Hanover, Ind. – In the final tune-up before conference championships, the Transylvania swimming and diving team turned in one more supreme effort on Friday evening in a dual meet with the Hanover College Panthers at Southwestern High School.
The Pioneers picked up 13 wins between the women's and men's teams as the Pioneer women prevailed over Hanover, 149-66 while the Panthers outscored the Pioneer men, 105-77.
Senior Sarah Haerle led the way for the Transylvania women with two individual victories and playing a key role in a first-place finish for the Pioneers in the women's 200 medley relay. Haerle teamed with sophomore Emma Lloyd, freshman Sami Monarch, and sophomore Lindsey Seaton to win the medley relay in 1:59.07 over the Hanover side, setting the tone for the Friday night team victory.
Haerle also claimed wins in the women's 200 individual medley (2:23.03) and the women's 100 breaststroke (1:14.58) to take first place in all three races in which she appeared on Friday.
Senior Mattie Fogle collected a win in the women's 1000 freestyle, winning her distance event soundly in 11:34.97. Fogle was part of another first-place showing as she joined forces with Monarch, freshman Rachel Foster, and Seaton to win the women's 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.39.
Seaton claimed an individual win for herself in addition to her effort in the two relay victories by sprinting to first place in the women's 50 freestyle (26.27 s).
Lloyd claimed a win for the Pioneers in the women's 100 backstroke in 1:06.72. Isabelle Sonntag wrapped up a productive night with a substantial win in the women's 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 5:51.87.
Friday night represented one of the healthiest outputs for the Pioneer men as Transylvania added five individual first-place finishes with junior Drew Dodds capturing wins in the men's 200 individual medley (2:10.90) and the men's 100 breaststroke (1:03.57).
Junior Ben Smith hit paydirt in the men's 200 freestyle, winning in 1:55.18. Freshman Carter McIntire won in one of the closest victories of the evening in the men's 100 butterfly in 56.26 seconds. The other Transylvania's men's victory was seized by freshman Connor Hood, who won the men's 100 backstroke in 58.19.
The Pioneers will resume training activities leading up to the three-day 2020 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The championships, hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, will run Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15.
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