Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's swim team will look to continue its positive momentum as they hit the road to face Rose-Hulman at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.
DELIVERING IN DUALS: The Panthers' bout with the Fightin' Engineers will be their sixth dual of the season, having previously squared off with Anderson (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.), Manchester (Ind.), Thomas More (Ky.) and Transylvania (Ky.). The Blue and Red are 4-1 in these, suffering their lone loss to the Franklin Grizzlies in a double-dual on Nov. 17.
MALDENEY MOVING UP: Junior Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has been an strongpoint for the men's side, bringing life to solo and relay events alike. At the Transylvania Invitational on Dec. 2, he finished third in the consolation 100 yard freestyle with a time of 49.42 seconds. He was also a part of the 200 yard medley and 200 yard free relay teams that each placed top 10 with times of 1:41.70 and 1:32.12, respectively.
At Manchester, Maldeney was a part of two mixed relay squads in the 200 yard medley and 200 yard free, each winning with respective times of 1:51.48 and 1:42.45.
STRINGING IT TOGETHER: Freshman Zach Stringer (Hebron, Ky.) has posted solid showings in each of the past two outings. At Transylvania, Stringer swam a personal-best in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.39 seconds. Against the Pioneers, he was also a component of the 200 yard freestyle relay squad.
Against the Spartans, Stringer registered a solo victory in the 50 yard freestyle, crossing the line at 23.70 seconds. He also swam a PR in the 100 yard butterfly, where he was runner-up at a time of 1:04.02.
MOLL MAKING MOVES: Freshman James Moll (Tipton, Ind.) showed out against Manchester, as he recorded a personal-best in the 50 meter freestyle with a 23.74 finish that was good for second place. He claimed victory in the 100 yard backstroke, leading the pack at 1:00.64. The previous meet, at Transylvania, Moll was a member of the 200 yard medley relay team and on the individual side finished third in the consolation 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:10.04.
SCOUTING ROSE-HULMAN: The Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers have had a solid season thus far, accruing a 15-8 slate in duals this year. Rose-Hulman has also taken part in two invitationals in conjunction with the Panthers, slotting third or better in both instances. For their performance, the men are ranked 40th in the nation by Collegeswimming.com for dual meets and 24th in the country for championship meets. At the Transylvania Invitational on Dec. 1, the Fightin' Engineers gained victory over eight different institutions and four HCAC schools. Overall, the Fightin' Engineers have not placed below third in any event that they have taken part in over the campaign.
In the 2017-18 season, Rose-Hulman became the inaugural HCAC Conference Champions for swimming and diving after previously being an affiliate member of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). During the end of their time in the CCIW, the Fightin' Engineers won two championships in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
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