CANTON, OHIO -- Freshman Rachel Patten (Castalia/Margaretta) set two school records in the 1650-yard freestyle and 1000-yard free on the final day of competition of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Kenyon College at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. [NCAC Championship Website]
The Hiram women finished in ninth place overall of nine teams with a final score of 228 points. Denison University captured the conference title with 1,654 total points. Kenyon was second at 1,604.5 points and DePauw (Ind.) University was third with 904.5 points.
Patten was one of seven Hiram swimmers to compete in the finals. Patten competed in the 1650-yard free finishing 11th overall with a time of 18:23.08 setting a Hiram record for the event that was previously held by Julie Kocka (18:37.02) which she set in 2006. Also as part of Patten's 1650 time, she broke the 1000-yard school record with a mark of 11:07.37 which was also previously held by Kocka (11:12.45) which she set in 2005. Three other Terriers also competed in the finals of the 1650-yard free. Freshman Marian Bade (Macungie, Pa./The Perkiomen School) placed 29th with a time of 20:15.56. Sophomore Emily Anderson (Morgantown, W.Va./University) and senior Meraya Mitchell (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben Metro) competed in the event and posted times of 22:26.15 and 25:01.23 respectively.
In addition, sophomore Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) competed in the finals of the 200-yard breaststoke and placed 24th overall in a time of 2:48.93. Sophomore Megan Mcbratnie (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) and sophomore Becca Wright (New Carlisle/Northwestern Local) both competed in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly finishing 23rd and 24th with times of 2:43.96 and 2:45.79. The women also competed in the finals of the only relay event of the day with the team of sophomore Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic), senior Jessie Gruden (Sagamore Hills/Western Reserve), Patten and sophomore Carly Daniels (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) placing ninth in the 400-yard free relay in a time of 3:50.67.
The Hiram men finished the three-day event with a team total of 181 points to place 10th of 10 teams. Denison also captured the men's title with 1,704 points. Kenyon was second at 1,515 points and DePauw was third at 987 points.
Individually, five Terrier men competed in the finals on the final day. Junior Job Fields (Chillicothe) competed in the finals in two events that included the 1650-yard free where he finished 21st overall with a time of 17:58.84. He also competed in the 200-yard backstroke and placed 18th in a time of 2:04.43. In addition to Fields in the 1650, freshman Chance Gray (Shippensburg) placed 27th with a mark of 18:45.57 and fellow freshman Christian Kelley (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) finished 29th with a time of 22:17.90. Junior Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston) rounded out the competitors for the men with a 21st-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke posting a time of 2:17.33.
The men also competed in the finals of the 400-yard free relay. Astalos, freshman Mark Stanke (Dover), Fields and senior James DeGroff (Cuyahoga Falls) swam a combined time of 3:20.63 to place 10th overall.