Bulldogs win inaugural Conference Carolinas men’s swimming crown

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CHARLOTTE — A year after the Barton College women’s swimming team won the inaugural Conference Carolinas championship, the Barton men followed suit by seizing the NCAA Division II league’s first men’s swimming championship Saturday at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Despite winning just three events, the Bulldogs of head coach Tyler Ziegler piled up 847 points to outclass runner-up Emmanuel with 731.5. King was third with 419.5 points, followed by Chowan (363) and Lees-McRae (353).

The Bulldogs won the 200- and 800-yard freestyle relays and got a first-place finish from Tegan Brown in the 200 backstroke. Brown also was second in the 100 backstroke and had a third-place finish in the 500 freestyle.

Claiming all-conference honors by virtue of a top-three finish were Jonathan York (1,000 free-second; 1,650 free-second; 200 butterfly-second), Robert Zamorano (1,000 free-third; 200 free-second; 1,650 free-third), Luis Reyes (100 butterfly-third), Colton Spence (200 free-third) and Jaksa Gabric (100 breaststroke-second).

Barton placed second in the 400 free and 400 medley relays and was third in the 200 free relay.

Ziegler was named men’s coach of the year while Reyes earned the Elite 23 Award for highest cumulative GPA in the conference.

The Lady Bulldogs settled for second in the women’s championship, finishing with 719.5 points, just 21 points behind victorious Emmanuel with 740.5. 

However, Barton’s Nicola Macdonald and Kleanza Cathers were proclaimed co-swimmers of the year in the conference. Cathers won the 1,000 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 200 backstroke was Macdonald was victorious in the 100 freestyle, 200 free and 500 free. The Lady Bulldogs also won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Earning all-conference for Barton were Addy Nemitz (200 IM-second), Annika Jasek-Rysdahl (1,650 free-second) and Alayna Moore (100 free-third) in addition to the 200 medley relay (third), 800 free relay (second) and 400 medley relay (third).