TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The opening day of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships saw the Hanover men's team garner several strong finishes.
Through one full day of competition at the Vigo Country Aquatic Center, the Panthers currently sit in fourth overall with 69 points. Leading after day one is Franklin with 214 points and Rose-Hulman in second with 194 points.
The 200-yard freestyle relay earned Hanover's top finish Thursday, placing second overall in the event. The team of sophomore Will Morgan (Lapel, Ind.), sophomore Louis Holbrook (New Palestine, Ind.), sophomore James Moll (Tipton, Ind.), and freshman Keegan Marx (Evansville, Ind.) swam the race in a time of 1:27.97, surpassing their seed time by nearly two seconds. Freshman Andrew Lee (Greenwood, Ind.), sophomore Nathan Cooper (Amelia, Ohio), sophomore Davis Guthier (Fort Thomas, Ky.), and freshman Grant Willis (Booneville, Ind.) also teamed up in the event to register a 10th place mark in a time of 1:36.36.
Marx added a seventh-place showing in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.82, improving on his ninth-place mark from the morning prelims. He entered the weekend with a seed time of 23.11 seconds.
In the 200-yard IM, freshman Alex Dafforn (Indianapolis, Ind.) tallied a top ten finish swimming the event in a time of 2:05.71. During the morning session, the freshman qualified for the finals with a 10th place mark and a time of 2:04.32.
Guthier saw nearly a five second improvement from his seed time to his qualifying mark in the 500-yard freestyle touching the wall in a time of 5:09.70. In the evening session, Guthier claimed a 12th place finish in the event with a time of 5:12.64.
Hanover closed out day one with the 400-yard medley relay as the team of Moll, Morgan, Holbrook, and Marx teamed up to take fifth in a time of 3:41.94. The team of freshman Alex Dafforn (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Kyle Pfaffenberger (Seymour, Ind.), Guthier, and Lee captured 10th in the event.
The Blue and Red will return to the pool in the morning, Friday February 14 as prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. The finals are again slated for 6:00 p.m. and open with the 200 medley relay.