BRISTOL, Va. – Using a school record diving performance from senior Melissa Smith and a dominant performance from the Tornado swimmers, the King University women's swimming and diving team defeated Appalachian Swimming Conference foe Warren Wilson College 124-76 at Virginia High School on Friday night.
Smith, diving in the final home meet of her career, bested her own school record with a score of 158.20 over six dives to headline the event for the Tornado.
Olivia Langford set a personal record in winning the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:05.48, capturing the event by a final margin of 11.42 seconds. Elizabeth Byrd swam the 500 yard freestyle event in 7:16.68, which topped a personal record set one week ago in a meet against Emory & Henry College by nearly 11 seconds.
King dominated the Owls in the meet, winning all 12 events and carrying most by a wide margin. The closest margin of victory came in the 100 yard freestyle, in which King's Jade Schroeder edged Audrey VanderBoon of Warren Wilson by .06 seconds.
Several Tornado swimmers had notable meets, with Schroeder, Langford, and Rachel Fuller all winning two individual events and swimming on victorious relay teams. Nicole Maldonado, Sarah Hennies, Kelsey Wiese, and Shirley Langford also won individual races for the Tornado.
After Friday's victory, King will have an extended break before returning to the pool in a dual meet at Mars Hill University. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014.