbury University to face the Asbury University Eagles in a Saturday afternoon dual match.

Saturday's meet marked the first meet for the Pioneers under first-year head coach Dave Doolin as they took the road for a visit with Asbury.

The Asbury women's team finished the day with a 141-60 victory against the Pioneers, while the Eagles men's contingent won 133-50 against the Transy men's side.

The Transylvania men picked up big wins in the 100 breaststroke and the men's 200 individual medley. Freshman Drew Dodds secured his first career win in the men's 200 individual medley, finishing in 2:03.42, more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the race. Dodds was also the first to touch the wall with a 1:03:00 finish in the men's 100 breaststroke.

Dodds also teamed up with fellow freshmen JP Proffitt, Noah Collins, and Ben Smith to finish first in the men's 400 individual medley relay, winning in 3:55.55.

The Transylvania women's swim team picked up a collection of wins; the Pioneer women matched the men by winning their 400 medley relay event in 4:25.66. That set the tone for a pair of wins by sophomore Sarah Haerle, who finished first in the women's 200 individual medley (2:19.42) and the women's 100 breaststroke (1:10.61).

Transylvania returns to action next Saturday, November 4 for its home opener at the William T. Young Center on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington. The Pioneers will host both Wittenberg University and Wilmington College at 1:00 p.m.

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