Eagles Take 2nd at Conference Championships
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Asbury’s women were unable to come back from down 30 points after the first day of the Appalachian Swim Conference Championships, snapping a four-year win streak in the meet. The women and the men both finished second behind Wheeling Jesuit. This is the second straight year the men finished second after winning the meet in 2010.
The women tallied 510 points as Wheeling Jesuit won the meet with 556.5. The Eagles had to hold off Notre Dame College who finished 3rd with 489.5 points. Asbury had nine top-8 finishers in the six individual races on the day, three coming in the 400 IM.
Larissa Martin finished fifth in the 400 IM with a 4:49.80. Right behind Martin were teammates Ranay Ray (6th – 4:51.05) and Elizabeth Johns (8th – 4:55.38). Martin went on to take 6th in the 200 free with a 2:00.77. Ray placed 7th in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.05.
The women also had two top-8 finishers in the 200 breast and 100 fly events. Hillary Fisher and Amber Parsons finished 6th and 8th in the 200 breast while Taryn Albright and Abi Oberholtzer placed 3rd and 6th in the 100 fly. Asbury placed 5th in the 200 Medley Relay, the only relay of the day.
The men held off Union (Ky.) for second place for the second straight year. The Eagles total of 408 was significantly behind Wheeling Jesuit’s 645. Union finished with 370 points and Mars Hill College was 4th with 358 points.
Danny Bowman placed second in the mile with a time of 16:29.41 and also took 3rd in the 400 IM with a time of 4:14.68. Trevor Ehrenheim and Andrew Wingert also placed in the top-8 in the 400 IM with Ehrenheim placed 5th and Wingert took 7th.
Pat Armstrong also picked up a 2nd place finish, finishing behind Hudson Tucker from Mars Hill in the 100 back with a time of 52.68. Tucker finished in a meet record 49.61. Tyler Decker and Cody Barnes would each place 8th, Decker in the 200 free and Barnes in the 200 breast. The men placed 5th in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:38.85.
The men and women will travel to Oklahoma City for the NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championships beginning on February 29. The Eagles won’t compete until March 1 as only the 3m diving event will be held on February 29.