LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover men's swimming team competed in the two-day Transylvania Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, placing ninth with 108 total points.
The Panthers' success mainly came in the relay events, where they posted top eight finishes in three races. Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe, Rose-Hulman, took first place in the team standings with 1,003.5 points.
Below are the recaps of Hanover's performance on each day. Hanover will return to action during its Winter Trip from Dec. 27 through Jan. 1.
Highlighting the opening day of action for the men were a pair of relay events, the 800-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley. The Panthers clocked in at 7:42.17 to place seventh in the 800 free relay, while the 200 medley saw HC place eighth with a time of 1:44.70, a new season best.
Junior Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was a member of both relay teams, as he also qualified for the 100-yard freestyle consolation finals. The junior improved his prelim time of 50.14 seconds to 49.42 later in the day, jumping up to an 11th place finish overall and third place mark in the consolation championship. Maldeney was also a member of a 200-yard freestyle relay that placed ninth with a time of 1:32.12.
Joining Maldeney on all three relay teams was freshman James Moll (Tipton, Ind.). Moll added a consolation finals appearance in the 200-yard backstroke as well. After posting a time of 2:13.10 in the prelims, the freshman improved to 2:10.04 in the night session, placing 11th overall and third in the consolation championship.
Freshmen Louis Holbrook (Greenfield, Ind.), Will Morgan (Lapel, Ind.) and Kyle Pfaffenberger (Seymour, Ind.) competed on the top-eight finishing relay teams as well. Pfaffenberger was on the 200 medley, while also leading the team in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.58, a collegiate best for the freshman.
Holbrook was a member of both of the stellar relay teams. The freshman competed in the 200-yard butterfly prelim as well.
Morgan raced in the strong 800 free relay, while also partaking in the 200 free relay event. The freshman added an appearance in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke as well.
Overall, Hanover totaled 30 points on Day One.
The final day of the invitational saw Hanover place seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The group of Holbrook, Maldeney, Moll and Morgan recorded a mark of 3:24.51. Moll went on to be the lone Panther to qualify for a consolation finals race individually, as his time of 59.91 seconds in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke had him in 11th place. The freshman went on to post a time of 59.60 in the finals to place third in his heat.
Maldeney nearly qualified for the consolation finals in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.57, but then lost in a swim-off for the final spot. Freshman Zach Stringer (Hebron, Ky.) added a personal record in the 50 free, 23.39 seconds.
Logging a pair of top-20 individual finishes was freshman Davis Guthier (Fort Thomas, Ky.). Guthier's day was highlighted by the 1,650-yard freestyle, where he placed 15th with a time of 17:59.74. The freshman raced to a 1:55.59 finish in the 200-yard free, placing 19th overall.
The Panthers tallied 78 points on the final day of the meet.
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