Bechtel Qualifies for NAIAs, Cumberlands Sinks Asbury Swimming
WILMORE, Ky. - Friend Bechtel punched a ticket to the NAIA national swim meet with his 200 Free win but the Eagles ultimately dropped the contest, however, as both the men and the women came up on the losing end of things.
Bechtel beat out teammate Tommy Otley in the 200 Free as he posted a time of 1:48.23 to earn nine points in the team standings. Otley (1:49.77) finished just over 1.5 seconds behind Bechtel and just over half a second in front of Cumberlands swimmer Justin Natyzak.
In the 200 backstroke, Bechtel took second. His 2:01.08 time was just .2 seconds behind front runner Joe Brinkman from UC. Stuart Iverson finished in fourth place in the event.
Cody Barnes was another AU swimmer to turn in a strong performance. The junior from Lawrenceburg, Ind., took second in the 50 free (26.12) and second in the 100 free (57.19). In the 50, Barnes finished half a second behind and half a second in front of two Cumberlands swimmers. In the 100 free, Barnes beat out third place finished Jacob Courey by nearly a second but couldn't close the .8-second gap to garner first.
In the end, the Eagles' men dropped the team decision 128-75.
For the women, the highlights of the day came from Abby Oberholtzer. She, too, took two runner up results. In the 50 free, her 26.12 was half a second slower than first place Melissa Peplinski (25.64). In the 100 free, Oberholtzer was beat out by a half second again by Peplinski, but still picked up four points for her team.
The women also dropped their team decision in similar fashion, 124-71.
The Eagles will return to the pool in nearby Danville, Ky., against Centre College on January 31 at 6 p.m.
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