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Micah McRea
Hickory native Micah McRea had one of the top finishes of the weekend for the Bears, finishing sixth in the 200 IM.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Dominates in Home Opener

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming won each and every event for the second straight event to open their 2022-23 season. On Friday evening, the Bears defeated Mars Hill and Converse to win the Lenoir-Rhyne Tri-Meet.

The Bears won both relays to bookend the meet. To start the event, Lenoir-Rhyne won the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Ella Penny, Kayana Taylor, Lisa Boernigen and Elizabeth Bowman with the time of 1:53.42. Taylor and Penny than joined Riche Putnam and Anna Harshaw to win the 200 Free Relay to finish the sweep with a time of 1:44.49.

On the individual side, seven Bears won events on Friday in the Bears home opener. Camille Brown got the Bears going with a win in the 1000 Free with a time of 11:27.53. Five different Bears won the freestyle events. After Brown won the 1000 Free, Taylor won the 200 Free, Putnam took home the 50 Free and Boernigen won the 100 Free with Bowman finished the sweep in the 500 Free.

Harshaw won the 100 and the 200 Breast. Harshaw had a time of 2:37.69 in the 200 Breast and 1:11.19 in the 100 Breast. Penny sweeped the 100 and 200 Back. Penny had a time of 1:01.46 in the 100 and 2:21.21 in the 200.

Boernigen is coming off the SAC Swimmer of the Week Winner as the All-American won three events on Friday. Boenigen won the 200 Fly and 200 IM along with the 100 Free as mentioned.

With winning all 14 events, the Bears defeated Mars Hill 203-52 and beat Converse 194-63.

Meanwhile, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team, coming off their season opener win at the Guilford Invitational, stayed hot with their victory over Mars Hill on Friday night inside Shuford Pool. Micah McRea won three events while five different Bears won events as the Bears defeated Mars Hill 156-85 to win their home opener.

McRea, coming off four victories to open their season, won three more on Friday night. McRea won 100 and 200 Breast then took home the 200 IM with a time of 1:55;58.

Levi McRea won his first event as a Bear with a victory in the 200 Back. Renato Herran took home the 200 Free with a time of 1:45.97. Nathan McCormick with a time of 55:26 won the 100 Back and Owen Schreiber took home the 100 Free with a time 2:00.57.

The Bears won 9 of 14 events on the evening including both relays. In the 200 Medlay Mccormick, Herran, Micah McRea and Christopher Glebus won than Glebus, McCormick joined Levi McRea and Christopher Forsey to send the fans home happy with a victory to end the night.

The Bears will head to Catawba for a Tri-Meet with the Indians and Wingate next weekend.