LEXINGTON, Ky. – Four finals appearances highlighted women's swimming's performance at the two-day Transylvania Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, at the University of Kentucky Lancaster Aquatic Center.
To go along with Hanover's top performances, the team added a bevy of individual consolation finals appearances as well as top-eight relay races to total 200 points. The Blue and Red placed ninth overall at the invitational. Rhodes (Tenn.) took first place with 850 points.
Below are the recaps of Hanover's performance on each day. The Panthers will return to action during their Winter Trip from Dec. 27 through Jan. 1.
The event of the day for HC was the 100-yard breaststroke, where two Panthers qualified for the finals. Freshman Nora Miodrag (Louisville, Ky.) swam a time of 1:10.36 in the morning prelims before setting a personal record of 1:09.26 in the finals. The freshman placed fifth in the night session. Joining her in the top eight was sophomore Liv Loran (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Loran snuck into the finals after a time of 1:11.25 in the morning race. She then clocked in at 1:11.64 in the championship heat for an eighth-place finish.
Miodrag and Loran were also members on two relay teams. Both competed on the 200-yard medley, and were joined by junior Megan Brandt (Guyton, Ga.) and freshman Sydney Schulok (Cincinnati, Ohio), as the group placed fifth with a season-best time of 1:55.49.
An additional top-five relay finish came in the 200-yard freestyle, where Bradnt, Loran, Schulok and sophomore Meagan Miles (Nabb, Ind.) clocked in at 1:44.43, also a new school record. The quartet of Brandt, Miles, Miodrag and Schulok also placed inside the top eight in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:43.59.
After Day One, Hanover was tied for seventh overall with 65 points.
Loran was back to qualifying for championship swims on Day Two, as the sophomore posted the seventh fastest prelim time in the 100-yard butterfly, 1:03.09. In the night-race, Loran finished in 1:11.14 to place eighth. She added a consolation finals appearance in the 50-yard freestyle, where her best time of the day came in the prelims, 26.35 seconds.
With a season-best time of 25.57 in the prelims, Schulok qualified for the finals of the 50 free. The freshman then clocked in at 25.86 seconds in the finals to finish seventh overall, which was Hanover's highest individual finish on the day.
Loran and Schulok were also apart of the team's top performance, the 400-yard medley relay. The duo was joined by Miodrag and freshman Sydney Ruggles (Westfield, Ind.) in the event, as the group swam to a time of 4:17.70.
Earning a pair of top-15 finishes each were Brandt and Miles. Brandt appeared in both of the consolation championship races for the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, logging times of 1:07.38 and 1:06.10, respectively, in the night session.
Miles placed 14th overall and sixth in the consolation finals heat of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:07.45, a new personal best. The sophomore added a 13th place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, where she posted a mark of 19:27.50, which is a nearly 30-second improvement from her first attempt earlier this season.
Hanover accumulated 135 points on the final day of the invitational but fell two spots in the overall standings.
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