CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Barton men's and women's swimming teams held on to their respective positions of first and second place after the third day of competition Friday at the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championships at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
The Bulldogs' men's team has totaled 566 points – 81 ahead of Emmanuel (Ga.) – while the women's squad is up to 476 points. The Emmanuel women continues to lead with 541.5 points.
On the women's side, Barton sophomore Nicola Macdonald (Durban, SOUTH AFRICA) won the 200-yard freestyle with an NCAA Division II "B' cut qualifying time of 1:53.27 while sophomore Kleanza Cathers (Kitimat, British Columbia, CANADA) finished first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:36.70).
Both Macdonald (the women's 500-yard freestyle on Thursday) and Cathers (the women's 1,000-yard freestyle on Wednesday) have now won two individual crowns so far for the Bulldogs.
Both Macdonald and Cathers – along with freshman Adalaya Nemitz (Waxhaw, N.C.) and sophomore Alayna Moore (Terre Haute, Ind.) – made up the Bulldogs' 200-yard freestyle relay team which took home league honors with a time of 1:35.50.
On the men's side, Barton had several second-place finishes: freshman Tegan Brown (Acworth, Ga.) in the 100-yard backstroke (51.14), sophomore Jaksa Gabric (Zagreb, CROATIA) in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.75) and junior Robert Zamorano (Woodstock, Ga.) in the men's 200-yard freestyle (1:41.69).
Gabric's time in the morning preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke (55.48) was good enough to earn "B" cut qualifying to the national championships.
The fourth and final day of competition takes place on Saturday to decide the conference crown.
2019 Conference Carolinas Championships
Wednesday, February 6 – Saturday, February 9
Charlotte, N.C. – Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
Day Three Results
1. Barton 566
2. Emmanuel 485
3. King 304
4. Chowan 262
5. Lees-McRae 243
1. Emmanuel 541.50
2. Barton 476
3. Converse 398.50
4. Chowan 267
5. King 239
6. Lees-McRae 167