Blue Grass Mountain Conference, Day 1

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, February 13. THE Wingate University men's and women's swimming teams both lead after the first day of action at the 2008 Blue Grass Mountain Conference Championships. The Bulldog swimming teams are hosting the BGMC championships at the Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center (MAC) pool in downtown Charlotte.

On the men's side, junior Matthew Dugan (Wilson, N.C.) won the lone event of the day, the 1000 Freestyle with a time of 9:45.43. Dugan's time is an NCAA Division II "B" Cut and a personal-best. Freshman Isaac Cole (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished third with a time of 9:56.29. Classmate Jeremy Eaves (Duluth, Ga.) finished in 10:07.26, good for eighth place.

Wingate freshman Daniel Hoagland (Wilmington, N.C.) finished 11th at 10:12.42. Classmate Drew Esposito (Advance, N.C.) rounded out the Bulldogs' lineup with a 14th place finish at 10:25.74.

The Bulldog men racked up 56 points on day one, taking a 22-point lead over second place Washington and Lee University (34 points). Catawba College is third at 28, with Limestone College fourth with 17 points. Pfeiffer University is right behind with 14 points. West Virginia Wesleyan College is in sixth place with six points.

On the women's side, three Bulldogs finished in the top five of the 1000 Freestyle. Freshman Sarah Erickson (Silver Spring, Md.) placed third with a time of 10:50.43. Fellow freshman Jordan East (Richmond Hill, Ga.) was right behind her in fourth at 10:51.75. First-year Bulldog Kelsey Trabue (South Lyon, Mich.) secured fifth with a time of 10:52.32.

Wingate junior Anna Orzechowska (Toronto, Ontario) finished 10th with a time of 11:11.70. Freshman Kelly Crossen (Tupelo, Miss.) was two spots behind at 11:22.42.

The Bulldog women piled up 57 points on day one, leading second place Johns Hopkins University (37 points). JNU was led by freshmen Kathleen Heslin (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Mary Claire Kozlowski (Fairfax, Va.), who finished first and second, respectively in the 1000 Freestyle. Limestone is in third place with 17 points. West Virginia Wesleyan is fourth with 13 points. St. Andrews Presbyterian is right behind them with 12 points, followed by Pfeiffer at nine points.

Special thanks to Wingate for contributing this report.