Eagles advance to 6-2 in last home meet of season

Jack Magruder

 

This weekend, the Georgia Southern University swimming and diving team sent its seniors out with a win as it beat conference foe University of North Carolina at Asheville 146-100 in GSU’s home pool.

The Eagles improve to a record of 6-2 on the year.

“We always want to make sure that we win on the last day our seniors will ever have a meet here,” head coach Nathan Kellogg said in a news release. “We wanted to make sure that we not only honor our seniors with a win, but that we also finish all our home meets with a win.”

Emily Fell, Pirie Humphries, Alden Lynch and Lindsay Mullican all competed in their last home meet at the RAC.

The Eagles won every event except the 100 and 200 breaststroke and several Eagles set new personal bests as well as new season bests in events that they do not usually compete in.

“We don’t know how good someone can be at something before they do it. It opens up our eyes to possibilities of what they can do at the conference meet. It is also to give them a mental break from doing the same day in and day out,” Kellogg said in a news release.

Senior Pirie Humphries waved the RAC goodbye in style, finishing second in the 200 butterfly 2:11.60. In an exciting race, sophomore Katlyn Jones barely edged out Humphries with a time of 2:11.43, a new college best.

Senior Lindsay Mullican also had a strong last showing at home, finishing third in the 100 butterfly with a personal best time of 2:11.60.

Senior Emily Fell topped off a solid performance by the senior swimmers with a new season-best time in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.97, finishing in third place.

Fellow senior Alden Lynch scored 215.55 in the three-meter dive and 219.08 in the one-meter dive.

Even though the Eagles are sending off four seniors, the future is bright for GSU swimming and diving. Freshman Christina Moran finished first and set a new personal best in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.02 and fellow freshman Rebecca Alves claimed the top spot in the 200 individual medley with a new personal record of 2:12.85.

“Conference meets are a lot different than dual meets. Today really opened our eyes to the things we need to continue to work and continue to get better at as well as the things that we have improved upon in the last couple weeks,” Kellogg said in a news release.

The Eagles are now only one month away from the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships and will wrap up the regular season with three more meets in the next two weeks to prepare.