INDIANAPOLIS – The Birmingham-Southern swimming competed again on Thursday, day two of the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships.
Two BSC relay teams and three individuals competed on Thursday with one, sophomore Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) advancing to the championship heat of the women's 200-yard freestyle.
The day started with the men's 200-yard freestyle relay. Birmingham-Southern finished the event in 23rd with a preliminary time of 1:27.04. The women's relay followed with a prelim mark of 1:39.01 in the event, finishing 30th.
Freshman Patrick Dunne (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic HS) was the first Panther to compete in an individual event on Thursday, swimming in the men's 400 IM. Dunne finished 27th with a prelim time of 4:05.44.
Sophomore Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage HS) was next up, swimming in the men's 200 freestyle. Medina finished 34th after preliminaries and did not advance to the finals heat, but he broke his personal record in the event with a time of 1:40.86.
The remainder of the day belonged to Becca Erwin, who raced in the women's 200 freestyle preliminaries in the morning. She advanced to the finals race with a prelim mark of 1:49.53, earning her the third seed in the championship.
In the finals race, Erwin improved on her prelim time to finish the event in fourth with a time of 1:48.74. Erwin battled for third place with Kenyon's Hannah Orbach on the final stretch, but Orbach hit the wall with a .29 second advantage. Erwin's mark of 1:48.74 was a new school record and a personal best.
Birmingham-Southern will continue to compete at the NCAA Championships on Friday. Full coverage is available at bscsports.net and NCAA.com.