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Micah McRea
Hickory native Micah McRea has now won six All-American honors in his career.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

L-R Women’s Swimming Finish Fourth, Men Third at SAC Championshi

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming team finished fourth in the first ever SAC Championship. The Bears finished with 881 points while Wingate took home the championship with 2038 points. Carson-Newman finished second while Catawba jumped the Bears on the final day to finish in third place. Emory & Henry finished fifth while Mars Hill came in sixth.

On the final day, the Bears saw two more trips to the podium as Ella Penny finished third in the 200 back with an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:02.73. Penny’s time also broke the school record.

The Bears then finished the championship with a third-place finish in the meets last event the 400 free relay. Penny was joined by Lisa Boernigen, Kayana Taylor and Katherine Hudson to earn the bronze with a time of 3:31.41.

Overall the women’s team had seven top-three finishes in the four0day event along with numerous team and personal records.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team finished third in the inaugural SAC Championship. Wingate took home the team title with 1952 points while Carson-Newman finished runner-up. LR finished third with 1011. Catawba, Mars Hill and Emory & Henry rounded out the standings.

Micah McRea was the highlight again on the final night as the senior won his second event of the four day championship this time in the 200 breast on Saturday. McRea touched the wall with a time of 2:00.38. The time earned McRea another NCAA “B” cut time.

McRea then joined fellow senior Nathan McCormick and two freshman, Renato Herran and Christopher Glebus to finish third in the 400 free relay to conclude the four day championship. The team finished with a time of 3:02.67.

Overall, the Bears had eight top-three finishes as a team while McRea himself earned a trip to the podium each night including two victories. McRea will now prepare for his fourth trip to the NCAA Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana starting on Tuesday March 7th.