CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Birmingham-Southern men's and women's swimming and diving teams both hold first place after day one of the 2018 Wabash Invitational.
The Panther men lead six other schools, including Southern Athletic Association foe Centre, after the first day of competition, up by 50.5 points on second place Saginaw Valley State.
The Panther women enjoy an even larger lead with 616.5 points, over 70 points more than second place Saginaw Valley State. There are six total teams in the women's field.
After the morning's preliminary events, BSC returned for the evening session, earning three first-place individual finishes (two men, one woman) and numerous top-three finishes.
Junior Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) picked up BSC's first top finals finish, taking gold in the women's 500-yard freestyle. After 5:04.82 prelims time, Erwin improved with a mark of 5:01.9 in the finals, two seconds faster than the next fastest swimmer.
Junior Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage HS) was the next Panther to win an event, taking first in the men's 500-yard freestyle. Medina completed the freestyle race in 4:36.18, improving on his 4:39.25 prelim mark.
Sophomore Patrick Dunne (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic HS) was the third and final BSC student-athlete to win an event on day one, placing first in the men's 200-yard IM with a time of 1:52.62.
BSC's 200-yard freestyle relay teams also had notable performances. The women's relay team of Erwin, Mary Beth Ronne (Athens, Tenn./McMinn County HS), Mary Katherine Stewart (Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS) and Chelsea Chamblee (Boaz, Ala./Boaz HS) finished in second place with a time of 1:37.22.
The men's 200-yard freestyle team, made up of Dunne, Ryan Emili (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage HS), Alex Yokem (York, Penn./Limestone College) and Will Retersdorf (Spring Hill, Tenn./Independence HS), also finished in second place with a mark of 1:24.48, three-tenths of a second off the program record.
Individually, Retersdorf finished second in the men's 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.57.
Birmingham-Southern will be back in the pool for day two of the Wabash Invitational on Saturday.
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