TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men's swimming team continued its strong showing at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships Friday, staying in third place after two days of competition.
The Panthers tallied 74 points Friday at the Vigo County Aquatics Center, moving their team total up to 153 points. Franklin and Rose-Hulman are both over 400 points with one day remaining in the meet.
Highlighting the performance for the Blue and Red Friday were the two relay events. In the first race of the finals session, the quartet of junior Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and freshmen Louis Holbrook (Greenfield, Ind.), James Moll (Tipton, Ind.) and Will Morgan (Lapel, Ind.) posted a time of 1:39.45 in the 200-yard medley to place third overall. Holbrook and Maldeney posted the fastest two legs, including Maldeney's 21.34-second mark in the freestyle swim.
The 800 free relay also saw HC place third, as Holbrook, Maldeney, Morgan and freshman Davis Guthier (Fort Thomas, Ky.) clocked in at 7:21.28. Two of the Panthers' four legs recorded stints under 1:50.
Holbrook went on to post HC's top individual finish in the 200 freestyle. The freshman touched in 1:47.91 in the prelims, a seven-second improvement on his previous personal record. In the night session, Holbrook swam in 1:47.83, improving his PR from the morning and placing eighth overall.
In the 100 backstroke, Moll posted a personal-record time of 56.90 in the finals to place ninth. The freshman logged a 57.12-second performance in the morning session to qualify for the consolation finals.
The 100 breaststroke saw two swimmers set personal records in Morgan and freshman Kyle Pfaffenberger (Seymour, Ind.). Morgan was 12th in the prelims and finals, as his morning time of 1:01.79 set a six-second improvement on his previous best mark. Pfaffenberger placed 13th in the prelims with a time of 1:03.26.
Hanover will conclude play at the HCAC Championships Saturday, Feb. 16. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m., with the finals set to start at 5 p.m. after a conference-wide senior recognition.
Contact: Tyler Jester