TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The opening day of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference swimming & diving championships saw the Hanover women post numerous personal records en route to 87 total points.
With some of its fastest times all season long, the Panthers sit in fifth place after the opening day of action at the Vigo County Aquatic Center but are within single digits of a top three placement and 13 points shy of second place. Franklin, the defending champion, is out in front with two days remaining after a 263-point performance Thursday.
Sophomore Liv Loran (Fort Wayne, Ind.) earned Hanover's top individual finish Thursday, placing sixth overall in the 50 free. With a personal-record time of 25.22 in the prelims, Loran qualified for the finals. She followed it up with a time of 25.29 in the night session.
Loran was joined by junior Megan Brandt (Guyton, Ga.), and freshmen Hailee Holberton (New Palestine, Ind.) and Sydney Schulok (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 200 freestyle relay, where the group placed second, touching the pad at 1:41.21. Hanover's time was three seconds faster than its seed mark and was led by sub 25-second legs from Loran and Schulok.
Like Loran, Schulok found success in the 50 free, placing seventh in the prelims and finals, posting times of 25.30 and 25.47, respectively. Her morning performance set a new season best time for the freshman. Additional 50 free performances came from junior Liz Baltas (Prospect, Ky.) and sophomore Blaise Chaney (Mason, Ohio), who each posted prelim marks under 28 seconds for their fastest times this season.
Sophomore Meagan Miles (Nabb, Ind.) added an eighth-place showing in the 500 free, as well as a ninth-place performance in the 200 individual medley. Miles set season-best marks in both prelim races, 5:37.00 and 2:27.76, respectively. After finishing a second slower in the 500 free, the sophomore improved her 200 IM mark to 2:25.92.
In the final event of the night, the 400 medley relay, the Blue and Red placed fourth with a time of 4:14.39. The same quartet that swam the top 200 free relay finished the night on the "A" team for HC.
The Blue and Red will return to the pool in the morning, as prelims begin at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15. Once again, the finals will be set for 6 p.m. and open with the 200 medley relay.
Contact: Tyler Jester