WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – King took Milligan down to the wire on both sides of the pool, edging out the Buffaloes for their second win in three meetings. The Tornado fell to the hosts, the University of the Cumberlands, in Saturday's double dual action. Kelsey Wiese earned King's lone event win but it was the relay squads for both teams that clinched victories for the Scarlett and Navy.
Kelsey Wiese, a junior from Gallatin, Tenn., earned King's lone victory early in the double dual in the 50-yard freestyle event. She tied Charlotte Parent (UC) for first place touching the wall in 25.42.
Down the stretch, Milligan and the Lady Tornado were neck-and-neck coming down to the relay events. King edged out Milligan in both the women's relays to hold them off for a 110.00-71.00 win. The return of sophomore Jade Schroeder and senior Michele Donihe made the difference in the 400 free relay event, where King placed second and beat Milligan's 'A' team by just over one second. The combo Schroeder, Donihe, Rachel Fuller, and Malorie McBride finished the 400 free relay in 4:00.40 while the 400 medley team consisting of Wiese, Shirley Langford, Samantha Norman, and Kelsey Copeland finished nearly a full minute ahead of Milligan's team, clocking in at 4:24.09.
Wiese also turned in a second place finish in the 100 free, finishing the event in 55.33. Other notable performance by the Lady Tornado include Rachel Fuller's second place finish in the 1,000 free (11:36.93) and third place finish by fractions of a second in the 100 butterfly (1:04.10). Samantha Norman (Roanoke, Va.) placed second in the 100 back (1:04.40) and third in the 200 IM (2:24.13).
The women's team was downed by the Patriots by a final score of 133.00-49.00.
Similarly to the women, the men's team relied on a late performance by its relay team to clinch a win over the Buffaloes. It came down the final event of the day to determine who would come out the victor.
Christian Knobloch, Alek Nochowicz, Phillip Leckenby, and Donny Vogelsong held off Milligan in the 400 yard freestyle relay by less than one second to seal King's victory. After Milligan gained ground in the third leg of the race, walk on Donny Vogelsong held off Milligan's anchor for second place in the event. King's finish in the relay gave the Tornado just enough points to claim a 91.00-87.00 victory over the Buffaloes.
The Tornado featured three second place finishes, two in short distance individual events. Christian Knobloch (Auburn, Wash.) finished second by less than two one-hundredths of a second in the 100 free (51.04) while freshman Reynold Thibideau (Titusville, Fla.) finished second in the 100 back with a 59.13 time. Alek Nochowicz (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) also placed second in the 1000 free with a finish time of 11:10.32.
The Tornado fell to the University of the Cumberlands, 133.00-49.00.
King will compete next on Dec. 1 at Warren Wilson College. The men's team is now 3-7 in dual meets on the year while the women are 4-6. Both teams have now beat Milligan twice out of three times this year.