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Lisa Boernigen
Lisa Boernigen competed in three events at nationals this week.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

L-R Swimming Continues to Advance Up Leaderboard in SAC Championship

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming team jumped into third place, overtaking Catawba on day three of the first-ever SAC Championship. The Bears will take an 18 point over the Indians heading into the final day. Everyone is still chasing Wingate in both the Men’s and Women’s Championship with Carson-Newman in second place.

Lisa Boernigen picked up a silver with her second place finish in the 200 fly. Boernigen had a NCAA “B” cut with a time of 2:05.16.

Kayanna Taylor finished in fifth place and earned her first NCAA “B” cut time in the 500 Free. Ella Penny finished in 8th in the 100 Back with a time of 58.60.

To end the night and jump the Bears into third place was the 800 Free Relay as the team of Boernigen, Penny, Taylor and Madeline Blackwell finished in third place to earn a bronze.

On the Men’s side, the Bears remain in third place with 717 points. Wingate is leading with 1461 while Carson-Newman is in second with 1146. Bears are ahead of 4th place Catawba, who has 533 points. Mars Hill and Emory & Henry are in fifth and sixth respectively.

Levi McRea finished in seventh in the 500 Free on Friday night with a time of 4:39.23 while Renato Herran also had a seventh place finish in the 100 Back.

For the second straight night, Micah McRea earned himself a trip to the podium as the senior on the third night finished third in the 100 Breast. McRea finished with a 54.47 time, which is good for a NCAA “B” cut time and a new school record.

The men concluded their night with a third place finish in the 800 Free relay, the team of Micah McRea, Levi McRea, Christopher Glebus and Herran finished with a time of 6:43.37 to earn the Bears fourth trip to the podium on the evening. Their time also shattered the school record as well.