CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College swimming programs began the Fall Frenzy Invitational on a high note Friday in Charlotte. The day saw several season-best and lifetime-best swims for the Bobcats in a meet that features swim teams across all three divisions of the NCAA.
"We had all season-best and several lifetime-best swims in the morning session," said LMC Head Coach Sean Weddell. "More importantly we had five people qualify for finals in the evening and the meet is significantly faster. Last year we only had two. It was a very good start to the meet. So proud of all the swimmers."
The five Bobcats that qualified for the finals of their respective events were Christian Nishimura, Molly Layde, Javier Sanchez, Arsham Mirzaei and Bailey Lupo. Mirzaei posted the best finish of these swimmers in the final as she posted a fifth-place finish.
In addition to these performances, the trio of Cooper Hoagland, John David McCray and Jenna Morris all cut significant time and posted season-best swims on Friday. Finally, Kayla Fleming turned a personal-best time in the 200m individual medley, which is a new event for her while the tandem of Anna Mansfield and Sophia Vanderpool both had lifetime-best swims in the 50. In the relay events in the evening sessions, the Bobcats also posted several personal bests to finish the day off on a great note.
The Bobcats will get back in the pool at 9 a.m. Saturday morning for day two of the Fall Frenzy Invitational.