MISENHEIMER, North Carolina, October 8. THE men's and women's swim teams out-performed their competition today in their season debut at the Conference Carolinas Invite hosted by Pfeiffer University. Queens University of Charlotte picked up 602 points on the women's side for their first win in program history. Converse (480) was second followed by Limestone (476.5), Pfeiffer (257.5) and King (132).
On the men's side, the Royals collected 708.5 points after winning every event. Limestone (583), King (331.5) and Pfeiffer (215) followed, respectively.
The women swimmers broke five Queens records today beginning with event one, the 200-yard medley relay. Kristin Diemer (Oak Ridge, N.C., Northwest Guilford), Emma Durante (Akron, Ohio, Firestone), Madeleine Wallmon (Danderyd, Stockholm, Sweden, Viktor Ryderg Gymnasium) and Emily Bozant (Chalmette, La., Cabrini) teamed up turning in a time of 1:53.28. Though coming in second, the Royals also set a new record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Bozant, Leigh Siegfried (Fairfax, Va., Chantilly), Lillian Gordy (Winston-Salem. N.C., Reagan) and Taylor Davis (Dover, Del., Center Grove) raced to a time of 1:43.33 to take out the former record set this past February. The loss was one of only two for Queens on the women's side.
Individually, Gordy turned in a time of 1:57.70 in the 200-yard freestyle for a new record. Also setting new records for the Royals was Durante (1:11.79) in the 100-yard breaststroke and Tessa Pena (Apex, N.C., Middle Creek) (5:12.58) in the 500-yard freestyle. Additionally, Queens set school records in four new events; the 50-yard backstroke (Wallmon- 28.55), 50-yard breaststroke (Pena- 32.86), 50-yard butterfly (Bozant- 30.05) and the 100-yard individual medley (Pena- 1:01.25).
The men set a new record in the 200-yard freestyle relay turning in a time of 1:25.45. John Long (Jacksonville, Fla., Bishop Kenny) led off with a time of 20.82 pacing the Royals to the first place finish. Joe Skuba (Del Rey, Fla., North Broward Prep), Austin Hughey (Auburn, Ala., Auburn ) and Evante Gibson (Freeport, Bahamas, Baylor School) completed the relay team for Queens.
Individually the men set new school records in four events. In the 50-yard backstroke, Hughey finished with a time of 24.66 beating fellow Royal Troy Cisneros' (Long Beach, Calif., Mater Dei) who swam in at 26.56. Niclas Eriksson (Indianapolis, Ind., International School of Indiana) competed in the 50-yard breaststroke coming in first ahead of Limestone's Zachary Kimery at 27.50. Eriksson also took number one in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 55.04. The remaining record was set in the 50-yard butterfly by Kyle House (Lawrenceburg, Ind., East Central ) (22.86) who tapped the wall just ahead of teammate Gibson (23.96).
The Royals have a week off before hitting the water again at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., to take on the Camels and College of Charleston.
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