TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover women's swimming team wrapped up its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, placing fourth in the overall standings.
The final day of competition got off to a strong start with freshman Sydney Schulok (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Liv Loran (Fort Wayne, Ind.) posting top five prelim times in the 100 free. Schulok touched in a season-best time of 54.64, while Loran followed at 55.82. The duo went on to finish fourth and fifth in the finals with times of 54.80 and 55.08. Loran's night swim set a new personal record.
Setting a 10-second personal record in the 200 breaststroke prelim was freshman Hailee Holberton (New Palestine, Ind.), as she swam the race in 2:42.89. In the finals, Holberton improved from her morning time to 2:39.85, good enough for eighth overall.
The 200 backstroke was another strong event for HC, as freshman Nora Miodrag (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Megan Brandt (Guyton, Ga.) each qualified for the consolation finals. The duo placed seventh and 11th overall, as the two swims saw personal-best times by each, 2:15.94 and 2:19.94, respectively. Sophomore Kaleigh Grayson (Charlestown, Ind.) also logged a nine-second PR in the event, clocking in at 2:31.42.
The quartet of Holberton, Loran, Miodrag and Schulok placed fourth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:45.04. The group bested its seeding mark by 20 seconds.
Freshman Michela Diem (Versailles, Ind.) led the Panthers in the 200 fly, where she placed seventh in the prelims and finals. Diem went 2:44.03 in the morning before improving to 2:40.75 in the consolation finals.
The three-day event at the Vigo County Aquatics Center saw the Panthers accumulate 282 points to finish higher than Transylvania (268) and Manchester (134) in the team standings. Franklin won its second straight HCAC championship with 796 points, while Rose-Hulman and Anderson rounded out the top three with 339 and 320 points, respectively.
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