(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) - It was a day of many firsts for the Thomas More University swimming and diving teams today (Saturday, October 13, 2018) as both the men's and women's teams finished third at the Kentucky Invitational. It was the first ever intercollegiate competition for the two teams and, of course, team records were established in every event the Saints competed in. These swims set the standard for the next few meets and become immediate goals for the next person to swim in each event.
In addition to the first meet and establishing the team records, the Saints saw Justin Hailey become our first ever event winner when he won the 50 yd. Freestyle. Less than an hour later Hailey won again in the 100 Freestyle when he came from behind on the last lap to swim a personal best time of :49.42 and win the event by two one-hundreds of a second.
Several other individuals finished in the top six in their events. Austin Smith placed 6th in the 200 Freestyle (1:54.84) and 4th in the 500 Freestyle and tied for 6th in the 100 Freestyle (:51.30), Aaron Atwood placed 6th in both the 50 Breaststroke (:34.19) and 100 Breaststroke (1:16.71), Luke Stuart took 6th in the 100 Butterfly (:56.43), 4th in the 50 Backstroke (:27.46) and 5th in the 100 IM (:58.85), Shelby Miller placed 5th in the 500 Freestyle (5:38.61), Justin Hailey added a third top six finish with a 5th in the 50 Backstroke (:28.55).
"It was a very exciting day because it was not only our first meet of the season but also the first swim meet ever for The Saints," commented Head Coach Monty Hopkins. "We saw outstanding efforts from every swimmer in every race and I was very happy to see so much improvement from the Intra-squad meet just one week ago. Another very positive development came from the way our new team supported and helped each other. We have the foundation of a team that will improve rapidly and it was s thrill to see how well every did today."
Thomas More returns to the pool on Friday (October 18) when they compete in a tri-match with Asbury and Bethel in Wilmore, Kentucky.