ABINGDON, Va. – The King University women's swimming & diving team stayed close to home to take on Emory & Henry College at the Coomes Center in Abingdon on Friday evening. The Tornado fell 149-95, but Olivia Langford and Nicole Maldonado both set personal bests while the 400 yard freestyle relay team set a new school record.
In the second event of the night, the 1000 yard freestyle, Langford finished in a time of 11:11.90 to set a new personal record, besting her previous fastest time of 11:16.96. She took first in the event just as Maldonado did in the 50 yard freestyle as she set a new personal best of 24.68 seconds. She nearly broke teammate Kelsey Wiese's school record time of 24.65 seconds.
The Tornado finished the meet on a high note as the 400 yard freestyle relay team of Maldonado, Langford, Jade Schroeder and Wiese set a new school record. Their time of 3:48.52 broke the previous record by 0.44 seconds.
Wiese finished first in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.21. Maldonado also won the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 55.42 seconds. Langford also won the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:30.55 while Elizabeth Byrd set a new personal best in the event with a time of 7:27.77.
King will be in action again next Friday when the host Warren Wilson College at Virginia High School. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.