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King leads strong outing at MSC Championships

By Kyrin Mayfield

Kingsport, TN - A strong day of swimming has the Lindsey Wilson men in second place with 186 points at the end of day one of the three-day Mid-South Conference Championships at the Kingsport Aquatic Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. Cumberlands (KY) sits atop the leaderboard with 244 points.

Tyler King broke into the Blue Raider record books with a 21.14 in the 50-yard freestyle prelim, the fastest time in program history and an NAIA provisional standard. Chase Hickman and Bryce Rice also notched provisional standards and spots in the A Final with a 21.67 and 21.95. Jordan Schaffer (22.91), Joshua Seltz (23.15), and Connor Barton (23.56) narrowly missed out on the A Final but posted strong enough times to earn spots in the B Final.

In the A Final, King improved on the record he set hours prior with a 20.89. However, that gave King second place as Enzo Esteves of Cumberlands clocked in at 20.50 to take the victory. Hickman placed sixth with another provisional standard at 21:91 and Rice followed in seventh with a 22:33.

B Final saw Lindsey Wilson take the top two spots with Schaffer and Seltz grabbing first and second with a 22.55 and 22.96. Barton stopped the clock at 23.66 for sixth.

The only finals victory of the day for the Blue Raiders came in the 200-yard freestyle relay at an A-cut time of 1:24.20 thanks to the combined efforts of James de Goede, Rice, Hickman, and King. Will Thilwind, Tyler Buffel, Hickman, and King scored another solid finish for Lindsey Wilson with second place in the 400-yard medley relay and bested the A-cut standard with a 3:28.51.

James de Goede won his 200-yard individual medley prelim and recorded a provisional standard with a time of 1:54.24 while Thilwind also secured a spot in the A Final by finishing sixth with a 2:01.50. Buffel was timed at 2:06.93 and worthy of a lane in the B Final.

During the A Final, de Goede led until the last 50 yards when Life's (Ga.) Anton Smal surged ahead to win, giving de Goede second at a mark of 1:53.03. Thilwind came home in sixth at 2:00.08. Buffel managed a respectable second-place finish in the B Final with a time of 2:08.00.

As the lone Blue Raider in the 500-yard freestyle, Reece Kincaid represented Lindsey Wilson well by qualifying for the A Final with a sixth-place finish at 4:52.68. He found additional speed in the final and improved his position to fifth with a provisional standard of 4:48.15.

Day two of the MSC Championships begins Friday with prelims at 10:30amCT and finals scheduled to start at 5:30pmCT. Live video is available for all sessions.

This story was posted on 2021-02-05 06:54:30
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