October 26, 2012

Wiese Continues to Swim Strong, Tornado Fall at Pfeiffer

In King's double dual with Pfeiffer and Milligan, Kelsey Wiese continued to surpass King records despite both team's faltering in competition.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kelsey Wiese continued to swim well breaking two more King College records in individual events despite both the men's and women's swimming & diving team falling in decisions to Pfeiffer University and Milligan College on Friday, Oct. 25. Pfeiffer took both sides by wider margins though King was narrowly edged out by the Buffaloes.

Kelsey Wiese pulled down the only individual wins for either Tornado team while setting school records in each event. She finished first overall in the 50-yard freestyle event, touching in a half second ahead of Pfeiffer's Mary Rudolph. The junior's time of 25.32 set the new school mark in the event.

The Gallatin, Tenn. native also won the 200 backstroke while setting a new school record in the event. She finished the event in 2:13.59 for the win starting off the first leg of the race with a strong time of 31.34. Wiese maintained her pace and pulled away in the third and fourth legs of the race, completing the final 50 yards two seconds ahead of second place finisher Yukina Onoda (Pfeiffer).

Wiese was also the starter for the 200 freestyle relay team which placed second in the event with a time of 1:47.57. She put together the fastest 50 on the team with a 25.16 leg and then was followed by Rachel Fuller, Sara Hennies, and anchor Kelsey Copeland in the victory.

Freshman Samantha Norman (Roanoke, Va.) completed the evening with a pair of second place finishes in the 400 individual medley (5:02.98) and 100 back (1:03.96).

Freshman Rachel Fuller (North Augusta, S.C.) also pulled together a second place finish in the 200 butterfly with a 2:23.15 finish in the event.

The Lady Tornado dropped both decision as a team to Milligan and Pfeiffer. The Falcons took a 86.00-36.00 win away while Milligan beat King, 64.00-57.00.

On the men's side, junior Alek Nochowicz (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) led the team with runner-up finishes in both distance events he participated in. He took second in the 1,000 free (11:13.42) and the 500 free (5:28.96).

Freshman Reynold Thibideau (Titusville, Fla.) placed second in the 100 backstroke with a 58.06 finish time, 0.88 seconds in front of third place finisher Brent Crosby (Milligan).

Also turning in a second place finish was junior Taylor Horton (Conyers, Ga.), who finished the 100 freestyle in 53.69.

Pfeiffer took the decision over the Tornado, 101.00-17.00. Milligan edged out King, 69.00-42.00, delivering them their second loss.

The men are now 2-6 on the season while the women are 3-5, thus far. Both teams will compete next at the Sewanee Invitational, hosted by Sewanee: The University of the South on Nov. 2-3.