Swimming and Diving: Eagles win one and lose one

Emily Arnold

The Georgia Southern University swimming and diving team took a loss from East Carolina University (173-121), but locked in a win against the College of Charleston (152-147) last Saturday in Charleston.

The Eagles’ swim team took home three first-place finishes. Junior Amber Juncker dominated the 800-meter freestyle event, finishing with a time of 9:16.20.  Sophomore Christina Moran placed first in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:20.39 and took third in the 100-meter backstroke. Sophomore Rebecca Alves also took a first-place finish in the 200-meter IM with a time of 2:28.42.

“I thought [the team] battled really well against two really tough teams,” head coach Nathan Kellogg said. “We won a lot of close races and that’s something you always like to see.”

There were also three second-place finishes for the Eagles.  Junior Abbie Lavallin finished second with the time 1:13.70 in the 100-meter breaststroke and was closely followed by senior Megan Ostrom who had a time of 1:15.47.  Lavallin brought in another second place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke with the time 2:42.56.

The last second-place finish came from the 400-meter freestyle relay team A made up of Moran, junior Megan Heller, senior Devin White and junior Elaina Lanson, who brought in a time of 4:03.20.

“It comes down to racing and that’s kind of what we focus on,” Kellogg said.

The diving team did a remarkable job on Saturday as well, bringing home first place finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events.  Senior Sara Meisenhelder snatched first place in the one-meter dive with a score of 259.98.  Senior Amanda Macchio scored a 270.25 in the three-meter dive and also took home first place.

Meisenhelder also finished third in the three-meter dive with a score of 262.35.  Macchio took sixth place in the one-meter dive, and junior Brittany Swanson took seventh in the one-meter dive and ninth in the three-meter dive.

“I thought our seniors did a really good job of stepping up and our divers did a really nice job on the boards as well,” Kellogg said. “We’ll try to work on cleaning up some details, like starts, turns, finishes, relay exchanges, the little things that add up to make a big difference.”

The swim team’s next meet is in Charlotte at the Wingate Fall Frenzy Nov. 22-24. Next for the diving team is the Dowd Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C on Nov. 21-23.