Lexington, Ky. – For the first time in program history, the Transylvania women's swimming and diving team won the Transylvania Invitational, held on Saturday and Sunday at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
Hosting their seventh-annual two-day extravaganza including multiple teams from different regions and classifications, the Pioneers welcomed Milligan College, Wittenberg University, and conference members Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Hanover College to Transylvania's home facility "away from home."
Behind a collection of wins and top-level performances, the women's team won over the other four schools with a total of 690 points to place first. Milligan took second with 580 points while Hanover rounded out the top three on the women's side with 486 points.
The Transylvania men earned a third-place finish by capturing 380 points to help the Pioneers deliver a third-place combined score with 1070 points total, finishing behind first-place Rose-Hulman and second-place Milligan.
Each day's action consisted of a morning preliminary session and final sessions each evening with consolation and championship races.
The Pioneers opened up Saturday with a pair of winners in the evening championship races as junior Drew Dodds won the men's 100-yard breaststroke in 59.24 seconds and senior Sarah Haerle captured winning honors in the women's 100-yard breaststroke in a 1:09.74 time.
On Saturday, the Pioneers emerged with a triplet of runner-up victories; Dodds delivered again with a top-two finish in the men's 200 individual medley, touching the wall in 1:58.25. Senior Mattie Fogle finished off a long voyage in the women's 500 freestyle with a 5:25.04 time. The Transylvania group of Dodds, Connor Hood, Devon Parker, and Carter McIntire delivered a second-place finish in the men's 200 medley relay in 1:41.73 to place the Pioneer men in third place out of five teams after the first day of races. The Transylvania women put together the requisite amount of points to hold the first-place standing after Saturday's finals.
In Sunday action, Fogle delivered another win to the Pioneers in the grueling women's 1650-yard freestyle race. The reigning conference champion in the event, Fogle won in 18:54.20, winning by over 42 seconds. Fogle added a runner-up finish in the women's 200 freestyle race in 2:03.29.
Dodds repeated again as a winner, this time in the men's 200 breaststroke. Dodds won in a time of 2:08.92 to pace the Pioneer men to their eventual third-place finish.
Haerle did the same, adding a win in the women's 200 breaststroke by finishing in 2:29.58.
Emma Lloyd added to the Pioneer women's success, capturing a win in the women's 100 backstroke finals. Lloyd won with a time of 1:00.21 to take first place in a thrilling photo finish.
Lindsey Seaton added another win for the Pioneers in the women's 50 freestyle race, taking care of the field in 24.92 seconds.
Needing a clutch win to end the evening, the Pioneers found one in the women's 400 freestyle relay race. The quartet of Lloyd, Fogle, Seaton, and Haerle won in 3:47.28, outpacing Hanover by over two seconds to seize the team win for the Pioneers. The victory also marked the first time in the seven-year history of the event that the Pioneers have won the women's 400 freestyle relay.
Abbie Haynes led the Pioneer divers with a second-place finish in the women's 3-meter dive; Haynes earned a score of 318.25 to add to the Pioneer point total.
Having reached the midpoint of the 2019-20 season, the Pioneers will pause their season for winter break before resuming official exercises during their annual winter training trip down in Miami, Florida in the opening week of 2020.
While the Pioneers conduct winter training, they will compete against Mount St. Mary College on Friday, January 3, 2020, before continuing their schedule in earnest on Friday, January 17 versus Centre College for senior night at the William T. Young Center on the Transylvania campus at 6:30 p.m.
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