- 02/10/17 08:45 PM
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Aerika Wieser set a school record and claimed her second individual title at the 2017 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships after winning the 200 Free on Friday evening. The senior recorded a finals time of 1:53.81, coming up just shy of the NCAA B standard of 1:53.68, and topping her previous record of 1:55.30 set in last year's ASC meet.
Wieser already captured the 50 Free on Thursday, and with five career titles, she will go for the sweep in Saturday's 100 Free competition. She faced the same challenge a year ago and finished runner-up after posting the fastest time in the 100 prelims.
The third day of the championship meet turned out to be successful for both UU swim teams. On the women's side, Jennifer Schwartz finished seventh in the 100 Fly Finals with a time of 58.81 while Tiffany Howard placed 13th at 1:02.44. Holly Fisher also advanced to a Finals race and ended up 16th in the 100 Back event (1:05.46). UU's 200 Medley Relay squad finished seventh with a time of 1:53.32.
On the men's side, the 200 Medley Relay group of Bryce Philabaum, Carl Henriksson, Coleston Pope and Dakota Lewis-Griggs registered fourth place with a time of 1:37.94. Then, Pope came up seventh in the 200 Free with a finals time of 1:46.15. He had qualified in the prelims at 1:44.83.
Henriksson produced the top men's individual finish at fifth place in the 100 Breast. The senior raced to a finals mark of 59.15, breaking his school record set earlier this season at the Miami (OH) Invite of 59.29. Tomas Olivos also qualified for the 100 Breast Finals, finishing ninth overall with a time of 1:00.95.
Rounding out the men's events for the day were Philabaum and Lewis-Griggs, who both raced in the 100 Back Finals. Philabaum went 52.70 for sixth place while Lewis-Griggs ended up in 14th with a time of 55.63.
The Blue Knights will close out the final day of the season Saturday at the ASC Championships.
Courtesy of the Urbana University Media Department and posted with their permission
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