Tornado Swimming Competes at Sewanee Invitational

Tornado Swimming Competes at Sewanee Invitational
SEWANEE, Tenn. – King College Swimming and Diving took to the waters at the 11th Annual Sewanee Invitational on Saturday. Both the men's and women's teams battled a field of 11 teams and each placed sixth in the overall team standings after the two-day event concluded.

The King men's team finished sixth behind Berry College but in front of Warren Wilson College with a final team score of 262 points. Host institution Sewanee: University of the South won the men's open totaling 793 points.

The Lady Tornado swimmers also finished sixth as a team behind fifth place Berry and in front of Berea College. The women finished with a team score of 279.5 points while Sewanee again took the ladies title by finishing with 947 points.

Wayne Oliver (Bristol, Tenn.) brought home King's only individual victories with first place finishes in the 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle. Oliver made a habit of coming out on top in close races in both victories. In the fly, he edged out Wes Miller (University of the Cumberlands) by 0.34 seconds with a 24.35 time. His second victory was by an even smaller margin when in the 50-yard freestyle (22.12) he held off Milligan College's Tjard Neumann by 0.15 of a second. Oliver also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (49.05), finishing 0.09 seconds behind the winner.

Oliver was also a part of the four-man relay team that finished third in the 100-yard freestyle relay race. William Copeland, Taylor Thornton and Cameron Buckley joined Oliver to combine for a 43.02 time.

Distance swimming Alek Nochowicz (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) placed sixth in a field of 17 racers in the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:21.38 and Daniel Pope finished in a tie for fifth place in the 50-yard butterfly.

Kelsey Wiese (Gallatin, Tenn.) highlighted to women's side with a pair of second place finishes in her individual events. In the 50-yard backstroke, she timed out at 29.06 and in the 100-yard backstroke she finished 1:03.23.

Wiese also was the third leg of the 100-yard freestyle relay team that finished in first place. Kelsey Copeland, Malorie McBride, Grace Bier and Wiese combined for a 50.54 time in the race to earn the women their lone win of the open.

Copeland, a native of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., finished high in a large field of swimmers in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:08.11.

The Tornado will return to Bristol for their next meet at Tennessee High School when King hosts Milligan and the University of the Cumberlands on Nov. 12. The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m.