September 17, 2011

Swim Team Get Off the Blocks Early in Record Setting Day

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College swimming and diving took to the blocks for the first time this season at Mars Hill on Saturday. King came away with a second place finish on the men's side, edging out LaGrange College while the women's team finished third and came away with one broken school record.

Sophomore Kelsey Wiese (Gallatin, Tenn.) came away with a victory in the 50-yard breast stroke (28.66). Her time also set a new school record in the event.

Perhaps the best behind-the-scenes story of the dual meet was senior Gary Oliver's win over his long-time, friendly rival Mike Wilkes of Mars Hill. The senior willed his way to a victory in the 50-yard free style by one-tenth of a second with a 22.53 time. Oliver also finished second in the 50-yard butterfly, falling short of the victory by just 0.18.

Freshman Sarah Hennies (Scholfield Barracks, Hawaii) finished second in the 50-yard breast stroke, falling just 0.19 seconds behind the winner of the race. Despite falling in the race, her time still sets a school record in the event.

The women's relay team comprised of of Kelsey Copeland (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Sarah Hennies, Jade Schroeder (Titusville, Tenn.) and Kelsey Wiese took home first place in the 200 freestyle with a combined time of 1:46.67.

"I was pleased with a many of the efforts from the team," said Head Coach John Connor. "Overall, I think we are ahead of where I thought we'd be. I expected us to do well but I didn't expect us to come out the gates that fast, that early.

Mars Hill took the top spot as a team in both the men's and women's side.

The men's and women's Tornado swim teams will next compete in a dual meet with Mars Hill and Limestone in Gaffney, S.C. on Oct. 1.

Men Results
Mars Hill College 179.00, LaGrange College 13.00 LaGrange College

Mars Hill College 158.00,  King College 49.00

King College 111.00,  LaGrange College 31.00

Women Results
Mars Hill College 191.00, LaGrange College 28.00

Mars Hill College 162.00, King College 51.00

King College 99.00, LaGrange College 55.00

Mars Hill College 127.00, Brenau University 104.00

Brenau University 146.00, LaGrange College 36.00

Brenau University 120.00, King College 64.00