Men Set Three School Marks on Last Day of BMC Championships


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Catawba concluded four days of swimming action at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Saturday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center and saw the men set three school records in the final session.  The men ended up sixth among 11 teams, while the women were eighth among 13 schools.

Freshman Mario Zaninovic opened the night with a record in the longest event, the 1650 free.  Zaninovic lowered his own record he set earlier this season by nine seconds in posting a time of 16:01.22.  The NCAA ‘B’ cut time put him in sixth place.  Also swimming in the event was Dustin Ruppart (16th- 17:35.29), Robert McCue (19th- 17:47.11) and Dylan Twiddy (21st- 18:35.19).  

Federico Borrego Higareda set a school record in the 200 breast of 2:01.32.  He finished fifth with a NCAA ‘B’ cut.  The other school mark went to Michael King in the 200 fly.  The sophomore posted a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:50.82 and won the B final.  Arnold Blohme finished 20th with a time of 1:57.59.

Dominik Brus earned a finals swim in the 200 back and was seventh in his time of 1:50.61.  Aly Hegazi went eighth in the 100 free (46.28) and Joao Barreto won the B final with a time of 46.09. 

For the women, Cassie Shear posted a 13th-place finish in the 200 breast (2:27.59).  Jess Daniel was 13th in the 200 fly (2:15.82) with Emily Najar right behind in 14th (2:20.08).  Amy Cujas came home 19th in the 100 free (53.89).
  The women 400 free relay team of Marcia-Mariel Erhart, Najar, Daniel and Cujas posted a time of 3:43.66 to finish 10th.  The men’s team of Hegazi, Higareda, Brus and Barreto went sixth with a time of 3:03.84.

Final Scores - Women
1. Queens 1584.5; 2. Wingate 1551; 3. Carson-Newman 1126; 4. SCAD 748; 5. Limestone 506; 6. Converse 386;
7. Davis & Elkins 379.5; 8. Catawba 330; 9t. Fairmont State 329; 9t. Lenoir Rhyne; 329; 11. Chowan 313;
12. Barton 169; 13. Salem International 60.

Final Scores - Men
1. Queens 1682; 2. Wingate 1293; 3. Carson-Newman 1036; 4. Limestone 833; 5. SCAD 566; 6. Catawba 557;
7. Lenoir Rhyne 400; 8. Davis & Elkins 386; 9. Fairmont State 348; 10. Barton 277; 11. Salem International 98.

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