Eagles defeat Gardner-Webb, smash pool records

Emma R. Collins

In their first meet since returning from winter break, the Georgia Southern swim team took on Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 144.5 to 112.5.

Along with their victory against Gardner-Webb, two members of the GSU swim team broke two pool records; in the 200 fly, junior Lauren Campbell set a new pool record with a time of 2:06:38. Junior Christina Moran also set a record in the 200 back with a time of 2:05:07.

The meet kicked off with the 200 medley relay, and the Eagles won by over half a second. Teammates Christina Moran, Amber Cortazzo, Megan Heller and Elaina Lanson secured the victory with a time of 1:49:29. Following that event, the Eagles had a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 free. Junior Kylee Parsons secured a first place finish with a time of 1:55:41, freshman Amber Cortazzo finished in second place with a time of 1:56:29 and freshman Kaylyn Thomas finished in the third spot with a time of 1:58:25.

In the 50 and 100 free events, Lanson sprinted ahead of the other competitors and won both with times of 23:76 and 52:27.  Parsons finished second in the 100 free with a time of 52:87. The 200 back was another 1-2-3 finish for the Eagles with Campbell and Sarah Schwartz finish second and third behind teammate Moran with times of 2:08:88 and 2:10:21.

Parsons was victorious in the 500 free and touched nearly two seconds head of the pack in 5:09:91. Following that event, Moran set the pace in the 100 back and claimed the victory with a time of 58:83. Schwartz finished in second place 1:00:95.

Competing in the 1000 free, senior Amber Juncker finished second with a time of 10:49:25 while senior Allyn Case placed second in the 100 breast, touching in at 1:08:78. Teammate Cortazzo finished second in the 100 breast, touching in at 58:42.

Following this swim meet, Eagles are set to take on the Savannah College of Art & Design and the College of Charleston on January 17 at the Georgia Southern Aquatics Center at 1p.m.