BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – King College saved their best for the last meet of the year when they took to the lanes at the Stivers Aquatic Center in Barbourville, Ky. for the 2012 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships this weekend. Three school records fell while King placed a combined 11th out of 14 teams in the final meet of the season.
Kelsey Wiese had a fantastic day in the pool, breaking two individual school records and helping propel the women's relay teams to successful finishes. The Gallatin, Tenn. native began her day by breaking the King record in the 200-meter backstroke with a preliminary time of 2:14.01. Wiese continued to mark up the Lady Tornado record book by breaking the school 100-meter backstroke record with a 1:00.84 finish time, placing her sixth in the A final. Her prelim and final time eclipsed her previous best coming into the championships by more than a full second (1:02.08).
The men's team broke a school record in the 200-meter freestyle relay when the combination of Mason Edmonds, Alek Nochowicz, Taylor Horton, and Wayne Oliver finished with a 1:28.88 time. The relay team placed ninth out of 17 participating teams to earn their team 18 points. The group bested their previous top time in the event by more than five seconds (1:33.92).
Malorie McBride (Nashville, Tenn.) participated in three consolation finals races and scored her team 10 points from her individual performances. She placed highest in the 200-meter butterfly, finishing 11th (2:25.90) of the 16-swimmer field while trimming three seconds of her qualifying time. She also improved on her prelim time in a big her performance in the 500-meter freestyle. McBride slashed 13 seconds off of her seed time coming into the meet and posted a 5:36.31 final finish time in the B heat, placing her 14th overall. In her final consolation race, she placed 16th in the 100-meter butterfly with a 1:08.09 time.
In addition to Wiese, two more Lady Tornado swimmers participated in a pair of consolation final heats. Shirley Langford (Cape Coral, Fla.) finished 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke, only 0.11 seconds from a ninth place finish, with a 2:40.91 final time. She placed 13th in the 100-meter breaststroke, clocking in at 1:15.14. Titusville, Fla. native Jade Schroeder placed 13th in the 100-meter butterfly, trimming one full second from her previous best and posting a 1:06.60 finish in addition to finishing 14th in the 200 butterfly (2:32.53).
Gary Oliver (Bristol, Tenn.) placed in two final heats, including one appearance in an A final. Oliver placed sixth in the 50-meter freestyle with a 21.26 finish time. In the 100 free, Oliver placed in the top spot in the B finals heat with a 48.07 ninth place finish.
Other notable individual performances include those from Daniel Pope (Red Bank, Tenn.), Greg Taylor (Bristol, Tenn.), and Kelsey Copeland (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.). Pope finished 13th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.90) and Taylor finished the 200 breaststroke in 10th place with a 2:24.82 time. Copeland placed 14th in the 200 backstroke (2:27.13).
Of all the relay teams King assembled, the men's 200-meter freestyle topped the list with their new school record. Three women's relay teams had notable performances for King. The 200-meter medley relay team (Copeland, Langford, Schroeder, Wiese) placed seventh of 14 teams with a 2:00.35 time. The 200 freestyle relay squad (Copeland, Schroeder, McBride, Wiese) also placed seventh, finishing a full second ahead of their previous seed time (1:46.91). McBride, Langford, Copeland, and Schroeder also combined for a ninth place finish (8:43.43) in the 800 freestyle relay. To add to the men's accomplishments, the 400-meter medley relay team comprising of Alek Nochwicz (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Daniel Pope, Wayne Oliver, and Mason Edmonds (Johnson City, Tenn.) placed eighth of 14 schools with a 3:48.99 to improve from their seed time by more than three seconds.
King placed 11th in the combined standings in a 14-team spread with 246.5 team points. On the women's side, King placed ninth edging out Urbana University (116). On the men's side, the Tornado finished 10th of 12 teams. The Appalachian Swim Conference Championships conclude the 2011-12 season for King.