Terre Haute, Ind. – The Transylvania swimming and diving team furnished two individual conference champions on Saturday evening to cap off a three-day marathon for the Transylvania swimming and diving team at the second-annual HCAC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Vigo County Aquatic Center.
Junior Sarah Haerle successfully defended her title in the women's 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday evening and was joined by junior Mattie Fogle, who delivered a championship in a thrilling 1650 yard freestyle race.
Competing in three days of championship races, the Pioneers put in three hard days of work before witnessing both of their champions on the final night of action as Haerle led the pack in the women's 200 breaststroke final, winning in 2:24.73. Haerle not only defended her title after winning the championship race as a sophomore but won it on Saturday by more than four seconds over the second-place finisher.
Fogle achieved her first HCAC conference title, winning a grueling 1650 race in a time of 18:29.34. The junior out-touched the second-place finisher by less than two seconds to claim a hard-fought championship.
The championship performances by Transylvania's veteran swimmers on the women's side topped off a week of growth which included multiple top-four finishes in championship finals by a slew of Pioneer underclassmen.
Freshman Reece Arredondo turned in a solid debut at his first HCAC Championships, turning in a fifth-place finish in the men's 500 freestyle championship final (4:48.11). The freshman made his fair share of appearances in championship races, adding a fourth-place finish in the men's 1650 freestyle (16:42.31) and a sixth-place showing in the men's 200 butterfly (2:04.86).
The weekend was also a fine debut for freshman Lindsey Seaton, who had a top-three finish in the women's 50 freestyle race, touching the wall in 24.74 seconds. Seaton added a fourth-place finish in the women's 100 butterfly, finishing in 1:02.52.
Sophomore Emma Lloyd appeared in a pair of championship finals, taking fourth in the women's 100 breaststroke (1:00.76) and fifth in the women's 200 backstroke (2:15.38).
The Pioneer women added another top-three finish, taking third in the women's 400 medley relay: Lloyd, Haerle, Seaton, and Fogle teamed up to finish in 4:10.78. The Transylvania men finished fourth in their men's 400 medley relay as freshman Dylan Ruddy, sophomore Noah Collins, sophomore Drew Dodds, and Arredondo raced to the wall in 3:38.58.
It was another memorable week for Dodds at his second conference championships. The sophomore began the week with a sixth-place finish in the men's 100 butterfly (51.94 s) and took fourth place in the men's 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.86 seconds. On Saturday morning, Dodds established a new Transylvania program record in the men's 200 breaststroke, posting the top prelim race time in 2:06.99. In the championship finals later on Saturday, Dodds took second behind Franklin's Ethan Park, finishing just .45 behind Park in one of the closest championship race finishes of the week.
Prior to leaving Terre Haute with a title, Fogle led off the week with a runner-up finish in the women's 500 freestyle, finishing in 5:20.50 in the championship final. Fogle added a fourth-place finish in the women's 200 freestyle, finishing in 2:00.02.
Haerle continued her gradual build towards Saturday with her first placing in a championship final, taking fifth in the women's 200 individual medley with a time of 2:16.44. In Day 2 of the championships, Haerle grabbed more points for the Pioneers, finishing as the runner-up in the women's 100 breaststroke finals in 1:08.02.
Both Pioneer women's and men's squads finished the week with a pair of fifth-place finishes. The Transylvania women finished with 265 points while the Pioneer men collected 169 points.
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