Transy women 4th, men 5th in OAC Championship

Transy women 4th, men 5th in OAC Championship
AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio Athletic Conference swimming and diving championship wrapped up Saturday with the Transylvania women's team finishing fourth and the men fifth at the University of Akron.


On the women's side, Ohio Northern had 865 points to win the championship, followed by Mount Union at 714, John Carroll at 660, Transy with 424, 'Wilmington at 290, and Defiance at 133.

For the men, Ohio Northern won with 985 points and Mount Union was second at 749. John Carroll was next at 468 and Wilmington was at 409. Transy had 237 points and Defiance had 10.

The last night of finals started with a third place finish for first-year Anna Balassa in the 1650 Freestyle. For 66 laps, Balassa tracked down another swimmer a couple lanes over. Balassa split a 31.25 on the final 50 to seal the All-Conference recognition.
The 200 Backstroke was a strong event for the Pioneers. Senior Lindsey Anderson placed fourth overall with a time of 2:08.40. Anderson went a lifetime best at prelims and re-broke her time again at finals. First-year Sam Mullen came up big with an exciting race. Mullen took second with a time of 1:55.18, improving his time earlier in the day by nearly three seconds.
First-years Kristen Cornish and Sydney Shurn placed ninth and 13th in the consolation heat of the 100 Freestyle. Sophomore Brian Daffin placed 10th overall. Both Daffin and Cornish put up lifetime best swims back to back at prelims and finals.
Senior Amanda Skinner received an All-Conference recognition in the 200 Breaststroke for her first place finish (2:27.51). Transylvania was also represented in the 200 Breaststroke by E.J. Quijano. Quijano dropped five seconds from prelims and placed ninth in the consolation heat (2:12.94).
One of the biggest highlights of the night was the 200 Butterfly. Junior Carly Hubbard crushed her lifetime best swim from prelims with a second place finish and a time of 2:08.44. Hubbard received an All-Conference recognition, re-broke the school record from prelims and obtained a NCAA 'B' cut for Nationals. First-year Callie Anderson placed fourth overall.
The Transylvania divers had a great showing at finals as well as the swimmers. Carson Baughman and Hannah Jelinek received All-Conference recognitions. First-year Hailey Baden placed fourth overall.

Friday's recap

Transylvania's women's swimming team remained in fourth place Friday and the men held on the fifth place after the second day of the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at the University of Akron.

Results Day 2

Ohio Northern (570) continued to build its lead among the women's teams with John Carroll next at 455. The rest of the field was rounded out by Mount Union (451), Transy (266), Wilmington (204), and Defiance (92).

Ohio Northern was also the leader among the men with 658 points, followed by Mount Union at 477, John Carroll with 301, Wilington with 279, Transy with 156, and Defiance at five points.

Day 2 of the conference meet was highlighted by one school record, five All-Conference (top three finish) performances, and lifetime best swims in a number of races. 

Amanda Skinner won the 400 meter individual medley in a time of 4:35.42, setting a new OAC record. She carved over three seconds off the old mark, set in 2005. Teammate Lindsey Anderson was second in the event in 4:37.05, which also would have broken the old conference record. Both earned All-Conference recognition by placing in the top three. Relay teams earn All-Conference recognition for finishing in the top three. 

Skinner's time gave her a "B" cut for the NCAA Division III Championships.

Carly Hubbard took second in the 100 butterfly, with a school-record time of 58.95, and also made the All-OAC team. Transy's Hannah Jelinek was second in the 1-meter diving competition while teammate Hailey Baden was fourth. Jelinek's total missed a school record by six points and made her an All-OAC pick as well.

The 200 medley relay team finished fourth as Kristen Cornish, Skinner, Hubbard, and Sydney Shurn turned in a time of 1:52.22.

Anna Balassa swam a lifetime best in the 200 freestyle and placed 10th overall with a time of 2:02.61. 

Highlights for the men included a third-place finish by Sam Mullen in the 100 backstroke in a time of 53.12. Transy's E.J. Quijano was fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.70. The 200 IM relay team was fourth in 1:38.84. The team was comprised of Allen King, Mullen, Quijano, and Brian Daffin.

Mullen earned All-OAC recognition in the 100 back. Daffin went a lifetime best swim of 1:51.43 in the 200 free and scored in 10th place for the Pioneers.

Transy is competing in the OAC Championship for the first time in 2013. The meet concludes on Saturday.

Thursday's recap

Transylvania's women's swimming and diving team was fourth and the men fifth Thursday after the first day of the Ohio Athletic Conferenc Championship at the University of Akron.

Results Day 1

On the women's side, Ohio Northern led with 215 points. Next came John Carroll at 198, Mt. Union at 185, Transy at 118, Wilmington with 74, and Defiance at 55.

For the men, Ohio Northern took the early lead with 281 points, followed by Mt. Union with 210, John Carroll at 116, Wilmington with 112, and Transy at 46.

Transy is competing in the OAC Championship for the first year. The event continues through Saturday.

Transy's women's 400 medley relay team finished fourth in a time of 4:04.92. The team was comprised of Lindsey Anderson, Amanda Skinner, Carly Hubbard, and Sydney Shurn. Anderson was fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.79, one spot ahead of Skinner. The 200 freestyle relay was fourth in a time of 1:42.39. That team was made up of Kristen Cornish, Anna Balassa, Callie Anderson, and Sydney Shurn.

Anderson's time in the 200 IM was a new Transy record.

Men's highlights included a sixth-place finish in the 200 IM by E.J. Quijano in a time of 2:02.62, and a fifth place showing in the 400 medley relay. The team of Allen King, Quijano, Sam Mullen, and Brian Daffin turned in a time of 3:37.65.

The OAC championship continues on Friday.