Christiansburg, VA: Following the completion of the 2017 Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships, EC freshmen swimmer, Alex Sobers, was named the meets male most valuable player.
Sobers earned this award, with the help of his relay teammates, by finishing 1st in all 7 events he swam.
All 7 swims were in EC school record time, ASC conference record time, and NCAA Div. II national qualifying times.
Sobers finished 1st in his 3 individual events; 500 free (4:30.93), 200 free (1:37.74), 100 free (44.45).
In the relays, EC finished 1st in all 4 relays Sobers swam. In the 800 free relay Sobers lead off with a 200 free (1:39.25). In the 200 free relay Sobers swam the second leg (20.56). In the 400 medley relay, sobers anchored the free leg (44.18). In the 400 free relay, Sobers again anchored (44.25).
Alex had the following thoughts about the training leading up to the conference championships as well as the meet itself; "Training was intense as we were going up against some really good teams in the conference. We as a team put in a lot of work to achieve this. I did not have any goal times, I was just in it to win it and have fun and set records."
Head Swim Coach, Allen Gilchrest; "Alex has had a great first year at Emmanuel. First competing in the Rio Olympics in August, then the World Championships in December. He has been unbeaten in the finals of every meet this season, and this honor of MVP at the 2017 ASC Champs is well earned and well deserved. We give God the Glory!"
Next up, the Lions travel to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in the ECAC Men's Open Swimming & Diving Championships, March 3-5. GO LIONS!
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