Xavier swims at WNC

Newswire photo by Jack Dunn | The men’s and women’s swimming teams had a solid outing at the Winter National Championships, claiming five top-10 finishes last week.

The men’s and women’s swimming teams performed well last week, with nine swimmers competing at the Swimming Winter National Championships at Ohio State.

The Musketeers captured five top-10 spots at the event, which lasted from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

The men’s squad opened up the meet with the 200 medley and 400-medley relays on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30.

The 400-medley team consisting of juniors Nathan Runyon, Matthew Dyer, David Bunnell and Sam Johans claimed the 10th spot with a time of 3:21.77.

The Musketeers had five swimmers competing in different individual events on Friday. Junior Caroline Gaertner became the first female swimmer in program history to qualify for the finals at Winter Nationals.

She claimed the 23rd spot in the prelims in both the 100 fly and 100 back with a time of 55.37 in both events. In the C finals for each event, she improved both her times and finishes. She took fifth in the 100 fly in 54.9 seconds and seventh in the 100 back in 55.03 seconds.

The relay squads also placed in the top 10 on Friday. The women’s squad made up of sophomores Emily Conners and Abigail Garner as well as Gaertner and senior Paxtyn Drew placed sixth in 200 free.

The men’s 200 free made up of Johans, Dyer, Bunnell and Hernandez placed eighth.

The same relay teams claimed two more top-10 spots on Saturday, with the women’s team claiming sixth again the 400 free relay and the men’s claiming ninth for the same event.

The Musketeers will compete in their next tri-meet against IUPUI and Ball State in Indianapolis on Jan. 5.

By: Jack Dunn ~Staff Writer~