GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Pfeiffer men’s and women’s swimming teams are kicking off the 2013-14 season by competing in the All-N.C. Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Invitational is comprised of Division I and II teams and is a two-day event. Three school records were broken on Friday evening, as the men’s team currently sits in sixth place, just behind Gardner-Webb, while the women are in ninth.
A trio of freshmen swimmers paced the men’s team on the first day of competition.
Dmitry Kozlov took home third place in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing just over a second behind the first-place swimmer, setting a school record in the process with a time of 4:37.04. Teammate Dima Turkin placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.25, also breaking a school record. In the 200-yard individual medley, Valentin Kaufmann finished just outside of the top-10 with a time of 1:57.32.
The 400-yard medley relay team of Kaufmann, Turkin, Kozlov and sophomore Ethan Garrison, placed fifth with a time of 3:28.26, which is the best time in school history.
On the women’s side, the quartet of Ekaterina Galichenko, Jessica Burgess, Jillian Kniffen and Morgan Dionne finished the 200-yard freestyle medley in a time of 1:47.95. Finishing directly behind them was the team of Kimberly Eurillo, Cydney Donnelly, Bailey Holshouser and Brittney Quaranto, who finished two-and-a-half seconds behind their teammates. Galichekno had the best individual performance for the Lady Falcons, as she finished the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:16.61.
Day two of the invitational was a busy one for both the men's and women's squads with Pfeiffer shattering five more school records. For the second straight day, the men's team was led by the trio of freshmen consisting of Turkin, Kaufmann, and Kozlov and the women's squad saw competitive performances from Galichenko and Dionne.
The men's team came away with eight total top ten finishes on the day, two of those swimmers finishing in the top five of their individual events. Kozlov put up two fifth place finishes of his own, with a school-record time of 4:02.86 in the men's 400 yard IM, and a time of 2:08.55 in the men's 200 yard breaststroke. The Falcons also got top ten finishes from Turkin who boasted the teams' best performance of the day with a time of 51.22 in the men's 100 yard backstroke, good enough for a school record and a second place finish in the event.. Turkin's other top ten finishes came in the men's 100 yard butterfly (6th), and the men's 100 yard freestyle (7th) where his time was good enough for his third school record of the day. Turkin then broke his own record in the 100 yard freestyle during his leg of the team's relay event.
Rounding out the performance for the men's team was Kaufmann who contributed top ten finishes in the men's 100 yard backstroke (10th) and the men's 200 yard backstroke (7th). The men's 400 yard freestyle relay team consisting of Kaufmann, Turkin, Kozlov, and Garrison also put up a 10th place finish and boasted another school record with a time of 3:10.92.
The women's team received a solid performance from Galichenko in the 100 yard butterfly, finishing with a time of 1:01.39. The women's highest finish of day two came in the 1650 yard freestyle from Dionne who completed the almost mile-long event in an impressive 19:49.58.
With all events now complete, the men's team finished in 7th place amassing 556 team points and the women's team finished in 11th place for the weekend behind 115 points.
Both squads return to action on October 18th when they travel to Gaffney, S.C. for the Carolinas' Meet.