Pfeiffer Women's Swimming Finishes Strong at SunCoast Championships
Misenheimer, N.C. – The Pfeiffer University women's swimming team finished fourth overall and had two swimmers finish with podium finishes at the SunCoast Swimming Championships.
Tiffany Bartholomew (Raleigh, N.C.) shined at the meet, as the junior posted a pair of third-place finishes. She recorded a 24.82 in the 50-yard freestyle and 53.43 in the 100-yard freestyle, earning conference awards for her performance.
In addition, each Falcon swimmer eclipsed personal bests in their respective events and some posted season best times.
Junior Mary Rhyne (Lexington, N.C.) also recorded a season best time of 2:42.76 in the 200 individual medley, earning an eight-place podium finish.
Samira Wolf (Pocasset, Mass.) also had a great meet, as she recorded three personal bests in the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and 100 freestyle events. Teammate Natalia Gutierrez (St. Cloud, Fla.) also posted three personal bests, as did Ada McClendon (Kingwood, Texas) and Haley Zoltoski (Raleigh, N.C.).
Junior Kayleigh Hunt (Denton, N.C.) also had a stellar meet, recording her best performance in the 200 individual medley with a 3:03.91.
Head coach Brad Flood was extremely pleased with the performances of the team.
"I am so proud of the Falcon Swimmers, they truly represented our university at the highest level this past weekend," said Flood.
"Thirty out of 33 individual swims resulted in best times. That is a 91% average, which is phenomenal! They worked so hard through this difficult, unexpected season and that work was rewarded with a great weekend of accomplishments. Tiffany Bartholomew earning bronze medals in the 50-yard & 100-yard Freestyles was the highlight of the meet. however, seven of eight swimmers made it to the championship podium for recognition in at least one event. Mary Rhyne (200IM, 100 & 200 breaststroke) and Gina Myers (500 Free, 100 & 200 Backstroke) qualified in all 3 of their events."
Flood continued, "Finishing in fourth place as a team took a great effort on their part. With such a young program and our first season as true division III program, they set an excellent foundation for all that is to come for our program in the future!"
Final Team Scores
1. Keiser – 863
2. South Georgia – 672
3. UNC Pembroke – 442
4. Pfeiffer – 389
5. Thomas – 387
6. Warren Wilson – 91
7. LaGrange - 54
Pfeiffer Final Results
200 Medley Relay 7th, 1:56.94 Gutierrez, Bartholomew, Myers, Wolf
9th, 2:17.90 McClendon, Rhyne, Zoltoski, Hunt
800 Free Relay 6th, 9:00.51 Myers, Wolf, Bartholomew, Zoltoski
200 Free Relay 7th, 1:47.46 Bartholomew, Wolf, Gutierrez, Myers
9th, 2:03.99 McClendon, Zoltoski, Rhyne, Hunt
400 Medley Relay 6th, 4:37.59 Gutierrez, Bartholomew, Myers, Wolf
7th, 5:22.19 McClendon, Rhyne, Zoltoski, Hunt
400 Free Relay 7th, 4:03.26 Bartholomew, Myers, Wolf, Gutierrez
8th, 4:36.50 Zoltoski, McClendon, Rhyne, Hunt
500 Freestyle 8th, 5:39.88 Gina Myers
9th, 5:51.74 Samira Wolf – Season Best
200 Individual Medley 8th, 2:42.76 Mary Rhyne – Season Best
10th, 3:03.91 Kayleigh Hunt – Personal Best
50 Freestyle - Finals 3rd, 24.82 Tiffany Bartholomew – Personal Best
12th, 27.93 Natalia Gutierrez – Personal Best
13th, 28.71 Ada McClendon – Personal Best
50 Freestyle – Prelims 15th, 28.97 Haley Zoltoski – Personal Best
100 Butterfly – Finals 11th, 1:19.81 Haley Zoltoski – Personal Best
200 Freestyle – Finals 10th, 2:10.68 Samira Wolf – Personal Best
12th, 2:19.08 Ada McClendon – Personal Best
15th, 2:50.58 Kayleigh Hunt
100 Breaststroke – Finals 6th, 1:21.76 Mary Rhyne
100 Backstroke – Finals 8th, 1:03.91 Gina Myers
10th, 1:07.61 Natalia Gutierrez – Personal Best
200 Backstroke – Finals 7th, 2:20.54 Gina Myers
10th, 2:32.14 Natalia Gutierrez – Personal Best
100 Freestyle - Finals 3rd, 53.43 Tiffany Bartholomew – Personal Best
11th, 1:00.20 Samira Wolf – Personal Best
13th, 1:03.12 Ada McClendon – Personal Best
100 Freestyle-Prelims 18th, 1:05.93 Haley Zoltoski – Season Best
200 Breaststroke – Finals 6th, 3:01.32 Mary Rhyne
8th, 3:22.07 Kayleigh Hunt