Swimming and diving breaks six school records, earn two honorable mentions during MVC championships
The UALR swimming and diving team wrapped their first-ever appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference championship, shattering six school records and bringing back two honorable mentions to the Donaghey Aquatics Center. The three-day meet took place in Carbondale, Illi. Feb. 13-15.
On day one of the championship meet, freshman Jinson Kang broke the school record for the 200-yard individual medley, a record that she previously set two months ago, according to the UALR department of athletics. She broke her old record by 62 hundredths of a second, for a time of 2:09.33.
The 400 medley relay team of senior Kara Raney, freshman Erin Trumbach, freshman Courtney Coe and sophomore Valeriya Teplova set a new school record on day one of the championship meet. The group’s time of 3:52.39 bested the previous record holders’ time of 3:52.75, which was previously set by Raney, Audra Stalzer, Amber Kelly and Lexie Keller in 2012.
Three school records fell during day two of the meet, including one that Kang bested by more than seven seconds. Kang set the new standard for the 400 individual medley, touching the wall at 4:32.14, shattering the previous record set by former swimmer Ana Tormo (4:39.48), besting it by more than seven seconds.
Trumbach set the new school-best record for the 100-yard breaststroke twice during day two. During the prelims, she finished at the 1:06.34 mark, only to outdo herself later in the day during the finals, where she touched the wall at 1:06.15.
The 200-medley relay team of Raney, Trumbach, Coe and Teplova finished with a time of 1:45.30, which about two seconds faster than the previous record holders. Raney, Stalzer, Kelly and Jenna Rutecki were the previous record holders, setting the mark at 1:47.57 in 2011.
The third and final day of the meet saw Trumbach break the school record in the breaststroke twice, again. Just as in day two of the championship meet, Trumbach broke the school record in the prelims and then again in the finals. She touched the wall at 2:25.11 in the prelims and then 2:24.20 in the finals.
On the diving side, sophomore Megan Scott earned a score of 216.10, enough for 16th place in the 1-meter category. She later returned to compete in the 3-meter category, earning a score of 257.55, enough for 7th place.
At the end of the championship, UALR accumulated 218 points in the MVC championship meet, placing sixth out of six schools. Missouri State took home top honors with a score of 945.5.
Impressive performances by Trumbach and Scott earned them each a spot on the All-MVC honorable mention list.
With the 2013-14 season now in the books, seniors Hope and Holly Myers and Raney have exhausted their eligibility and are all set to graduate in May.