CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King University men's swimming team had a solid performance at the 2019 Sheraton Le Meridien Fall Frenzy Invitational, finishing 11th. The Tornado set six school records over the three day meet.
KING RESULTS: 11th of 13
LOCATION: Mecklenburg Municipal Pool; Charlotte, N.C.
HOW IT HAPPENED – SUNDAY
- The Tornado had seven individuals reach the finals and set two school records on the final day.
- Jan Kuljak set school records in the 1000 yard freestyle and the 1650 yard freestyle timed finals.
- He swam 11:00.20 in the 100 freestyle and 16:21.48 in the 1650 freestyle.
- The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Kuljak, Maximillian Thomas, Josiah Boyle and Ethan DeRouis finished with a time of 3:14.61 in the finals.
- Kuljak came in with a personal best with a 100 yard freestyle time of 47.21 seconds in prelims.
- Thomas touched the wall in the 200 yard backstroke in 1:54.69 to set a personal record.
- Drew Snider, Jabari Ramsey and Efren Martinez all reached the finals of the 200 yard breaststroke.
- Snider led the way with a personal record time of 2:07.90 while Ramsey came in with a time of 2:09.91. Martinez touched the wall in 2:16.13.
- In the 200 yard butterfly, Dale Bruce finished in a personal record time of 1:56.07.
"We had a great last day with a lot of best times and team records," said head coach James Graves. "This was the fastest meet that we have ever competed, and it was great to race against some top-level competition. Thanks to our parents for coming down and supporting us, and to our seniors who continue to show great leadership. We are looking forward to some time off during Thanksgiving before we start our next phase of competition leading up to the conference championships in February. Go Tornado!"
HOW IT HAPPENED – SATURDAY
- A pair of relay teams made the finals on Saturday, the 200 yard medley relay and the 800 yard freestyle relay. The 200 medley relay team finished in a school record time of 1:35.52 while the 800 medley relay finished in 7:10.95.
- King also had five individuals qualify for the finals, led by Bruce in the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard breaststroke.
- Bruce finished the 100 yard butterfly in a school record time of 51.59 seconds and touched the wall in the 100 yard breaststroke in 59.55 seconds.
- In the prelims, Bruce set a personal record 100 yard breaststroke time of 58.97 seconds.
- In the 200 yard freestyle, Kuljak finished with a school best time of 1:42.10 in the finals.
- Thomas set a pair of school records, the first coming with a 100 yard backstroke time of 52.10 seconds.
- He also registered a 50 yard backstroke time of 24.56 seconds as the leadoff leg in the 200 medley relay finals.
- Snider posted a personal record 100 yard breaststroke time of 58.30 seconds in the finals.
- Also in the 100 yard breaststroke, Ramsey qualified for the finals where he touched the wall in 57.35 seconds.
- In the 400 yard individual medley, Austin Bynum posted a personal best time of 4:53.89.
- Martinez set a personal record with a 100 yard butterfly time of 57.28 seconds.
- Wayne Bilancione recorded a personal record time of 1:55.97 in the 200 yard freestyle.
"Our times are getting faster the more that we race this weekend," said head coach Graves." Today we had some fantastic efforts across the board and were able to break some strong school records as well as put up quite a few lifetime best swims. We are having a great time being together as a team, and are looking forward to one last day of racing!"
HOW IT HAPPENED - FRIDAY
- The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Thomas, Bruce, Boyle and DeRouis finished with a school record time of 1:28.17 to start the day.
- Bruce qualified for the final of the 200 yard individual medley with a prelim time of 1:56.79.
- In the final, Bruce set a personal best with a time of 1:56.43 to finish 26th.
- Bilancione set a personal record, with a 50 yard freestyle time of 23.39 seconds as the leadoff leg of the 200 yard freestyle relay.
- In the 500 yard freestyle, Martinez finished with a personal record time of 5:22.39 in the prelims.
- Along with Bruce in the 200 yard individual medley, Bynum, Snider and Michael Walker also set personal records.
- In the prelims, Snider finished in 2:00.60 while Walker touched the wall in 2:11.87, and Bynum came in with a time of 2:18.74
- Thomas led off the 200 yard freestyle relay with a personal record 50 yard freestyle time of 21.72 seconds.
"I thought we raced hard today and had a good time being together in Charlotte," head coach James Graves said. "A little bit of a mixed bag in terms of overall performance, but some lifetime best swims and two school records is a good first day. I am looking forward to seeing some more great races on Saturday."
- King is in action again on January 18 at Tennessee High School when they take on University of the Cumberlands at 2:00 p.m.