Transylvania swimming and diving excels in combined win at Anderson

Drew Dodds diving

Anderson, Ind. – The Transylvania swimming and diving team delivered its first conference combined victory of the 2018-2019 season on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers prevailed over the Anderson University Ravens at Bennett Natatorium.

Behind a slew of multi-race performances from numerous Pioneers, the Transylvania women won over the Anderson women, 135-117 while the Transylvania men emerged victorious by the score of 120 to 94.

Freshman Reece Arredondo and sophomore Drew Dodds led the Pioneer men's squad with a trio of winning performances while junior Sarah Haerle and freshman Lindsey Seaton each led the rally for the Transylvania women with three first-place individual finishes.

Dodds took wins in the men's 50 yard breaststroke, winning in 28.82 seconds, following with wins in the men's 100 breaststroke (1:02.92) and the men's 100 individual medley (56.81 s) to guide the Pioneers to a successful Saturday.

The sophomore was joined by his fellow underclassman Arredondo, who sliced the water in each event in which he appeared. Arredondo continued his domination of long-distance events, winning the men's 1000 freestyle in 10:58.29 and the 500 freestyle in 5:23.96 over his teammate, sophomore Ben Smith. Arredondo showed off his versatility with another win, this time in the men's 100 butterfly with a time of 58.59 s.

Smith carved out his own victories, picking up first-place showings in the men's 200 freestyle (1:56.01 s) and men's 100 freestyle races (53.58 s).  

It was a day to remember for Dylan Ruddy, who led the pack in the men's 50 butterfly with a first-place finish (25.81 s). Another freshman joined Ruddy in the top placings as freshman Devon Parker won the men's 50 freestyle (23.98 s).

The Pioneer women offered win after win as the upperclasswomen Haerle and junior Mattie Fogle led the charge, combining for five individual wins, and a sixth via a first-place finish in the women's 400 medley relay. Haerle began her day with a first-place finish in the women's 50 breaststroke (34.31 s), and picked up more victories in the women's 100 breaststroke (1:13.58) and women's 100 individual medley (1:06.78).

Fogle excelled with first-place finishes in the women's 200 freestyle (2:07.07) and the women's 500 freestyle (5:43.23) to help push the Pioneers to victory. Fogle and Haerle also teamed with sophomore Emma Lloyd and freshman Lindsey Seaton for a win in the women's 400 medley relay (3:51.77).

The afternoon also belonged to Seaton, who delivered her best individual meet performance of her young career. Seaton followed up on the 400 medley relay win with victories in the women's 50 freestyle (26.78 s), women's 100 freestyle (58.18 s), and women's 50 butterfly (29.33 s).

The Pioneers took one last win in the women's 400 freestyle relay (3:29.87), with Lloyd, Fogle, junior Grace Galyon, and freshman Benton Patrick to finish off the day in style.

Saturday's meet rounds out regular-season competition for the Pioneers, who now look ahead to the three-day Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships which run February 15-17 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The second-annual edition of the conference championships will reunite Anderson with Transylvania and four other conference schools at the Vigo County Aquatic Center, hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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