Feb.14-HIRAM, Ohio- Led by freshman Carlee Lisser, the Hiram College swimming & diving teams competed in the second day of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Thursday.
The day was split into two sections, with preliminary heats of the events in the morning, and the finals of those same events taking place in the evening.
For an individual swimmer, the finals are split in to three different "cuts" with 27 athletes earning the right to swim during the evening's events.
The top nine finishers in an event earn a spot in the "A" cut, which is then followed by 10-18 in the "B" cut and 19-27 in the "C" cut. Each of the 27 places earn points for their team.
Including Wednesday night, in which both the men's and women's teams competed in the 800-freestyle relay final, Lisser totaled (98) points.
Lisser first helped the Terrier 800-freestyle final to a 9th-place finish with a 9:18.15. That time came in 43 seconds faster than their previous seed time. The team also included Jenna Nelson, Nicki Prentler, and Jill Schmidt.
On Thursday, Lisser, Prentler and Schmidt then were joined by Angie Ross in the 200-freestyle relay, finishing the prelims in ninth place. The relay team swam in the finals trimming seconds off their seed time clocking in at 2:00.55.
The foursome then made up the group for the 400-medley final, taking ninth place with a time of 4:48.81, nearly ten seconds faster than their seed time.
Individually, Lisser earned the lone individual finals appearance, grabbing a 26th-place mark in the prelims of the 500-freestyle with a mark of 5:37.70, which was her fastest in her career as a Terrier.
Other notable performances in the prelims included both Ross and Prentler, who competed in the 200-individual medley. Prentler produced her best time as a Terrier, finishing with a mark of 2:50.66. Swimming in her first individual event, Ross finished with a mark of 2:42.95.
On the men's side, the team of Reeve Bowling, Michael Barber, Darien Street and Devin Gear swam in a pair of relays. The quad tallied a 10th-place finish (8:11.03) in the 800-freestyle final on Wednesday night, before posting a 1:38.88 (10th) in the prelims of the 200-freestyle relay.
Individually both Barber and Gear competed in the 500-freestyle. Barber finished first in his heat, posting a season-best time of 5:22.91. Gear, meanwhile captured his Terrier best, posting a 5:52.72.
In both the men's and the women's championships, the host Big Red of Denison University remain ahead of Kenyon College for first place. The Denison women have tallied 705 points, while the men have posted 714.
Hiram will hit the pool on Friday, February 15 for the third day of the NCAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Prelims for the day's events are scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. start, with the finals scheduled for 6:00 p.m.