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LWC Women's Swimming completes day one of MSC Championships

By Brady Budke

Kingsport, TN - The Lindsey Wilson women's swimming team finished day one of the Mid-South Conference Championships in third place at the Kingsport Aquatics Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders, who accumulated 96 points through eight events, trail behind the top team Cumberlands (KY) (202 points) and Indiana Wesleyan (second place with 177 points).

For the first time in program history, each LWC women's swimmer that competed on day one was awarded a chance to compete in the A or B-final of their respective event later in the day.

The preliminary heats began Thursday morning at 7:30amCT while the finals followed at 5:30pmCT.

The Blue Raiders kicked off the morning strong, as the quartet of Juliana Villa, Annissa Koekemoer, Carlene Taylor and Maaike Broersma claimed victory, earned first team all-conference honors and an A-cut standard in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a finishing time of one minute and 39.03 seconds.

Three Lindsey Wilson swimmers qualified for the B-final in the 500-yard freestyle. Jaye Farthing (12th place in the preliminaries at 5:37.20), Emma Phillips (15th place in the preliminaries at 5:45.94) and Hailey Russo (16th place in the preliminaries at 5:49.54) all earned the right to compete later in the night.

Competing in the B-final of the 500-yard freestyle, Farthing grabbed fourth place (5:35.77) while Phillips (5:42.55) and Russo (5:52.84) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Preliminaries continued on with Allie Rutherford notching an eighth place finish and a provisional standard in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:16.22, earning her a spot in the A-final. Koekemoer tied for 10th place in the race (2:17.63) and secured a spot in the B-final.

In the finals of the 200-yard individual medley, Rutherford corralled the No. 8 spot in the A-final (2:17.06) while Koekemoer added a fifth place finish as part of the B-final (2:20.32).

In the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries, the duo of Broersma and Taylor secured a spot in the A-final, while Villa and Savannah Schoeman notched a spot in the B-final. Broersma finished second in the qualifying race and earned a provisional standard (24:39) while Taylor garnered a tie for fifth and a provisional standard as well (24:93). Schoeman touched the wall in 11th place (25.67) while Villa came in at 15th (26.10).

Broersma went on to be the top LWC swimmer in the A-final of the 50-yard freestyle, pulling in fifth place and another provisional standard (24.41). Taylor was seventh in the race while also earning another provisional standard for Lindsey Wilson (24.78). Apart of the B-final, Schoeman (25.66) and Villa (26.00) touched the wall in fourth and seventh, respectively.

The morning session ended off with the 400-yard medley relay, which saw Broersma, Taylor, Rutherford and Schoeman team up for a second place finish and second team all-conference honors with an A-cut standard finishing time of 4:01.18.

Session two is set to continue Friday morning with preliminaries beginning at 7:30amCT followed by finals at 5:30pmCT at the Kingsport Aquatics Center. Live video will be available.

This story was posted on 2021-02-05 06:52:00
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