CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King University men's swimming team set 10 school records over the weekend at the Fall Frenzy Invitational. Simen Vik set five records, Jabari Ramsey set two, and the Tornado set three relay records.
KING RESULTS: 8th of 12
LOCATION: Mecklenburg Municipal Pool; Charlotte, N.C.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the 500 yard freestyle, Cornelius Cremer broke the school record with a time of 4:59.37.
- However, in the next heat Vik bettered that mark by 11 seconds, finishing in a time of 4:39.35.
- The 400 yard medley relay team of Juan Somoza, Ramsey, Vik and Maximillian Thomas set a school record by 3.4 seconds with a time of 3:30.27.
- Thomas set a personal record with a 50 yard freestyle time of 22.07 seconds. Ethan DeRouis also set a personal record with a time of 22.45 seconds.
- In the 500 yard freestyle, Alek McRae set a personal record with a time of 5:04.48.
- Somoza finished 11th in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.90.
- Vik set another school record, touching the wall in 4:01.55 in the 400 individual medley. That set a school record by three seconds.
- Ramsey set a school record by three seconds in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 56.67 seconds.
- A pair of relay records fell as well, the 200 yard medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.
- The 800 yard relay team of Somoza, Vik, Cremer and Thomas finished in 7:02.28.
- In the 200 yard medley relay, the group of Thomas, Ramsey, Somoza and DeRouis finished in 1:36.46.
- DeRouis set a personal record in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 54.93 seconds.
- Thomas also set a personal best with a 200 yard freestyle time of 53.34 seconds.
- Vik capped the weekend with three school records on Sunday. He set the 1000 yard freestyle record by 30 seconds during the 1650 yard freestyle.
- He finished the 1650 yard freestyle in 16:23.23, setting the school record by more than one minute.
- In the 200 yard butterfly, Vik set the school record by four seconds, finishing in 1:54.67.
- Ramsey set a new school record in the 200 yard breaststroke by 10 seconds with a time of 2:05.92.
- Thomas set a 200 yard backstroke personal best time of 1:56.53.
- McRae and Cremer each set personal records in the 1650 yard freestyle. Cremer touched the wall in 16:51.34 and McRae finished in 17:57.46.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
"Some solid swimming from King University on day one," head coach James Graves said. "We rested for a week and are swimming close to our best times which is a good sign for us. This has been a great test for our team so far, and we are having a great time competing together. I look forward to what the next two days bring for King swimming"
"Another great day of racing for the King University swim team with four more team records falling today, as well as three swims in finals against NCAA Division I teams," Graves said. "Everyone continues to learn more about what it takes to race at a high level, as well as learning to be resilient through adversity. It was a great day to be a Tornado!"
"Today was our best day of racing all weekend, which is hard to do on the last day of the meet," said Graves. "I was very pleased with how swam overall this weekend. We represented King University with class, and our upperclassmen continue to do a great job leading this young team to new heights. Special thanks to our outstanding parents whose support was fantastic this weekend. Go Tornado!"
- The Tornado are in action again on January 11 when they take on Mars Hill University.