Eagles fall to UNF

Photo by: Demario Cullars

Jack Magruder

On Saturday, the Georgia Southern University swimming and diving team fell to the University of North Florida, 142-101 but was able to win five out of the 13 events.

The Eagles are now 6-3 on the season.

“We performed fairly well,” head coach Nathan Kellogg said in a news release. “But we were outraced and out touched a few too many times which cost us the win.”

The Eagles did not dive into the pool with the intensity that they had hoped for, and their first event win did not come until the fourth event, the 50-meter freestyle. Elaina Lanson out swam her UNF opponent by almost a second with a time of 24.36. Megan Heller came in at a close third with a time of 25.54. Lanson came out on top again in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing in 53.55.

The Eagles performed well in the 200-meter backstroke, claiming three spots in the top five. Christina Moran led the squad, finishing first in 2:06.61. Sarah Schwartz (2:10.85) and Meg Beasley (2:15.77) finished second and fifth respectively.

Kylee Parsons earned full points for the Eagles in the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:06.78 and Amber Juncker came in second in 5:09.86.

Sara Meisenhelder continued to excel in the three-meter dive, earning 270.82 points, the most for her this season.

The Eagles are now less than one month away from the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships and will return to action next weekend with back-to-back meets at Gardner Webb University on Saturday, Feb. 1 and Davidson College on Sunday, Feb. 2.