By Kim Miller
Senior Sports Writer
Asbury’s men and women’s swim teams lost to Transylvania University on Friday, Oct. 25. The men lost 101-61, and the women’s final score was 125-76. However, the Eagles still performed well individually throughout the entire squad.
The first highlight of the meet came with the women’s 1000 Free. Freshman Rebekah Buchanan was neck and neck with Transylvania’s lead swimmer, Mackenzie Morris, for the first half of the race.
Buchanan then took the lead mid-race and greatly outdistanced her opponent for a first place finish of 11:28.06. Morris then finished in second with a time of 11:36.06.
Buchanan also finished second in the 500 Free with a time of 5:37.75 and was the fourth leg on the final 200 Free Relay, swimming her team to just hundredths of a second short of first place. Asbury’s 200 Free Relay team finished in a time of 1:47.74.
Sophomore Kayley Valentien continued her season’s performance by finishing first in the 200 Free in a time of 2:02.96. She also finished third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.25 and dominated the 500 free from the start of the race, finishing in a time of 5:30.93.
During the men’s 200 Free, Tommy Otley had a strong, but close, first place finish against Transylvania’s Fernando Zarate with a time of 1:49.05. Otley also finished second in the 100 Butterfly and won the 100 Breast in 1:02.70.
Jonathon Augsburger was an entire body length ahead of his teammate, Matthew Polk, during the second length of the 100 Free and won the race in a time of 53.15. Polk quickly finished behind him in a time of 55.63. Augsburger also finished second in the 100 Backstroke.
The Eagles will be competing next on Oct. 26 at Lindsey Wilson at 2 p.m.