Women's swimming improves in standings after strong second day at HCAC Championships

Photo Credit: Snapshot Treasures Photography
Photo Credit: Snapshot Treasures Photography

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sophomore Liv Loran (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and freshman Hailee Holberton (New Palestine, Ind.) both qualified for the 100 breaststroke finals Friday to highlight Hanover women's swimming's performance on Day Two of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.

Loran set a three-second personal record in the prelims, 1:08.67, to place third overall. Holberton followed with her own PR at 1:13.00, placing sixth and taking the final spot in the finals race. The night session saw both swimmers finish in the same spot as their prelim mark, clocking in at 1:08.48 and 1:12.10, respectively.

The two performances helped lead the Panthers to 116 points on the day, as Hanover jumped up a spot in the team standings to fourth. The Blue and Red currently sit with 203 points, just 23 back from Anderson for third place. Franklin (570) and Rose-Hulman (251) own the top two spots in the standings with just one day of competition remaining.

Loran was joined by junior Megan Bradnt (Guyton, Ga.) and freshmen Nora Miodrag (Louisville, Ky.) and Sydney Schulok (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 200 medley relay, as the squad placed third with a time of 1:52.51. Brandt and Miodrag, along with Holberton and sophomore Meagan Miles (Nabb, Ind.), placed fourth in the final relay event, the 800 freestyle, logging a time of 8:40.75.

Brandt would go on to lead three Hanover swimmers in the 100 fly with times of 1:07.52 and 1:06.19 in the prelims and finals, respectively. She would also post times of 1:05.12 and 1:04.73 in the 100 backstroke, as both individual events led to consolation finals appearances.

Placing fifth in the prelims of the 100 backstroke with a personal-best time of 1:01.39 was Schulok. The freshman touched at 1:02.00 in the finals for a sixth-place showing.

Miodrag added an eighth-place performance in the 100 back, as she posted two times under 1:04. The freshman set a personal record in the 200 free as well, placing ninth in the night session at 2:03.49.

Hanover will look to continue to climb the team rankings on the final day of competition Saturday, Feb. 16. The prelims are set for 10 a.m., while the finals will begin at 5 p.m. after a conference-wide senior recognition.

Contact: Tyler Jester