Christiansburg, VA: The EC swim team competed at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships, February 8-11, 2017.
On the Men's side, the Lions earned their first Team Conference Championship in EC school swimming history, winning by 156 points in the overall team scores. Along the way, 17 Lions competed for 4 days, in 19 events, and combined to swim 122 races.
The results speak for themselves; The men broke 11 school records, set 11 new conference records, earned 16 NCAA Div. II national cuts (including 4 relays), won 17 out of the 19 events contested, and finished with 32 conference champions.
Head Swim Coach, Allen Gilchrest; "We will miss our Seniors, Christian Carrasquilla, Camilo Mendoza, Hayden Pendergraft, and David Rabern. These 4 men have helped lead the team to where we are today. I am so happy for them to finish out their swimming career's as Conference Champions. It has been our privilege to have them as teammates. It has been my honor to be their Coach. We thank God for bringing them into our lives for such a time as this!" =
On the Women's side, the Lady Lions earned second place overall in the team standings, which is the highest conference championships finish in EC school swimming history for the women's team. Along the way, 15 Lady Lions competed for 4 days, in 19 events, and combined to swim 112 races.
The results were great; The women broke 12 school records, set 2 new conference records, won 3 events (including winning 2 relays for the first time), and finished with 9 conference champions.
Head Swim Coach, Allen Gilchrest; "We will miss our Seniors, Laura Gonzalez, Emma Tamblyn, Diana Tobo, and Paisley Whitaker. These 4 ladies did an amazing job leading the team the past 4 seasons, in the pool, in the classroom; touched the lives of their teammates in so many positive ways. I am so proud of each of them. It has been our honor to have them as teammates. It has been my privilege to be their Coach. We thank God for bringing them into our lives for such a time as this!"
In the combined team scores, Emmanuel finished 1st. The EC Men's & Women's teams combined for 1,267 points, which was 395 points ahead of the next team, Mars Hill University, who finished with 872.
Coming up, the final meet of the season, the team travels to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in the ECAC Open Swimming & Diving Championships, March 3-5. GO LIONS!
For more information on the Lions, please visit www.goeclions.com!