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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 End Regular Season With Win

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming Team capped off its regular season with a 137-84 dual meet victory Chowan.

LR swept the relay events with first place times in the 400-yard medley (4:14.33) and 400-freestyle (3:47.44) races. Both events were comprised of Ella Penny, Ann-Cathrine Beissel, Devin Poteat, and Anna Buchert.

The success registered in the relay races carried over into the individual events, especially with Poteat and Buchert capturing two victories in their respective events.

Poteat, a native of Denver, N.C., earned victories in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 1:10.77 and 2:30.90, respectively.

Buchert, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., took the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.87, which was only six hundredths of a second faster than Chowan’s Aislinn Kessinger. In the 200-yard butterfly, Buchert registered a time of 2:18.59 to surpass her teammate, Isabelle Hurd, who recorded a time of 2:28.54.

Hurd did get her chance in the final event of the day, the 200-yard individual medley. The senior won the event with a time of 2:24.08, beating Chowan’s Hiba Laknit by nearly four seconds.

Another member of the relay team to win an individual event was Penny, who took the top spot in the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:14.03 posting. The sophomore also recorded a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.33, finishing less than a second behind Chowan’s Ashley Mayes.

Olivia DeRosier, a native of Richmond, Va., captured another individual victory for the Bears with a 11:50.14 time in the 1000-yard freestyle. The freshman bested her fellow teammate and freshman Jenna Malave, who finished second with a time of 12:12.58.

The Bears also stacked up second-place finishes with Trinity Price in the 200-yard freestyle and Sydney Huffman in the 500-yard freestyle. Price, a native of Kings Mountain, N.C., was second to Chowan’s Lina Danna with a time of 2:08.93. Huffman, a native of Hickory, N.C., finished with a time of 6:13.52 behind Chowan’s Danna, who recorded a 5:53.89 posting.

Meanwhile, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team capped off its regular season with a 133-102 dual meet victory over Chowan, giving the Bears five-straight wins heading into next month’s conference championships.

LR swept the relay events with first place times in the 400-yard medley (3.37.40) and 400-yard freestyle (3:23.11) races. Both events were comprised of Matthew Stein, Renato Herran, Christopher Forsey, and Christopher Glebus.

Building off his success in the relay events, Forsey tallied two individual wins in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke. In his first race, the Concord, N.C. native recorded a time of 1:51.17 to take the top spot in the freestyle. Then, in the backstroke, the sophomore delivered a 2:18.43 posting to edge out teammate Davis Hull (2:25.06) for the victory.

Herran also picked up an individual victory in the 100-yard butterfly event. The sophomore registered a time of 53.41 to win the race by nearly three seconds. In the 100-yard freestyle, Herran finished second to Chowan’s Aleksei Belolipetskii, who had a time of 48.15.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Glebus took a second-place finish with his recorded time of 2:04.97. The sophomore also finished behind Chowan’s Belolipetskii, who finished with a time of 2:03.52.

Levi McRea had two individual victories in the 1000-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. The sophomore posted a time of 10:06.96 in the freestyle, which was over 25 seconds faster than the runner-up and teammate Brooks Higginbotham, who notched a 10:32.23 time. In the backstroke, McRea recorded a time of 1:58.20, clearing the competition by over six seconds.

The Bears also stacked up second-place finishes with Carson Cochrane in the 100-yard breaststroke and Jake Simpson in the 500-yard freestyle. Cochrane, a native of Keller, Texas, was second to Chowan’s Belolipetskii with a time of 59.57. Simpson, a native of Gastonia, N.C., finished with a time of 5:22.71 behind Chowan’s Dimitrije Markovic, who recorded a 5:13.94 posting.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women and Men’s Swimming Team will return to the pool for the SAC Championships, slated to take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from Feb. 14-17 in Greensboro, N.C.