Barbourville, Ky. – The Transylvania women's swimming and diving team won 12 events on Friday night to win 194-82 over the Union (Ky.) College Bulldogs at the Union College Center for Health and Learning.
The Pioneers men's team was outpaced by Union 178-66, translating to a 260-260 deadlock in the combined team scores as the Pioneer women guided the Transylvania trek down south in an in-state matchup to kick off a busy weekend with three meets in three days.
Mattie Fogle captured first-place finishes in the women's 1000 yard freestyle (5:41.66) and the women's 500-yard freestyle (11:41.97), with the latter race ending in a thriller. Fogle outtouched Union's Laura Ayres for a win by fewer than one second in the long-distance race, proving pivotal in the overall combined score. Fogle added a second-place finish in the women's 100 freestyle race.
The evening also belonged to Emma Lloyd, who collected a pair of individual victories for the Pioneers, winning the women's 100 backstroke (1:06.77) and the 200 backstroke (2:25.02).
Lloyd teamed up with Sarah Haerle, Sami Monarch, and Lindsey Seaton to take first place in the women's 200 medley relay, winning in 1:59.00. The relay victory set the tone for a stellar night for Monarch, who also collected a first-place finish in the women's 100 freestyle race, winning in 56.54 seconds.
The race also served as a springboard for both Seaton and Haerle. Seaton won the women's 50 freestyle sprint in 25.71 seconds while Haerle emerged victorious in the women's 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:39.87.
Audrey Renick shone for the Pioneers with a first-place finish in the women's 200 butterfly, winning handily in 2:57.81. One more win came for the Pioneers came in the women's 200 freestyle relay as Monarch, Fogle, Seaton, and Benton Patrick edged out Union by less than a second, winning in 1:45.66.
Kateleigh Lorimer had a poignant night on the diving board for the Pioneers, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Drew Dodds paced the Pioneer men with four runner-up finishes to collect a slew of points, taking second in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.31), 200 breaststroke (2:18.44), 200 individual medley (2:06.62), and teaming with Connor Hood, Kigen Chemirmir, and Devon Parker to take second in the men's 200 medley relay.
The Pioneers will return to the pool tomorrow as they square off with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Franklin College at the William T. Young Center in Lexington. The conference dual meet is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start.
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