ATHENS, Ohio - The King College men's and women's swim teams finished seventh and eighth, respectively at the 2011 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championship held over the weekend at Ohio University.
The Tornado scored 200 points, 13 better than Berry (Ga.) College. Wheeling Jesuit University took the men's crown with 692 points while Asbury (Ky.) University was next with 533. On the women's side King's 153 points bested Malone (Ohio) University's 117 total. Asbury defeated Wheeling Jesuit 790-538.5 for the women's title.
In all nine program records were broken, seven by the Tornado with two new records for the Lady Tornado.
King's 200-yard freestyle relay team's time of one minute and 29.39 seconds gave the team seventh place and the school record. Mason Edmonds (Johnson City, Tenn.), Taylor Horton (Conyers, Ga.), Blake Rutherford (Picayune, Miss.) and Wayne Oliver (Bristol, Tenn.) made up the squad. Edmonds and Oliver were a part of the old record set in 2010.
Oliver needed 47.38 seconds in the finals to finish fourth in the 100 freestyle and break his two-year old record by 0.17. He was not done as he swam the 50 freestyle in 21.63, good enough for fifth and a new school record. His old record of 21.78 was also set two years ago.
Rutherford also posted a faster time in the 200 butterfly as he finished at the 2:10.16 mark in the prelims before finishing eighth in the finals. His new time was four seconds better than the old record.
Kelsey Wiese (Gallatin, Tenn.) lowered her 100 freestyle school record to 55.09 as she finished eighth at the meet. She almost became the first King swimmer to go under one minute in the 100 backstroke, but a time of 1:00.29 gave her a new school record.
Alek Nochowicz (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) broke his 500 freestyle record by almost nine seconds with a swim of 5:09.49 in a 14th-place swim. He also went the distance in the 1,650 freestyle 11 seconds faster than his school record time with a time of 18:12.52.
Greg Taylor (Bristol, Tenn.) was 13th in the 200 breaststroke, but he swam to a new personal best and school record as he finished at the 2:20.15 mark.
King will compete in the Limestone Invitational Saturday at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.