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Anna Buchert
Anna Buchert won the 500-yard freestyle event by over 15 seconds from her nearest competitor.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Teams Host Tri-Meet With Converse, Emory & Henry

For the second time in the same weekend, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Swimming Team split a tri-meet event with a 136-115 victory over Emory & Henry, and a 144-116 defeat to Converse.

In the relay races, Ella Penny, Anna Buchert, Ann-Cathrine Beissel, and Devin Poteat represented LR in both the 400-yard freestyle and individual medley events. The group took the top spot in the freestyle race with a time of 3:47.00 while the team finished second in the individual medley race with a 4:13.55 posting.

Poteat, a native of Denver, N.C., took the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke event with a time of 2:30.95. The sophomore also picked up a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1:10.67, finishing under a second behind Converse’s Laureen Roussel.

Penny, a native of Greer, S.C., also recorded an individual victory with a first-place time of 1:05.15 in the 100-yard backstroke, outdueling Converse’s Kaitlin Williams (1:06.51) and teammate Katherine Hudson (1:06:64). The sophomore also had a second-place result in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:16.62.

Buchert, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., finished first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:25.02, which was roughly 15 seconds faster than Converse’s Julia Beebe, who finished as the runner-up. The freshman also finished five tenths of a second behind Emory & Henry’s Mack Barnett in the 200-yard freestyle race with her time of 2:01.32.

Beissel, a native of Wuppertal, Germany, recorded two top three finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events. In the 100-yard race, Beissel recorded a third-place finish thanks to her 1:03.74 result.

The freshman’s best finish came in the 200-yard butterfly with a second-place time of 2:27.65. That time was nearly five seconds faster than third-place finisher and teammate Isabelle Hurd, who produced a time of 2:32.34.

In the 1000-yard freestyle event, Katelyn Toelle recorded a second-place time of 12:03.29. That performance is a new season best for the Hanahan, S.C. native.

In its second tri-meet of the weekend, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team completed a 4-0 stretch with victories over Emory & Henry, 178-64, and Converse, 168-82.

The Bears started off the event in impressive fashion by finishing first and second in 400-yard individual medley relay; the “A” team edged out the “B” team by seven seconds with its time of 3:40.41.

That would not be the only successful relay event for the Bears as they also finished first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:20.19. Both of those first-place finishes were comprised of Matthew Stein, Renato Herran, Christopher Glebus, and Christopher Forsey.

Herran, a native of Plantation, Fla., also took two first-place finishes in the butterfly events. First, in the 200-yard race, the sophomore recorded a time of 2:06.99 beating out Converse’s Kirill Lyzhin (2:10.89) and his teammate, Jacob Chapman (2:24.73), who slid into the top three. In the 100-yard event, Herran finished with a time of 53.13 which gave him his fourth winning time of the day.

Forsey, a native of Concord, N.C., also earned an individual victory with a time of 2:04.55 in the 200-yard individual medley. The time was four seconds faster than the runner-up, Stein, who finished with a 2:08.40 performance.

Stein, a native of Waxhaw, N.C., also finished with the second-best time in the 100-yard backstroke with a 56.52 posting. Jake Simpson, a native of Gastonia, N.C., placed right behind Stein with a third-place time of 57.30.

Glebus, a native of Greensboro, N.C., joined the list of LR swimmers that pulled out multiple individual victories. In the 200-yard freestyle, the sophomore dialed up a time of 1:47.63 which was nearly seven seconds faster than the runner-up and fellow teammate, Cordin Schrum, who finished with a 1:54.23 posting.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Glebus recorded a time of 4:58.49 to earn his fourth victory of the day. The time was nearly three seconds faster than his teammate, Brooks Higginbotham, who finished second with a 5:01.75 posting.

Higginbotham, a native of Auburn, Ala., also recorded a second-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:21.18. That performance was runner-up to Levi McRea who won the event with a 10:03.79 posting.

McRea, native of Hickory, N.C., was another LR swimmer to capture multiple individual victories. The sophomore won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.84.

In the breaststroke events, Davis Hull and Carson Cochrane earned top three finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard races. Hull, a native of Charlotte, N.C., recorded a first-place time of 2:23.26 in the 200-yard breaststroke and a second-place time of 1:05.53 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

For Cochrane, the Keller, Texas native finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:25.00. The freshman finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:05.53 posting.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Teams will wrap up its regular season on Saturday, Jan. 13, as the Bears host Chowan in a dual meet.