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Ella Penny
Ella Penny won the 200-yard freestyle and finished second in the 400-yard individual medley.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Teams Compete at Converse Tri-Meet

In its return to the pool following winter break, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming Team recorded a victory and a defeat in the Converse Tri-Meet.

While the Bears were able to tally a 130-111 result over Wheeling, LR could not upend the host, Converse, which handed the Bears a 139-101 defeat.

Leading the way for LR were Ella Penny, Ann-Cathrine Beissel and Anna Buchert, who each scored 13 points thanks to their individual accomplishments.

Penny, a native of Greer, S.C., notched a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:57.75. The sophomore also came in second in the 400-yard individual medley with a 4:46.45 posting.

Taking the top spot in the 400-yard individual medley was no other than her teammate, Buchert, who tallied a time of 4:45.55. The Spartanburg, S.C. native secured a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.15 in her homecoming performance.

Meanwhile, for Beissel, the Wuppertal, Germany native took the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle with a 55.10 result. The freshman tacked on a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.54.

The next wave of top showings for LR includes Devin Poteat and Olivia DeRosier. Poteat, a native of Denver, N.C., finished in second place for the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 33.34, while coming in third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.43 to score seven points.

DeRosier, a native of Richmond, Va., recorded a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with her season-best time of 5:27.41. With that performance, the freshman was able to tally six points in the meet.

Making their way onto the podium includes Isabelle Hurd, Katherine Hudson and Trinity Price, who all captured third-place finishes.

Hurd, a senior from Loganville, Ga., recorded her season-best time of 27.65 in the 50-yard freestyle. Hudson, a sophomore from Kernersville, N.C., finished with a time of 29.89 in the 50-yard butterfly. And for Price, the Kings Mountain, N.C. native posted a 1:10.48 time in the 100-yard backstroke.

the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team recorded a solid start to 2024 with two victories in the Converse Tri-Meet.

The Bears displayed two splendid performances by defeating Wheeling, 171-66, and the hosts, Converse, with a 153-100 result.

Levi McRea and Christopher Forsey led the way for the Bears as each tallied two first-place finishes and 18 points.

McRea, a native of Hickory, N.C., notched a new personal best to win the 1650-yard freestyle event with a time of 16:47.52. The sophomore followed up the performance with a season-best time of 54.32 to win the 100-yard backstroke.

Forsey, a native of Concord, N.C., also had a season-best time in the 400-yard individual medley with a 4:24.66 posting. In the 50-yard backstroke, the sophomore recorded a time of 25.04 to take the top spot.

Following the efforts of McRea and Forsey were Matthew Stein and Brooks Higginbotham, who each tallied one first-place result and 13 points in the event.

Stein, a native of Waxhaw, N.C., tallied a season-best time of 24.82 to win the 50-yard butterfly. The sophomore also dialed a second-place finish behind Forsey in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 26.27.

Higginbotham, a native of Auburn, Ala., won the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 56.09. The freshman also came in second to Forsey in the 400-yard individual medley, but not without a new personal best time of 4:30.08.

The Bears additionally had key contributions from Christopher Glebus, Cordin Schrum and Carson Cochrane, who had second place finishes in the event.

Glebus, a native of Greensboro, N.C., recorded two second place finishes in two unique breaststroke events. The sophomore tallied personal-best times of 30.35 and 1:05.56 in the 50-yard and 100-yard races, respectively.

Schrum, a native of Lincolnton, N.C., recorded a new personal best time in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:13.80 posting. While for Cochrane, the freshman earned a time of 4:30.08 in the 400-yard individual medley, which tied Higginbotham for the second-place finish.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Teams will have a quick turnaround as they host Converse along with Emory and Henry on Saturday, Jan. 6. The event is slated to begin at 3 p.m. at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.