Swimming Competes in 16th Annual Bluegrass Mountain Conference Meet; History Made with Broken Records
February 16, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Following the first day of competition, the Pfeiffer University men's and women's swimming teams finished in fifth and eleventh places respectively. The men's team ended the day with 175 points and the women's team snagged 83 points of their own. The top spot on both the men's and women's side is currently held by Queens University of Charlotte, boasting 473.5 total points by their men's team and 431.5 total points by their women's team.
In the men's competition, freshman Dmitry Kozlov broke his own record in the 500 yard freestyle event, grabbing a fifth place finish with a time of 4:32.33 and grabbing 25 points for his team. Another bright spot for the Falcons was the men's 400 yard medley relay team consisting of Kozlov, freshman Dima Turkin, junior Matt Burns, and freshman Valentin Kaufmann. The team grabbed a fourth place finish in the event, broke a school record with their time of 3:22.48, and snagged an NCAA b-cut.
The women's team got a tenth place finish out of their 400 yard medley relay unit of freshman Cydney Donnelly, senior Jillian Kniffen, sophomore Kate Galichenko, and freshman Bailey Holshouser behind a time of 4:11.39.
After day two of competition the men's team has fallen two spots into seventh place overall with 342 points and the women's team dropped a single spot to 12th with 168 points. Several school records were broken by the men's team during day two, with new records being posted in four events.
The men's 200-yard medley relay team of Kozlov, Turkin, Burns, and sophomore Ethan Garrison broke a school record in the event with a 1:33.15 finishing in ninth place. In the men's 800-yard freestyle relay, the team of Kozlov, Turkin, Kaufmann, and sophomore Michael Dilks smashed a school record with a finishing time of 6:50.25 good enough for seventh place in that event. In the individual competition, Kaufmann broke the 200-yard men's freestyle record with a time of 1:41.37 and Kozlov felled the school record for the men's 400-yard IM with a time of 3:58.06 grabbing a second place finish in that event. The best finish of the day for both squads came from Turkin who bested all swimmers in the men's 100-yard backstroke grabbing first place with a stellar time of 48.80.
The women's team picked up 12th place finishes in both the 800-yard freestyle relay event and the 200-yard medley relay. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the team of Galichenko, Holshouser, senior Morgan Dionne, and sophomore Jessica Burgess finished with a time of 8:28.30. In the 200-yard medley relay, Burgess, Holshouser, Galichenko, and Donnelly combined for a finish just under two minutes with a time of 1:55.53.
Following the third and final day of competition, the women's team made up some ground, finishing in 11th place with 241 points. The men's team grabbed an eighth place finish with 470 points, falling one place in the rankings following yesterday's competition.
During the meet's final stanza, the men's team boasted two swimmers with top-five finishes. Turkin grabbed a fifth place finish in the men's 200-yard backstroke event with a time of 1:48.59, and Kozlov finished fourth in the men's 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:59.90. Turkin's finish in the 200-yard backstroke was just over five seconds shy of the event's winning time.
On the women's side of the competition, Galichenko put up an 11th place finish in the women's 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:10.06, only ten seconds shy of the leader in that event. Also competing for the women's team were seniors Brittney Quaranto and Dionne who finished 20th and 19th respectively in the women's 1650 freestyle. Quaranto finished with a time of 19:58.93 a little over 20 seconds shy of her teammate's time of 19:35.29.
Next up for the Falcons will be the NCAA Championships as they travel to Geneva, OH from March 12-15.