Men's swimming in third after opening day of HCAC Championships

Photo Credit: Snapshot Treasures Photography
Photo Credit: Snapshot Treasures Photography

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men's swimming team finds itself in the top half of the field after the opening day of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.

Competing in their first HCAC Championship meet, the Panthers produced 79 points to sit in third place after Day One at the Vigo County Aquatics Center. Hanover trails Franklin and Rose-Hulman who are both over 200 points following Thursday's action. The lead for third place though is 15 points, as Manchester sits at 64.

The 50 freestyle was a key part in Hanover's success Thursday, as four swimmers posted a top-12 finish. Junior Alex Maldeney (Fort Wayne, Ind.) led the way with a fifth-place finish in the prelims and finals. Maldeney clocked in at 21.77 in the morning session, before improving his season-best time to 21.71 in the finals.

The junior was joined by a trio of freshmen on the 200 free relay, which finished third with a time of 1:28.02. Freshmen James Moll (Tipton, Ind.), Will Morgan (Lapel, Ind.) and Zach Stringer

Franklin 212
Rose-Hulman 211
Hanover 79
Manchester 64
Transylvania 61
Anderson 51

(Hebron, Ky.), along with Maldeney, swam four seconds faster than their seeded time. The final three legs for HC all produced a sub-22 second performance.

Stringer and Morgan each added two sub-23 second marks in the individual 50 free to place 10th and 11th overall, respectively. Classmate Louis Holbrook (Greenfield, Ind.) also joined the group in the consolation finals, placing 12th with times of 22.92 and 22.96 in his two swims. Morgan and Holbrook's marks set new personal records, while Stringer's came in the relay at 21.79.

The quartet of Holbrook, Maldeney, Moll and freshman Kyle Pfaffenberger (Seymour, Ind.) placed fifth in the final event of the night, the 400 medley relay. Three swimmers posted times under one minute, including Maldeney who finished the freestyle portion in 47.37 seconds.

Additionally, freshman Davis Guthier (Fort Thomas, Ky.) recorded a 10th place showing in the 500 freestyle. Guthier clocked in with a personal-record time of 5:00.94 in the morning session before finishing in 5:03.88 in the consolation finals.

The Panthers will be back in action again Friday, Feb. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. with Day Two prelims. The finals are once again set for a 6 p.m. start.

Contact: Tyler Jester