Union women sweep through double-dual meet action

By Jordan Childress

For the Mountain Advocate

The Union College women’s swimming team swept past West Virginia Tech and Fairmont State (W.Va.) in double-dual meet action, while the Union men were swept in the dual action, Saturday afternoon.

The women defeated West Virginia Tech 162-64 and Fairmont State 165-63. On the men’s side, West Virginia Tech defeated Union 148-113 while Fairmont State defeated the Bulldogs 153-97.

The Union women got off to a quick start capturing the 200-yard medley relay with an “A” cut time of 1:58.40.

Callie Harrigan (SR/Windsor, Canada) picked up three wins on the day and posted two NAIA “A” cut times. Harrigan took the 200-free (2:04.87), 100-free (55.30) and 500-free (5:22.63).

Picking up three top three finishes on the day was Jule Stein (SO/Stuttgart, Germany), who took the 100-breast with an “A” cut time of 1:11.23. Stein finished second in the 200-breast (2:36.22) and third in the 200-IM (2:27.11).

In women’s backstroke action, Eliska Melicharova (SO/Upice, Czech Republic) collected a win in the 200-back (2:20.77) and placed second in the 100-back (1:02.82).

Anna Kotliarova (SR/Kharkov, Ukraine) took the 100-fly (1:03.49) while finishing second in the 50-free (25.64) and 100-free (56.36), both “A” cut times.

Picking up solo wins on the day for the Bulldogs were Lara Kaufmann (SO/Schwerte, Germany) in the 1,000-free (11:22.06) and Susana Martinez (FR/ Colonial Heights, Va.) in the 200-fly (2:21.57). Sarah Cummins (FR/Carnoustic, Scotland) finished second in the 100-fly (1:05.42).

The women wrapped up the day with a win in the 400-free relay with an “A” cut time of 3:50.80.

On the men’s side, the Bulldogs started off the day with a third place finish in the 200-yard medley with an “A” cut time of 1:40.22.

Edward Malick (SR/Gilroy, Calif.) picked up the only win on the day for the Bulldog men in the 100-breast with an “A” cut time of 59.76.

Nathan Lethbridge (FR/London, Canada) collected two second place finishes in the 50-free (21.87) and 100-fly (53.14), both coming in as “A” cut times.

Also picking up two second place finishes for the Bulldogs was newcomer Cameron Donaldson (FR/Jersey, Channel Islands, U.K.) in the 1,000-free (9:50.88) and 500-free (4:48.45). Dustin Dyer (SO/Fayetteville, N.C.) finished second in the 100-back with a time of 55.64.

The men finished their day with a third place finish in the 400-free relay with an “A” cut time of 3:22.25.