Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's swimming team will look to capitalize on its positive momentum as they travel to the Transylvania Invitational this weekend.
The Panthers will be in the pool both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, Dec. 1, prelims will begin at 11:45 a.m., with finals scheduled for 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 2, prelims will start at 10:30 a.m., with finals commencing at 5 p.m.
INVITATIONAL DETAILS: Hanover will be traveling to compete in the Transylvania Invitational, which will include HCAC institutions such as Anderson, Franklin, Rose-Hulman, and host-school Transylvania. Additionally attending will be Rhodes (Tenn.), Sewanee (Tenn.), Oberlin (Ohio), and Wittenberg (Ohio). Competition will take place at Lancaster Aquatic Center at the University of Kentucky, and more information can be found at the link above. The Blue and Red have swam against all of the HCAC schools, having beaten the Rose-Hulman Fighting Engineers in head-to-head action.
MONEY MIODRAG: Freshman Nora Miodrag (Louisville, Ky.) continued her impressive campaign at the Franklin-hosted event two weeks back, both in the relay and solo realms. She helped secure a top three finish for the 200-yard medley relay team, while capturing a pair of top fives in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke.
Miodrag slotted fourth in the 100-yard back with a time of 1:06.41, while coming second in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:37.56. Miodrag has been particularly proficient in the 200-yard breast, as she has the second-fastest time in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this year. In fact, her three times all rank amongst the five quickest in the HCAC. Overall, Miodrag has not finished outside the top five in any individual event this season.
LIVIN THE LIFE: Sophomore Liv Loran (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has become a key cog for the Blue and Red recently and, like Miodrag, has contributed in both relay and individual contests. At Franklin on Nov. 17, Loran was a part of both the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay squads, both of which finished third on the day. Moreover, Loran secured a runner-up spot in the 100-yard backstroke, timing in at 1:05.65.
In the conference ranks, her 100 back time is eighth in the league up to this point. Loran also has strong 50-yard freestyle times, including a 26.17 showing against Anderson (Ind.) earlier in the year. With that, she ranks fifth speediest among her HCAC foes in the event.
SCHULOK SOLID: Freshman Sydney Schulok (Cincinnati, Ohio) shimmied her way into the relays this week, and has been improving her personal marks as well. In each consecutive meet she has raced in the 50-yard freestyle, Schulok has improved her times. In the meet versus Rose-Hulman, her time of 27.19 seconds was good for first in the event. In the four-way contest at Franklin, her time of 26.93 seconds seeded her fifth. Schulok also competed in the 200-yard freestyle race in her last action, and rounded out the top five with a time of 2:10.33.
RELAY RALLY CRY: Both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams have been top performers, as neither squad has placed below third in any race this season. In Franklin, the medley quartet of Miodrag, Loran, and Schulok, along with junior Megan Brandt (Guyton, Ga.) brought home the bronze with a time of 1:59.03, a team-best for the event this year.
Meanwhile, in the 200-yard freestyle relay, Loran, Brandt, and Schulok, along with sophomore Meagan Miles (Nabb, Ind.) slotted third with a time of 1:48.82, which is also an event-best for the Panthers so far.
Contact: Tyler Jester