CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – After the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships finally got underway on Friday, the King University women's swimming and diving team turned in top time after top time. Melissa Smith won the 1 meter diving competition with a school record while the Tornado set five other school records along with a plethora of personal bests. The Tornado finished sixth of 13 teams at the event with 267 points.
Smith posted a score of 206.9 in the one meter diving competition to take the title and improve upon her previous school record by more than 50 points. In the 200 yard butterfly, Rachel Fuller topped her previous school record by nearly three seconds with her seventh place time of 2:18.10.
King also had three relay teams break school records, starting with the 200 yard freestyle relay quartet of Nicole Maldonado, Olivia Langford, Jade Schroeder and Kelsey Wiese. The foursome turned in a time of 1:42.31 to beat the previous school record by more than two seconds and take fourth.
The 400 yard medley relay team of Wiese, Shirley Langford, Fuller and Maldonado topped the previous school record by more than one second with their time of 4:15.16. Finally, the 800 yard freestyle relay team of Olivia Langford, Schroeder, Fuller and Maldonado shattered the previous school record of 8:33.05 with their time of 8:28.14. The 400 yard freestyle relay team didn't want to be left out as they set a school record by nearly three seconds with their time of 3:45.66 on Saturday night.
The personal records also fell on Friday, starting with Fuller's 500 yard freestyle time of 5:31.40 that was more than two seconds faster than her previous best time. She finished 10th in the event while Olivia Langford placed fifth with her time of 5:27.21. In the 50 yard freestyle, Maldonado took home eighth place with time of 24.95 seconds while Wiese finished 14th with a time of 25.30 seconds. Both Schroder and Sarah Hennies set personal records in the event with times of 26.99 seconds and 27.91 seconds, respectively.
Olivia Langford set a personal best, and nearly set a four year old school record with her 400 yard individual medley time of 4:51.47 to place her fifth. She was only 0.44 seconds off the school record, and set a personal record by more than two seconds. In the 100 yard butterfly, Samantha Vargo finished 11th with a new personal best time of 1:02.88. Fuller nearly set a personal record with her 12th place time of 1:02.93. Elizabeth Byrd also set a personal best in the 200 yard freestyle with her time of 2:44.52, breaking her previous best by nearly 10 seconds.
Wiese and Vargo turned in a solid performance in the 100 yard backstroke as Wiese finished 11th with a time of 1:02.08. Vargo set personal record with a time of 1:03.70 to place 14th. Schroeder came within in an eyelash of setting a personal record in the 100 yard freestyle with her time of 59.07 seconds, just missing a record by 0.05 seconds. Maldonado finished fifth in the event with a time of 54.87 seconds.
The Tornado finished sixth of 13 teams the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championship with 267 points. Wheeling Jesuit University won the championship with 562 points while Brenau University took second place with 519. Notre Dame College (Ohio) finished third with 501 points.