LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania University swimming and diving team turned in several strong performances on Friday night at the William T. Young Campus Center Pool but fell to the visiting Franklin College Grizzlies by a combined score of 383-191.
The first win of the night for the Pioneers came on the shoulders of junior Morgan Cyrus, who posted a time of 2:04.84 in the 200-yard freestyle, narrowly edging out her opponent by 0.14 seconds, using a strong push in the final leg to push into the winning margin. Not to be outdone, her teammate Julia Johnson notched a time of 2:16.30 in a dominating 200-yard butterfly final, cruising to a win by more than six seconds.
Johnson grabbed her second win of the night in the 200-yard backstroke, beating her closest competitor by 0.60 seconds with a time of 2:15.49. Cyrus matched her with another win of her own, this time taking the crown in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:32.27, nearly two seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Johnson snagged a third win on the night in the 200-yard individual medley, beating the next best finisher by just shy of three seconds and was 0.41 seconds off of her season-best time of 2:19.97.
The story of the night on the men's side was sophomore Edward Freeman, who continued to be the top sprinter for the Pioneers in the early part of the season. Freeman won the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke with times of 23.21, 1:03.56 and 2:23.66 respectively. Freeman's times in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes both marked season-best efforts.
In the early part of the young season, the relay teams for the men and women have been high-points, but they failed to pick up wins on Friday despite several quality showings. In the men's 200-yard medley, the Transylvania A team finished second with a time of 1:43.42; the women posted a season-fastest 1:56.53 in the same event, but were unable to notch the win, instead placing second.
Transylvania returns to action on Nov. 21 at Union College.