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Hiram Swimmers Conclude Weekend at Wooster Invitational

Hiram Swimmers Conclude Weekend at Wooster Invitational

The Hiram College swimming & diving team worked their way into three individual finals on Saturday, during the third and final day of The College of Wooster Invitational.

On the men's side, sophomore Elijah Skaggs grabbed a 14th-place finish in the prelims of the 100 individual medley with a time of 1:00.51. The sophomore then bested his own time in the finals, going under one minute (59.23) and placing 12th out of a field of 21 total competitors. The finish marked the highest by a Terrier men's swimming over the three-day invite.

On the women's side, both Nicki Prentler and Jenna Nelson found their way into finals heats. Prentler grabbed a 12th-place mark in both the prelims (1:20.96) and the finals (1:19.93) of the 100 individual medley.

Swimming in the 200 breaststroke for just the second time this season, Nelson tallied a 2:36.05 in the prelims, which was good for 21st and a spot in the finals, where she finished 24th. Despite just being the second time this year that she has swam the event, Nelson was less than three seconds behind her top time from last season, in which she finished ninth at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.

In addition to her time in the 200 breast, Nelson competed in the final of the 1650 freestyle, notching a time of 19:53.37, which was good for 25th.

Swimming in the 200 backstroke for the second time this year, Jill Schmidt dropped over four seconds from her previous time, finishing 27th with a 3:05.22.

In the 100 freestyle, freshman Carlee Lisser tallied a mark of 59.47, marking her best collegiate finish, and coming just .05 seconds from a personal best. Kimmy Morrison also tallied her best time of the year in the 100 free, posting a 1:14.66.

On the men's side, Michael Barber put himself to the test in the 1650 for the first time this season, posting a mark of 19:24.78, which was good for 24th. Darrien Street, meanwhile, finished 27th in the 200 fly, posting a mark of 2:33.28.

Swimming in the 100 freestyle for the first time this season, senior Reeve Bowling came less than a second from his personal best, tallying a mark of 50.66.

Both the women's team and the men's competed in the 400 freestyle relay. For the men, the team of Bowling, Street, Barber and Skaggs grabbed a time of 3:40.23. On the women's side, the team of Nelson, Prentler, Lisser and Morrison finished with a 4:32.91. 

Over the course of the three-day event, the Hiram men totaled 103 points, while the women finsihed with 66. 

Case Western Reserve took home the team win for both the women (2163) and the men (2025). Wooster's women grabbed second while Gannon finished third. On the men's side, Gannon secured second place while Westminster finished in third place. 

Having finished the 2018 portion of their schedule, the Terrier swimming & diving team will be back in action on January 19 as they play host to Washington & Jefferson in a non-conference dual-meet. The event is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.