Day one of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship is in the books for the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s and Men’s Swimming teams. The four-day event is being held at the Fort Mill YMCA at the Complex in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Day one saw the Bears place 4th in the 200 Yard Medley relay to start the final session on Thursday. Kianna Schumacher, Kimberly Scheiber, Elizabeth Bowman, and Lauren Rutherford raced together and finished with a time of 1:47.72 which is a new school record for the relay.
Later in the evening the 200 yard freestyle relay also finished 4th with a time of 1:42.11. That relay consisted of Rutherford, Sarah Helfert, Kelsey Krumanocker and Anna Harshaw.
Helfert, also finished 16th in the 1000 yard freestyle earlier in the night. She improved her time by :15 seconds form the morning session.
The Bears will head into day two tomorrow in 4th place with 194 points.
On the men’s side, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Relay teams finish fourth in both events on Thursday. First, the 200 yard medley relay finished with a 1:32.90 time, which included the team of Jacob Greene, Matthew Dewey, John Ryan and Connor Greene. To close day one, Dewey and Greene were joined by Spencer Ashby and Nathan McCormick in the 200 yard freestyle relay to finish with a 1:24.61 time.
Fourth place was also what sophomore Micah McRea finished in the 200 IM. McRea finished with a 1:49.23 time while Jacob Queen was just a second behind McRea and finished seventh with a time of 1:50.66.
In the 1000 yard freestyle, Alex Ballard finished 11th while Alex Murphy finished 16th. Ballard had a time of 9:55.83 while Murphy came in with a 10:06.32 time.
Spencer Ashby got a NCAA “B” cut time in the 50 freestyle and a new school record with his 20.70 time. Ashby broke the school record in the prelims then minutes later broke his the record again in the consolation heat.
The Bears will head into Day two in fourth place with 231 points.