by Doug Page
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Barton College women's swimming program set new records in five different events on Saturday against Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
The Lady Bulldogs recorded eight victories on the day despite dropping a 149-113 decision against the Cardinals. Freshman Kleanza Cathers brought home three first-place finishes for BC, setting a pair of records in the process.
Cathers paced a field of five swimmers in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 11:10.38. She would follow that up by setting a Barton record in the 200-yard backstroke (2:13.56) and recording her second victory of the day. Cathers finished her day with a win and another BC record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.88).
Freshman Nicola Macdonald finished the 200-yard freestyle in 2:01.79 and registered a first-place time for BC. Macdonald also notched a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (25.89) and 100-yard freestyle (56.50).
Another record would be set for Barton in the 200-yard breaststroke as freshman Callie Burnette recorded a time of 2:41.74. Burnette also paced the field in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:12.70.
Sophomore Annika Jasek-Rysdahl would be victorious in the 500-yard freestyle for the Lady Bulldogs, recording a time of 5:41.57. A pair of freshman, Aden Powell, and Aly Jones also competed for BC in the event, finishing with times of 6:10.10 and 6:25.16 respectively.
Powell, despite finishing third in the 200-yard butterfly, set the Barton record in a time of 2:24.39. Freshman Kazia Patzer finished right behind Powell (2:27.78).
Patzer would finish ahead of four other swimmers in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.95, giving BC another first-place finish.
The Lady Bulldogs brought home a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay and set a new school record in the process. The team of Cathers, Macdonald, freshman Alayna Moore and freshman Kristen Price finished just 11 seconds behind the winning team with a time of 1:42.43.
Barton returns to action on Friday when it visits Conference Carolinas foe Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., for a 3 p.m. meet.