By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern
The first night of finals at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships came with some close races and record breaking swims. Both the men’s and women’s 1000 freestyle RMAC records were broken. The men’s 200 IM and 200 medley relay records also went down tonight.
In the women’s 1000 freestyle Lindenwood took the top two spots. Alecia McGillivray won the event in a 10:08.67 and with this time she crushed the previous 2012 RMAC record of 10:12.79. Her teammate Kyleigh Trowel finished second in a 10:10.50. Cal Baptist’s Christie Halverson placed third with a 10:13.57.
Alena Rumiantceva of Cal Baptist (2:06.37) out touched Erin Sutton of Lindenwood (2:06.86) in the women’s 200 IM. Cal Baptist also took third place, with Kylie Mihld coming in at a 2:07.36.
Western State’s Randi Yarnell came in first tonight in the women’s 50 freestyle with a time of 23.54. Mary Saiz of Mesa finished second in a 23.71 and Patricia Y Hapsari from Cal Baptist touched right behind for third (23.79).
To close the meet, Cal Baptist’s 200 medley team of Andrea Laliena (26.67), Alena Rumiantceva (28.57), Kristina Tchernyschev (24.84) and Patricia Y Hapsari (22.99) won the event in the time of 1:43.07. Colorado Mesa’s team came in second (1:44.86) with Mary Saiz (26.33), Miranda Reetz (29.53), Eryn Leonard (25.10) and Marissa Bradley (23.90). Colorado School of Mines came in third (1:45.81) with the team of Claire Collier, Abigail Wong, Carissa Anderson and Brittany Holloway.
Mesa’s Sam Bryant won the final of the 1000 freestyle today in the time of 9:18.46, with this time Bryant broke the 2015 RMAC record of 9:19.75. Cal Baptist’s Robert Griffith came in second (9:20.53) and Lindenwood’s Sylvester Borowicz Skoneczny finished third (9:25.75).
Joshua Hanson from Cal Baptist bested his time the men’s 200 IM and won the event with a 1:47.27. With this time Hanson broke his own RMAC record of 1:47.52. Lindenwood’s Felix Eigel came in second at 1:49.88 and Josh Bedford came in third for Mesa with a 1:51.14.
Lindenwood’s Serghei Golban broke 20 seconds in the men’s 50 freestyle. He won the event in a 19.67. Mesa took second and third place tonight with Justin Hastings (20.45) coming in second and Sky Hirsch (20.46) finishing third only one hundredth of a second apart.
Lindenwood won the men’s 200 medley relay tonight with the team of Krzysztof Jankiewicz (22.32), Mateuez Pacholczyk (23.96), Serghel Golban (20.37) and Michal Szczukowski (20.15) going a 1:26.80. With this time, the team broke the previous RMAC record, 1:27.78. Colorado Mesa came in second (1:28.13) with the team of Justin Hastings (22.16), Josh Bedford (25.12), Chris Radomski (20.93) and Sky Hirsch (19.92). Cal Baptist finished third (1:31.58) with James Wilson (23.84), Justin Quiroga (25.41), Jean Monteagudo (22.25) and Brent Teraoka (20.08).
1. California Baptist University 236
2. Lindenwood University 232
3. Colorado Mesa University 147
4. Colorado School of Mines 81
5. Western State University 79
6. Colorado State University-Pueblo 48
7. Adams Sate University 45
8. University of Nebraska Kearney 37
1. Lindenwood University 221
2. Colorado Mesa University 162
3. California Baptist University 159
4. Colorado School of Mines 102
5. Adams State University 1