Pitt Leads UWF on Day 2 of NSISC Championships

first_imgFriday will feature the 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 1-Meter Diving, and 800 Free Relay. A swimming prelim session will begin at 10 am, diving prelims will be at 1 pm, and the finals session will start at 5 pm at the DSU Aquatics Center.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Pitt’s 4:22.47 in the 400 IM was not only her second school record of the week, but also the sixth-fastest in Division II this year. The win marked her second NSISC Individual Championship of the week and the third of her career, in a dominant effort that saw her pace the field by nearly six seconds. The senior never left any doubt in the race, taking off and leading the field by nearly a full second after the first 50-yard leg and leading by more than two seconds at the halfway point in the swim. The 400 Medley Relay team had perhaps the most dominant swim of the night, with Pia Hulley, Morgan Ayers, Grace Sommerville, and Taby Read-Cayton swimming a 3:43.91 – good for the fifth-fastest time in DII this year, and shattering the school record by nearly three seconds. The time was also just 0.32 seconds from the NSISC and DSU pool records of 3:43.59, posted by Delta State in 2016. Each of UWF’s four legs was the fastest or second-fastest in the pool during the swim, with Read-Cayton and Sommerville each outswimming their competitors by nearly a full second. Read-Cayton held her position with a second-place finish in the 100 Fly with a 55.74 that ranks as the third-fastest in school history. Tierney and Burnett finished sixth and eighth in the 200 Free, going 1:51.76 and 1:54.54, and freshman Ardinn Grabenhorst also picked up a podium spot in the 400 IM. She took third with a 4:31.26 that ranks fifth in UWF history, and Ayers earned a seventh-place finish in the race with a 4:33.95. “We had some real bright spots tonight,” head coach Andrew Hancock said. “Some people did great jobs in the morning, and that’s when these meets are won. There is plenty to be excited about and proud of. We figured today would be a little toughter, but we’re in the hunt and that’s where we want to be. Once you’re in the hunt, anything can happen.”center_img CLEVELAND, Miss. – Madeline Pitt won her second individual conference championship with a school record and the 400 Medley Relay team did the same to highlight the University of West Florida swimming and diving team’s second day at the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference Championships in Cleveland on Thursday. UWF stands in second place at the halfway point with 516 points – just behind leaders Lindenwood with 548 points, and with a healthy lead over third place Delta State at 403 points. “We feel that tomorrow is a really good day for us,” Hancock said. “Those are some events that we’ve targeted to really make a mark on the meet. If we can execute, we think the results can be pretty spectacular.” Hulley, Hannah O’Toole, Cora Delgado, and Lauren Johnson picked up 31 total points in the 100 Fly for UWF, and Lauren Harper and Sophia Oliva swam personal bests in the 200 Free, at 1:53.63 and 1:53.79, respectively. Read-Cayton had one of the best all-around nights for any swimmer at the meet, finishing second in the 100 Fly and helping UWF to a silver medal in the 200 Free Relay to start her night. Read-Cayton joined Danica Burnett, Caitlin Tierney and Sophia Oliva to grab second place in the relay, finishing behind Lindenwood by less than a second with Burnett’s 23.38 marking the second-fastest 50-yard leg in the pool.last_img

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