February 18th, 2013

BU Women Finish 5th, Men 6th in Conference Meet

Chris Cooper

Bellarmine University Asst. S.I.D.

BU Women Finish 5th, Men 6th in Conference Meet
photo from bellarmine.edu / Bellarmine Athletics

Bellarmine swimmers Mattingly, Forti post top-8 times

CLEVELAND, Miss. --- The Bellarmine University men's and women's swim teams concluded their inaugural season over the weekend by turning in a multitude of outstanding performances while competing in the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference hosted by Delta State University.

The women's team finished the four day meet in fifth place with the men coming in sixth. This will be the only year the Knights are part of the NSISC with the Great Lakes Valley Conference scheduled to sponsor swimming and diving beginning next year.

Freshmen Amanda Forti and Hannah Warfel captained the Knights on the women's side as the duo each had a top-8 performance.  Forti finished sixth in the 200y backstroke with a time 2:11.50 while Warfel's time of 2:35.83 was good enough for seventh in the 200y breaststroke.

Forti was also able to win the consolation heat of the 100y backstroke at 1:00.21, the fifth fastest time overall at the meet.

Other strong performances include Alex Caneris's 200y IM as the sophomore dropped over 4.5 seconds between her prelims and consolation races to finish tenth. Brogan Uphoff had a similar improvement in the 100y free, posting a season-best time of 59.99 in the event.

Trent Mattingly guided the men's team with strong showings in the 100y(59.96) and 200y (2:13.49) breaststrokes. Fellow freshman Nathan Blaine had a stellar performance to kick the meet off on Wednesday, finishing in thirteenth in the grueling 1000y freestyle with a time of 11:00.10.

Michael Polio turned in a sub-two minute 200y butterfly, touching the wall eleventh overall with a time of 1:59.72 while Josh Underwood 1:06.19 in the 100y breaststroke was a season-best by over three seconds, taking sixteenth in the race.

Season-best times were a theme all weekend long for the Knights, with Evan Tillett also shaving off several seconds in the 100y freestyle with a fifteenth place finish at 50.50.


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