HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's swimming team will make history this week by competing in its first ever Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference swimming & diving championship meet.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers' first appearance at the HCAC-hosted championships will take place in Terre Haute, Ind., at the Vigo County Aquatic Center this Thursday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 16. Prelim competition is slated to begin at 10 a.m. each morning with finals sessions commencing at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The final day, Saturday, will have a senior recognition at 4 p.m., with races following shortly after at 5 o'clock.
THE TEAMS: Six institutions will embark on the second annual HCAC Swimming & Diving Championships. To go along with Hanover, Anderson (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.), Manchester (Ind.), Rose-Hulman (Ind.) and Transylvania (Ky.) will all participate this weekend.
HANOVER AGAINST THE HEARTLAND: The Blue and Red have compiled a 2-4 head-to-head dual meet record against HCAC opponents this season. Hanover earned both of its victories at home, defeating Rose-Hulman back in the fall, 107-95, and Manchester in January, 109-18. The Panthers have head-to-head losses to Anderson, Franklin, Rose-Hulman and Transylvania this season.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: Franklin headlines the competition at the HCAC Championships this week, as the Grizzlies currently hold the top time for all but one of the scheduled events. The Grizzlies, who are 24th nationally on CollegeSwimming.com's dual rankings, also took the inaugural HCAC Championships last year with 631 points.
CollegeSwimming.com has championship rankings available for the conference as well, with Franklin coming in at No. 1, followed by Anderson, Transylvania, Rose-Hulman, Hanover and Manchester. Rose-Hulman was last year's conference runner-up.
LORAN LEADING THE WAY: Sophomore Liv Loran (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has been Hanover's top swimmer for the entire 2018-19 season. Since the calendar turned to 2019, Loran has trended successfully going into the conference meet, winning three races and adding a second-place performance as well. The sophomore has the team's top 50 free time, 25.52 seconds, as well as the squad's best 100 fly (1:03.09), 100 back (1:05.49) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.25).
SCHULOK SWIMMING FREESTYLE: Freshman Sydney Schulok (Cincinnati, Ohio) is arguably HC's top sprint freestyle swimmer, owning the fastest marks for the Panthers in the 100- and 200-yard events. Schulok has season-best times of 56.25 and 2:04.74, respectively, in her team-leading events, as both marks rank among the top 10 in the HCAC this campaign. The freshman joins Loran inside the top eight conference times in the 50 free as well, clocking in at 25.57 back in December at the Transylvania Invitational.
MIODRAG MAKING WAVES: Freshman Nora Miodrag (Louisville, Ky.) returns to the pool this week for the first time since the Transylvania Invite, back on Dec. 1. Through five appearances in the fall, Miodrag won six individual races, mainly competing in the breaststroke events. The freshman has top times of 1:09.26 and 2:36.76 in the 100- and 200-yard distances, respectively. She also has a top 200 individual medley time of 2:15.17, as all three marks rank among the top five fastest in the HCAC this season.
SWIMMING THE EXTRA "MILES": The distance races have been led by sophomore Meagan Miles (Nabb, Ind.) this winter. Miles has the team's top 1650 free time of 19:27.50, which is fourth fastest in the conference this campaign. Since the turn of the calendar year, the sophomore has won the 200 IM twice, as well as the 1000 free. In the 200 IM, Miles has a season-best time of 2:31.26.
BRANDT ON THE BACKSTROKE: Junior Megan Brandt (Guyton, Ga.) has found most of her success this season in the backstroke events. The junior has five top three finishes in the backstroke races this campaign and has top times of 1:05.57 and 2:24.53 in the 100- and 200-yard respectively. Brandt is coming off second place finishes in the 50 back and 50 fly at Rose-Hulman back on Feb. 2, with her 50 back coming in at a season-best time of 31.01 seconds.
Contact: Tyler Jester