Three More Records Fall at BMC Swimming Championships on Friday


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Friday, the Catawba women set three new school records, including the oldest mark on the books, on day three of the 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimming Championships being held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. The women remain in fifth place with 168 points, while the men are in sixth with 367 points.

400 IM
Taylor Fair eclipsed the 18-year-old record in the 400 IM that was set by Melissa Schiffel on March 9, 2000 at the NCAA Championships. Fair bettered her swim by nearly a second lowering the old mark of 4:35.88 to 4:35.02. She won the B final and placed ninth. Matt Arnold swam the event for the men and was 19th in a time of 4:13.41.

100 Fly
Both Natalie Standard and Jess Daniel swam under the previous school record in the B final. Standard nipped Daniel by two one-hundredths of a second to hold the new mark at 58.65. She placed 12th and Daniel was 13th in 58.67. Emily Najar placed 17th with a time of 1:01.66.
Joao Barreto swam the ninth fastest men’s 100 fly in the prelim at 48.50 to qualify for the final. He swam to a fifth-place finish in the night session with a time of 48.80. Arnold Blohme took the 25th spot with a swim of 52.17.

200 Free
Lea Hartwig had the best finish for the women as she was 17th in a time of 1:59.85. Regan Nolan placed 18th (1.59.95) and Oryan Malul was 19th (2:01.42). Lucas Rhodes won the bonus final for the men in a time of 1:44.07 to finish 16th.

100 Breast
Kristina Rogge just missed a school record as she finished 10th. Her time of 1:06.32 was two-tenths off the current record.
Joao Barreto qualified for the men’s final with a prelim time of 56.25, the 14th best all-time, but he was disqualified in the final and placed eighth. Lukas Helbing swam the consolation final and finished 11th in a time of 58.02 after a 57.95 in the prelim.

100 Back
Featherstone had the first of the three records which came in the morning prelim as she shaved three one-hundredths off her previous to set 57.20 as the new standard. She finished sixth, swimming a time of 57.77 in the final. Gatlin Saylors posted the 16th-best time in school history in the men’s prelim with a 50.46. He won the consolation final in a time of 50.90 to place ninth.

200 Free Relay
The night session opened with the relay and the women took fifth. The team of Hartwig, Standard, Rogge and Featherstone clocked in at 1:39.36 which was the fifth best time in school history. The men’s team of Federico Borrego Higareda, Blohme, Helbing and Rhodes took sixth in a time of 1:26.02.

The Championships will conclude on Saturday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.

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