Terre Haute, Ind. – The Transylvania swimming and diving team capped off its first foray at the inaugural Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Sunday evening at the Vigo County Aquatic Center.
Competing in the third and final day of the first sponsored swimming and diving championships in the conference's history, the Pioneers women's swim team finished third with 328 total points while the men's swim team took fifth place with a total of 161 points.
Sunday's festivities completed the first HCAC swimming and diving championships, which included five HCAC programs. Franklin College took first place on the women's side while Rose-Hulman became the men's champions.
The Pioneers finished the Sunday session on a high note, celebrating a second individual title for sophomore Sarah Haerle, who took first place in the women's 200-yard breaststroke, winning in 2:24.57 seconds. Haerle finished nearly five seconds ahead of the next-closest finisher to cap off a spectacular weekend at the championships, which were hosted by Rose-Hulman.
Sophomore Mattie Fogle posted a top-three finish in the women's 1650 freestyle event, finishing the arduous race in 18:55.23 to help the Pioneers to their third-place team showing.
Senior Kiali Jelinek did her part in the women's 100 freestyle race, sprinting to a fourth-place finish in 57.23 s to complete her collegiate career in stride. The women's quartet of Jelinek, Haerle, Fogle, and freshman Emma Lloyd also teamed to finish third in the women's 400 freestyle relay, finishing in 3:49.25.
Freshman Drew Dodds highlighted the men's performances for Transylvania, taking fourth in the finals in 2:08.54.
Senior Zak Griffis finished his career in the men's 400 freestyle relay, teaming with Dodds, and freshmen Noah Collins and Ben Smith to take fourth in the event (3:30.38). Griffis also took fourth in the men's 100 freestyle consolation race, finishing in 56.69 s.
Sunday's championships marked an end to a successful first season for Transylvania swimming head coach Dave Doolin, who completed his first season's run as a collegiate head coach.
The HCAC Championships will expand to six teams next year as conference member Hanover College prepares to enter swimming and diving as a varsity-sponsored sport.
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