Tornado set six school records at ASC Championships

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – The King University men's swimming and diving team finished tenth at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championship on Friday and Saturday, but the Tornado set six new school records and saw a number of swimmers achieve personal best times. King finished 10th of 12 teams with 128.5 points.

Nicholas Piumelli rewrote the King record books at the two-day event, setting three individual school records, two in breaststroke events, and swimming on a pair of relay teams that also set a school marks.

Piumelli's sixth-place time of 2:12.30 in the 200 yard breaststroke shattered Greg Taylor's school record time from 2011 by nearly eight seconds. He also broke a seven-year-old school record with an 11th-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke. He finished the event in 59.89 seconds, which bested the former mark of 1:01.79 set in 2007 by Logan Patrick.

Piumelli also set a King record in the 200 yard individual medley, finishing in 13th place in 2:02.83. The old record of 2:04.13 was held by Stephen Howard and was also set during the 2007 season. He then combined with Reynold Thibideau, Christian Knobloch, and Taylor Horton to finish sixth and set a King record of 3:41.47 in the 400 yard medley relay, besting the 2010 time of 3:44.97 as tops in school history.

The 800 yard freestyle relay fell to Knobloch, Alek Nochowicz, Quenton Lyons, and Piumelli. The quartet swam to a 10th place finish in 7:32.10 that bested the previous school record set last season by nearly three seconds.

Knobloch also set a pair of personal records. He finished in 26th position in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.79, which bested his previous best time by 2.21 seconds. His 20th-place finish in 22.43 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle was 0.27 seconds quicker than his career record.

Taylor Horton and Brian Stroinski also set personal bests in the 50 free. Horton finished 15th in 22.21 seconds, breaking his previous mark by 0.72 seconds, while Stroinski's 30th-place finish in 23.30 seconds was 0.37 seconds ahead of his personal best time. Jacob Morales matched his personal best with a 44th-place time of 24.63 seconds.

Horton added a second personal record time in the 100 yard freestyle, finishing in 21st position with a time of 50.34 seconds. He bested his previous career mark by 1.07 seconds. Tyler McBee also set a personal best in the 500 yard freestyle, besting his previous record by 14 seconds with a 33rd-place time of 5:25.41.

A four-year-old school record fell in the 200 yard medley relay in 1:40.25, which topped the previous King record by 0.59 seconds.

The Tornado finished 10th of 12 teams at the event with a team score of 128.5. Wheeling Jesuit University won the conference championship with a score of 587.5, defeating second-place Mars Hill University by 113.5 points. Urbana University, Saint Andrews University, and Union (Ky.) College rounded out the top five.