Union Slips By Men, Women 3rd at Union Invitational
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Eagles swim team returns home from the Union College Invitational with a second place status for the men and third place for the women. Their combined team score placed them second with 439.5 points.
After leading through Day 1 the Asbury men’s swim team was overcome by the Bulldogs in their own pool on Day 2. The Eagles needed just eight points for the win.
On the first day of the invitational, both teams had quite a successful day in the pool as the men were in first and the women were in second after 22 events. The men sat comfortably ahead of the host Union by 22 points and the teams combined were in first at the end of the day.
Day two proved to bring tougher competition as both men and women’s teams fell behind Union College and the women’s team behind Emory & Henry College as well. This left the men with a score of 271 and the women finished with 206.5 points.
Day 1 Highlights
Abby Oberholtzer 6th with NAIA cut
Jake Courey 1st, Joey Zeltwanger 2nd NAIA cut, Cody Barnes 3rd
800 free relay
Women placed 3rd
Men placed 1st. Jimmy Hall qualified for NAIA nationals in the 200 free with the lead off.
Jimmy Hall 2nd, Tommy Otley 3rd, Cody Barnes 4th, and Mikhail Cole 6th
Women 500 free
Kayley Valentien 3rd, Claire Houlton 4th, Rebekah Buchanan 6th, Sara Henderson 7th
Day 2 Highlights
Kayley Valentien 3rd
Jimmy Hall 2nd
Abby Oberholtzer 6th
Cody Barnes 1st, Jake Courey 2nd
Claire Houlton 6th
Friend Bechtel 3rd
Kimberly Gabriel 4th, Sara Henderson 5th, Katie Duncan 6th
Joe Zeltwanger 3rd, Jake Courey 4th, Parker Touchton 5th
Kayley Valentien 4th, Emily Myers 6th
Tommy Otley 2nd, Jimmy Hall 3rd
Caitlin Gagnon 4th, Leah Fanning 5th, Whitney Livesay 6th
Stuart Iverson 1st, Parker Touchton 4th
Rebekah Buchanan 4th, Sara Henderson 5th
Jake Bjork 4th
400 Freestyle Relay
Women placed 3rd
Men placed 1st (Otley, Barnes, Courey, Hall)