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Levi McRea
Hickory native Levi McRea won a pair of events in the season finale.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Teams Competes Against Milligan and UNC-Pembroke

In its final meet of the calendar year, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming Team came up short in a tri-meet event at home against UNC Pembroke and Milligan.

The best results on the day for the Bears came in the relay events when they manufactured third place finishes in the 400-yard individual medley and 400-yard freestyle.

In the individual medley relay event, the combined team of Ella Penny, Devin Poteat, Ann-Cathrine Beissel and Anna Buchert swam for a time of 4:12.11. In the freestyle relay event, the same group of LR swimmers registered a time of 3:50.18.

In addition to their success on the relay events, Buchert finished fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke event with a time of 2:43.68 while Penny recorded a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:26.78 posting. Poteat also notched a fifth-place time of 2:02.97 in the 200-yard freestyle race.

One of the best individual races for the Bears was the 1000-yard freestyle event, where Isabelle Hurd and Katelyn Toelle finished in the Top 5. Hurd slightly bested out Toelle for fourth place with a time of 11:57.19 while Toelle settled for fifth place with a time 12:06.46.

The Bears also recorded some solid finishes in the backstroke events with Olivia DeRosier and Kara Bryant placing in the Top 5 for the 100-yard and 200-yard events, respectively. DeRosier finished fourth with a time of 1:05.27 while Bryant secured fifth with a time of 2:24.55.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team came up short in a dual meet at home against Milligan.

Levi McRea was the lone Bear to win an event in the competition thanks to his time of 9:51.59 in the 1000-yard freestyle. The sophomore also recorded a time of 2:16.31 to finish second in 200-yard breaststroke.

In those same events that McRea competed in, Jacob Chapman finished fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:47.39. Meanwhile, Jake Simpson finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:31.30.

While there was only one relay event on the day, McRea was joined alongside Simpson, Cordin Schrum and Davis Hull on the “B” team to finish fifth in the 400-yard individual medley relay, with a time of 3:49.33. In the same race, the LR “A” team finished third with a time of 3:38.23; that group was made up of Renato Herran, Christopher Forsey, Matthew Stein, and Christopher Glebus.

Herran recorded two second place finishes in the meet for his performances in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley. The sophomore notched a time of 1:47.54 in the freestyle event while putting together a performance of 2:02.45 in the individual medley.

In the 200-yard freestyle race, Forsey tallied a fourth-place time of 1:50.25. The sophomore also participated in the 100-yard butterfly, where he finished fifth with a 55.36 posting.

Meanwhile, for Glebus, the sophomore recorded a third-place time of 53.43 in the 100-yard butterfly while also taking second place in the 100-yard backstroke event with a 53.70 result.

The list continues for LR swimmers with multiple Top 5 finishes starting with Brooks Higginbotham. The freshman finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 2:06.78. In the 200-yard individual medley, Higginbotham took fifth place with a 2:09.37 performance.

For Michael Caram, the freshman had the best LR time of 2:19.50 in 200-yard backstroke to finish in fourth place. In the 50-yard freestyle event, Caram just finished in the Top 5 with a time of 25.21.

Both the LR women and men’s swimming teams will return to action on Friday, Jan. 5, for a dual meet against Converse in Spartanburg, S.C.