Wabash Invitational: Panthers Drop to Second After Day Two

Wabash Invitational: Panthers Drop to Second After Day Two

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Birmingham-Southern men's and women's swimming and diving teams both dropped to second place after day two of competition at the 2018 Wabash Invitational.

After ending the first day of the meet in first place, the Panthers were overtaken by Saginaw Valley State after another full day of events on Saturday.

Individually, three Panthers earned top finishes in Saturday's final events.

On the men's side, sophomore Patrick Dunne (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic HS) and junior Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage HS) finished first in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard freestyle events, respectively.

Dunne finished the backstroke race with a time of 50.97 while Medina took first with a 1:42.00 mark in his event.

On the women's side, junior Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) earned a spot at the top of the podium in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.13.

Another notable performance for the women was freshman Anna Jordan Luth (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington HS), who set a new program record in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:33.96. She finished third in the event.

In relay events, the Panthers picked up three top finishes. Both the men and women won the 800-yard freestyle relay event. The women's team – Mary Katherine Stewart (Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS), Mary Beth Ronne (Athens, Tenn./McMinn County HS), Erwin and Luth – took gold with a time of 7:45.14. The men's team – Dunne, Ryan Emili (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage HS), Tristan Sumpter (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS) and Medina – won with a mark of 6:51.29.

The Panther men also won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32.46, which set a new BSC record. That relay team was made up of Dunne, Hayden Henderson (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo HS), Connor McClain (Elkmont, Ala./Homeschooled) and Will Retersdorf (Spring Hill, Tenn./Independence HS).

After Saturday's events, the BSC men total 1548.5 points and trail first-place Saginaw Valley State by 20.5 points. The Panther women have compiled 1303 points and are 110.5 points behind SVSU.

Birmingham-Southern will return to the pool for day three of the Wabash meet which concludes on Sunday.



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