January 19, 2013

Mars Hill Sweeps Tornado in Dual Meet

Rachel Fuller and Kelsey Wiese earned individual victories despite King Swimming and Diving falling twice at Mars Hill College.

 MARS HILL, N.C. – The Mars Hill Lions defeated King Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving in Saturday's dual meet by a combined score of 192-47. King was led by Kelsey Wiese and Rachel Fuller who both earned two individual victories, Saturday afternoon.

Kelsey Wiese, a junior from Gallatin, Tenn., earned victories in the 100-yard backstroke and the 50 free events. In the 100 back, she clocked in a time five seconds faster than the second-place finisher, touching the wall in 1:03.09. In the 50 free, she edged out Taylor Bugg by 0.59 second for the win (26.43).

Freshman Rachel Fuller (North Augusta, S.C.) ruled the fly events with wins in the 200-yard butterfly and the 100-yard butterfly. In the 200, she was over three seconds faster than Elle Grier, finished first with a time of 2:26.96. Her 100 fly time of 1:06.50 earned her second individual victory of the day, again logging in a time more than three seconds faster than the next nearest finisher.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Kelsey Copeland, Wiese, Sara Hennies, and Fuller were narrowly edged out by Mars Hill by 0.41, good for a second-place finish in the event. Shirley Langford placed second in the 100 breast (1:19.01).

Despite the success by Fuller and Wiese, the Lady Tornado fell to the Lions, 90-31.

The men were also on the losing side of their dual with Mars Hill, falling 102-16. Reynold Thibideau (Titusville, Fla.) placed second in the 100 back (59.65), finishing 0.74 behind the event winner from MHC. He also took second in the 200-yard IM (2:10.20). Also earning second-place honors was Christopher Nochowicz in the 500 free (5:43.18).

Both Tornado teams will be back in action on Jan. 26 when they go to Union College for a 4 p.m. dual meet.