By: Andrew Korba
GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Hiram College men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the first day of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships hosted by Denison.
The women's squad sits in ninth of nine teams with 102 points and the men are in 10th of 10 teams with 88 points.
On the women's side of competition, Kenyon holds the lead with 622 points, Denison is second with 583 points and DePauw (Ind.) is third with 332 points.
Senior Rachel Patten (Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta) paced the Terriers with a 22nd place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:22.94.
Patten also teamed with junior Meredith Fitschen-Brown (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing), juniorEmily Kelly (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) and sophomore Jenni Heid (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) for a ninth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:50.28.
Senior Marian Bade (Macungie, Pa./The Perkiomen School), Patten, Fitschen-Brown and Heid touched ninth in the 400-yard medley relay in 4:36.27.
Denison holds the lead after the first day of competition on the men's side with 653.5 points. Kenyon is second with 572.5 points and DePauw (Ind.) rounds out the top three with 320 points.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, senior Danny Essel (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid), junior Jamal Hill(Inglewood, Calif./Juniperro Serra), sophomore Jory Gomes (Elk Grove, Calif./Consumres Oaks) and freshman Reeve Bowling (Minneapolis, Minn./Thomas Jefferson) finished 10th in 1:37.15.
The same team of four also registered a 10th place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:01.57.
The championships will resume on Friday with preliminaries taking place at 10 a.m. and the finals getting started at 6:30 p.m.