Record breaking weekend for Eagles

Emma Collins

The Coastal Carolina Swimming Association Conference Championships wrapped up with a third place finish for the GSU women’s swimming and diving team as well as several new school records.


On day one of the competition, the 200 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay and 3-Meter Diving were the events contested. The Eagles set a record in the 800 Free—beating the previous record by more than five seconds.

In the 3-Meter diving event, Erin Hembree and Chloe Cotter did well; Hembree pulled out a seventh place finish of 208.5. Cotter finished ninth with a score of 157. In the 200 Medley Relay, the team of Christina Moran, Amber Cortazzo, Megan Heller and Elaina Lanson finished fifth with a time of 1:43.04 in their fastest time all season.

In the 3-Meter finals, Hembree was in fourth place after round one, but fell to fifth place in the second round. Overall, at the end of the 3-meter event, Hembree finished in eighth place, finishing with a score of 220.10. The winner, a swimmer from Incarnate Word, finished with a score of 304.60.

The 800 Free Relay team of Kylee Parsons, Madison Lichtefeld, Kaylyn Thomas and Cortazzo touched in third with a school record time of 7:26.65, nearly five seconds faster than the previous record, which was set last year at the conference championships.


Day two of the competition featured preliminaries and finals in the 500 Free, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Free, 1 Meter Diving and 200 Relay.

Parsons opened the finals in the 500 Free, setting a new school record with a time of 4:54.29 and a sixth place finish. In the “B” final, Amber Juncker was ninth, touching in at 4:58.79, and Mae McWhorter finished fourteenth with a time of 5:05.40.

In the 200 IM, Cortazzo set a school record during the preliminaries, touching in at 2:05.30 to qualify fourteenth. In the finals, she swam a time of 2:05.49, finishing thirteenth. Teammates Lichtefeld and Becca Alves finished fourteenth and sixteenth, respectively.

Lanson set yet another school record in the 50 Free preliminaries, touching in at 22.95 to qualify for finals in third. The record stood for just eight hours; in the finals, Lanson bettered the time to finish second with a time of 22.88. Christina Moran finished the event in twelfth place.

In the 200 Free Relay, the team comprised of Parsons, Moran, Thomas and Lanson finished third, setting a new record time of 1:32.11. This new time was nearly three seconds faster than the previous record. In the 1-Meter finals, Hembree qualified with a score of 208.85. Overall, she finished in seventh place.


On day three, the 400 Individual Medley, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast and 100 Back had their preliminary and final events. The Eagles were third at the end of day three.

Juncker finished sixth in the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 4:27.18. Teammates Laruen Campbell and Allyn Case finished ninth and fourteenth, respectively. In the 100 Fly preliminaries, Megan Heller set a school record of 55.96, but she improved upon that time in the 100 Fly Finals, touching in at 55.90. This time secured her a sixth place finish. Megan Liebl took eighth in the 100 Fly, Alves thirteenth, Abbie Lavallin fifteenth and Anna Battistello sixteenth.

Cortazzo finished seventh in the 100 Breast while teammates Lichtefeld touched in at fourteenth and Case sixteenth. Moran set a school record in the 100 Back with at time of 55.51, but swam even faster in the finals to finish sixth overall with a record time of 55.38.

In the 400 Medley Relay, the team of Moran, Heller, Lavallin and Lanson finished third.


On the fourth and final day of the competition, the Eagles finished third overall in the competition. Moran set yet another school record in the 200 Back preliminaries and finished sixth overall in the event.

Lanson took fourth in the 100 Free while Thomas finished in thirteenth place in the event. Campbell set another school record during the 200 Fly preliminaries, finishing with a time of 2:03:88. She finished seventh in the finals. Teammates Liebl, Heller and Jones all had top fifteen finishes also.

The 400 Free Relay team of Parsons, Moran, Thomas and Lanson finished third, closing the meet with a school record time of 3:23.08.

The four day competition took place in Athens, Ga. Eleven colleges up and down the East Coast participated in the event.