Seniors succeed in final home swimming and diving meet

Emma Collins

Georgia Southern University’s swimming and diving team defeated the University of North Florida 117-85 on Saturday afternoon at the RAC Aquatics Center. For eleven of the Eagles who are seniors, this was the final home meet.

In the first race of the meet, the 400 medley relay, it was a complete sweep for Georgia Southern; a team comprised of Christina Moran, Abbie Lavallin, Megan Heller and Elaina Lanson won with a time of 3:54.34. Second place was secured by Anna Battistello, Rebecca Alves, Sarah Schwartz and Megan Liebel with a time of 4:09.54. Coming in third with a time of 4:09.55 were Kaylyn Thomas, Taylor Kelsch, Lauren Campbell and Ali Snover.

The Eagles also swept the 200 free; Amber Juncker came in first with a time of 1:57.50, Campbell won second with a time of 1:57.58, and Moran third with a time of 1:58.93.

Elaina Lanson set a new record in the 50 free, touching in at 23.26, shaving .17 seconds off the previous record. In that same race, Kylee Parsons touched in second with a time of 24.32, and Ali Snover secured third with a time of 25.51.

In the 200 IM, Alves claimed the top spot with a time of 2:12.36; Schwartz finished second at 2:14.00.

In the diving portion of the competition, Erin Hembree won the 3 meter event with a score of 246.98 while Chloe Cotter claimed second with a score of 193.73. Hembree claimed first in the 1 meter event with a score of 218.93. Again, Cotter claimed second, with a score of 182.25.

Following those two events, the Eagles swept the 200 back; Alves finished in first with a time of 2:12.79, Mae McWhorter finished in 2:14.56, and Parsons finished third in 2:14.95. Juncker won the 200 breast in 2:29.76 and Campbell finished second in 2:32.72. In the 1000 free, McWhorter was edged out of first place by a UNF swimmer. She won second with a time of 10:45.12. In the 100 free, Hannah Rogers finished third with a time of 54.94.

Lastly, the meet concluded with the 400 free relay. Heller, Schwartz, Lanson and Rogers won with a time of 3:39.56, narrowly winning against the team from UNF.

Georgia Southern will travel to Wilmington, N.C. to face UNC-Wilmington, Liberty and College and Charleston on Jan. 30.