Records Continue To Fall For Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming At The 2009 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships
February 13, 2009
Bears break eight school records on the day
Junior Jessy Barriger was part of Lenoir-Rhyne's 200-yard medley relay, which established a school record
Charlotte, N.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Swimming Team continued its success at the 2009 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships Friday. The Bears broke eight school records on the day while closing the margin between 12th- and 11th-place to two points.
In the first race of the day, the Bears qualified for the consolation finals in the 200-yard medley relay. Freshman Kathryn Turner (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic HS), freshman Lindsay Atkin (Hickory, N.C./St. Stephens HS), junior Jessy Barriger (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central HS) and freshman Victoria Justice (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford HS) posted a time of 1:59.74 to finish 13th, breaking the school record in the process.
Freshman Megan Neubauer (Taylors, S.C./Eastside HS) followed up the relay with a 13th-place swim in the 400-yard individual medley to move onto the evening session.
Atkin also finished 13th in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke to move on to the finals. Her time of 1:09.47 was good enough to break the Lenoir-Rhyne record.
Turner followed up with a record-breaking swim in the 100-yard backstroke, breaking a year-old record with a time of 1:03.63 to close out the morning for the Bears.
In the finals Friday evening, the 200-yard medley relay team broke the record that they set earlier in the day finishing 12th with a time of 1:58.95.
Neubauer improved one place as well over her morning swim, setting a new top time in the 400-yard IM to score the first-ever individual points for Lenoir-Rhyne at the conference meet.
Atkin would also score individually for the Bears, breaking her own 100-yard breaststroke record that she set earlier in the day. Atkin also finished in 12th-place with a time of 1:09.30.
In the finals of the 100-yard backstroke, Turner would not let the record she set in the morning session last nearly as long as it previously had. She dropped the fastest time again, swimming a 1:03.40 in the evening session.
In the final race of the day, the Bears went out with a bang, posting their best-ever finish in a conference final race. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Tuner, Atkin, Neubauer and Barriger recorded a time of 8:15.48 to finish eighth and break the eighth L-R record on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne will complete the 2008-09 season tomorrow in the final day of the 2009 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships.