Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's swimming team will look to capitalize on its regular season successes when they travel to compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships this weekend.
Hosted by Rose-Hulman, the event will be held at the Vigo County Aquatic Center, with events scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. Prelims will start at 10 a.m. each day, with finals slated for 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, there will be a senior recognition at 4 p.m., with a 5 p.m. start to final races.
PARTICIPATING TEAMS: A total of six institutions will enter in the meet, with Hanover, Anderson (Ind.), Franklin (Ind.), Manchester (Ind.), Rose-Hulman (Ind.) and Transylvania (Ky.) all set to square off for the HCAC crown.
PANTHERS IN LEAGUE ACTION: The Blue and Red are 3-2 in head-to-head matchups against HCAC foes this season, garnering wins over Anderson (120-100), Manchester (81-32) and Transylvania (114-51). Of their victories, two of them came in head-to-head meetings with the Ravens and the Spartans, while their triumph over the Pioneers was in a four-way meet.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: The Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers slot in the top 25 on Collegeswimming.com's championship rankings with 546.27 points, and are one of two HCAC schools inside the top 50. Of the 17 men's events that are scheduled for the conference title meet, the Fightin' Engineers hold the fastest time in 12 of those races.
The Franklin Grizzlies are the other school from the HCAC ranked among the 50 best in NCAA Division III according to Collegeswimming.com, and they hold the other five best finishes on the weekend slate. Outside of Rose-Hulman and Franklin, they slot as follows: Hanover, Anderson, Transylvania, and Manchester.
MALDENEY MAKES HEADWAY: Junior Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has been a major contributor in both solo and relay action. At Anderson on Nov. 10, Maldeney grabbed a first-place finish in the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyles, timing at 22.19 and 49.29 in the respective races. Moreover, Maldeney aided the 200 freestyle relay team to a victory when they touched at 1:32.42.
Most recently against Rose-Hulman on Feb. 2, Maldeney won the 50 yard butterfly at 25.11 seconds, while posting another pair of top-three individual finishes.
MOLL MUSTERS SUCCESS: Freshman James Moll (Tipton, Ind.) recently had a second-place seeding in the 100 backstroke against the Fightin' Engineers when he registered a time of 59.55 seconds. Against conference foes Manchester and Anderson earlier in the year, Moll combined for three wins. Versus the Spartans on Jan. 5, Moll again came out victorious in the 100 backstroke, timing at 1:00.64 in that instance. Against the Ravens, Moll won both the 100 and 200 backstroke, notching times of 58.72 and 2:09.73, respectively.
HOLBROOK HOLDING STRONG: Freshman Louis Holbrook (Greenfield, Ind.) also showed early success in the campaign, gaining a pair of individual victories in competition with Anderson and Manchester. Holbrook swam the 200 individual medley in 2:20.31 for a win against the Ravens, while swimming a 58.38 in the 100 fly versus the Spartans.
In recent action with the Fightin' Engineers, Holbrook triumphed in the 50 fly, finishing in 25.73 seconds.
MORGAN MOVING UP: Freshman Will Morgan (Lapel, Ind.) has been a constant performer for the Panthers, as he has recorded victories and top two finishes on a consistent basis. Versus Manchester, Morgan won the 100 free at a time of 52.97 seconds. Later in the year, Morgan would win the 200 free against Anderson at 1:55.99, while also aiding HC in top-two placements on the relay side.
When Hanover met Rose-Hulman, Morgan finished second in the 100 free and 100 back with times of 52.86 and 1:08.20.
Contact: Tyler Jester