GAFFNEY, South Carolina, January 24. THE men's swimming team recorded nine first place times, moving ahead of Catawba to win Friday nights meet 131-73. The Saints once again swept the relays and had six different swimmers turn in individual first place times.
The 200 medley relay team took first place by 6.46 seconds, turning in a time of 1:34.14. Linvern Lim (Port Dickson, Malaysia) had a split of 24.20, Chad McKenzie (Durban, South Africa) had a split of 26.75, while Anders Melin (Karlstad, Sweden) turned in a 22.68, and Craig Jordens (Cape Town, South Africa) recorded a 20.51 split.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Gilles Gutnecht (Marseille, France), Lim, Matt Parsonage (Durban, South Africa), and Melin took closed out the meet with a first place finish of 1:26.65.
In between the two relays, the Saints were able to record seven other first place times, by six different swimmers. Gutnecht turned in times of 21.9 in the 50 freestyle and 47.94 in the 100 freestyle.
Parsonage completed the 200 IM in 2:01.58, while Melin took home the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.97. Chad McKenzie recorded a 58.27 in the 100 breaststroke and Jordens completed the 500 freestyle in 4:49.10.
Zeljko Karaman (Split, Croatia) took first place in the 1000 freestyle, finishing in 10:19.32.
The women's swimming team recorded eight first place times, moving ahead of Catawba to win Friday nights meet 119-68. Limestone swept the relays and had five different swimmers turn in individual first place times.
Seniors Carmen Adams (Conway, S.C.), Jessi Sullivan (Lancaster, S.C.), and Kelly Davidson ( Kingston, Tenn.) would each place in their final home meet for the Saints. Adams recorded a 1:11.28 in the 100 breaststroke, while Sullivan took second (27.17) to teammate Renae Pouchet (Maraval, Trinidad) (26.02) in the 50 freestyle. Davidson took fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:40.33
The 200 medley relay team of Donna Wickham (Trincity, Trinidad & Tobago), Marta Stepien (Kedzierzyn, Poland), Molly Reichwald (Atlanta, Ga.), and Marija Grubic (Split, Croatia) took first place by 5.03 seconds, turning in a time of 1:54.47. Grubic would also turn in a 1:01.81 in the 100 backstroke for first place.
Isabell Nystrom (Stockholm, Sweden) finished first in both the 1000 freestyle (11:02.77) and the 100 freestyle (56.57).
The 200 freestyle relay team Nystrom, Adams, Grubic, and Wickham took first place by 8.39 seconds, turning in a time of 1:44.38.
The Saints return to the pool on January 24, when they travel to Savannah, Ga. to swim against the Savannah College of Art and Design
Special thanks to Limestone for contributing this report.