KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The action was fierce on the second day of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Meet as several races were decided by a fraction of a second.
The AAC Championship Meet is being held at the Kingsport Aquatic Center in the HMG Competition Pool in Kingsport, Tenn.
Asbury University continues to lead the women's field, taylling 382 total points. West Virginia University Institute of Technology is second at 341 with Columbia College taking sole possesion of thrid with 310 points. Union College (303), Milligan College (239.5), St. Andrews University (223.5), and Point University (163) round out the field.
In the men's competition, WVU Tech maintains its lead as it has racked up 449 points. St. Andrews moved into second with 400 points with Asbury third at 391. Union (309), Milligan (219), and Point (189) completed the standings.
There was a bevy of tight races, and it all began with the Women's 200 Freestyle Relay. Asbury edged out St. Andrews for the win by a mere 0.06 seconds. Asbury touched the wall in 1:40.36 with St. Andrews checking in at 1:40.42. In the Men's 400 IM, Asbury's Keith Jesse bested Union's Ivar de Jong by 0.31 seconds in winning with a time of 4:06.27. The Women's 100 Butterfly saw Fran Meyer of WVU Tech edged out Tarryn Holmes of St. Andrews by 0.39 seconds as she won in 58.91 seconds. In the Men's 100 Buttlerfly, Georgi Krastev of St. Andrews won by 0.31 seconds over WVU Tech's Geoffroy Gauneau. A pair of Asbury teammates battled it out for first in the Women's 200 Freestyle with Claire Goodrum besting Leah Haeuber by 0.25 seconds. In the Men's 200 Freestyle, St. Andrews' Juan Patino was 0.43 seconds better than WVU Tech's Manuel Laguna Gomez. Krastev pulled out another narrow victory, winning the Men's 100 Backstroke by 0.32 seconds over Asbury's Clay Bisher.
But the closest finish of all came in the final race of the day: the Men's 400 Medlay Relay. WVU Tech tapped the wall only 0.05 seconds ahead of St. Andrews to take the win.
Here is the full list of the day's individual champions:
- Men's 3 Meter Diving - Timothy Pitts, Union (179.03 points)
- Women's 200 Freestyle Relay - Asbury (1:40.36)
- Men's 200 Freestyle Relay - St. Andrews (1:24.94)
- Women's 400 IM - Megan Monahan, Columbia (4:46.47)
- Men's 400 IM - Keith Jessee, Asbury (4:06.27)
- Women's 100 Butterfly - Fran Meyer, WVU Tech (58.91)
- Men's 100 Butterfly - Georgi Krastev, St. Andrews (50.81)
- Women's 200 Freestyle - Claire Goodrum, Asbury (1:56.82)
- Men's 200 Freestyle - Juan Patino, St. Andrews (1:44.07)
- Women's 100 Breaststroke - Kendra Monnin, WVU Tech (1:07.56)
- Men's 100 Breaststroke - Paulo Ignacio Jr., WVU Tech (56.34)
- Women's 100 Backstroke - Cydney Donnelly, Columbia (58.39)
- Men's 100 Backstroke - Georgi Krastev, St. Andrews (51.12)
- Women's 400 Medley Relay - Columbia (4:03.71)
- Men's 400 Medley Relay - WVU Tech (3:27.32)
For a complete look at the day's results, click here.
For a complete look at the schedule and other information, visit the tournament page.
The action resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with prelim races. Saturday's finals are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.