SHENANDOAH, Texas - In the first day of swimming competition the Southwestern men's and women's relays performed extremely well to kick start the SCAC Swim & Dive Championships on Thursday.
The women started things off with the relay team of Sarah Ayers, Christine Moody, Michele Comerota and Bailey Thompson. As they took to the water for the 200 yard free relay the Pirates were poised for a great swim. They finished in fifth place, earning 32 points for Southwestern, in a time of 1:41.65.
On the men's side, Patrick Flanigan (pictured), Josh Stanfield, Ivan Cruickshank and John Prater made up the 200 free relay squad and destroyed their seed time, shaving off three seconds to finish in a time of 1:29.37 for a seventh place finish and earning SU 28 points.
Flanigan continued his strong swimming in the preliminaries of the 50 yard freestyle, coming in ninth place with a time of 21.87, less than a second off the fastest time of the day and took ninth in the finals, swimming in a time of 21.77, the fastest swimmer in the consolation final.
Bailey Thompson took off a second off her 200 IM time, finishing in 2:14.74 for 11th place and earning six points for the Pirates.
Closing out the night Southwestern faired extremely well in the 400 medley relay. Thompson, Mara Weidmann, Ayers and Comerota joined forces to take fourth place with a time of 4:04.09, seven and a half seconds faster than their seed time.
The men's relay team of Stanfield, Prater, Flanigan and Cruickshank took seventh place after shaving 10 seconds off their time, ending in a time of 3:44.79.
The Championships continue tomorrow with finals in the morning for the 200 medley relay and afternoon for the 44 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay.