Both Kat Swim Teams 9th after Day 2 of Nationals

Both Kat Swim Teams 9th after Day 2 of Nationals

The Erie Community College men's and women's swimming and diving teams improved upon their 66-point first-day performances with 90 points in the second day. The men's team tallied 46 points, while the women's team earned 44. With 25 collective teams participating, the Kats are ninth after two days in both the men's and women's overall team scores.

Forty-two of the men's points came via relay team Andrew Achenbach, Charlie May, Mike Oldman and Brad Zifra. The foursome medaled in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a seventh-place finish and finished the night with a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The group was timed at 1:34.14 in the former and 3:50.59 in the latter.

Competing as an individual for the men's team was May at the 50-yard backstroke, where he finished 13th with a 27.07 time.

The top scorers for the women's team were Jessica Raymond and the relay team of Tabby Smith, Allie DeBiase, Kristin Klein and Alexis Slimak. The two scored a dozen points each with Raymond finishing fifth in 1-meter diving with a 353.50 score and the relay team finishing 10th in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:51.92 time.

The women's team also finished seventh and 15th twice. DeBiase had a record-breaking day by setting a record in the 400-yard individual medley. After setting the record in the preliminaries at 5:05.79, she broke that in the finals competition with a 5:02.72 time.

Both Slimak and Smith finished 15th with Slimak competing at the 50-yard backstroke with a 32.93 time, and Smith competing at the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:10.84 time.

Indian River State College continues to lead both men's and women's team scores. The swimming and diving dynasty has won the last 42 years men's national titles and 38 years women's national titles. Collectively, both Fort Piece, Fla. Teams have combined for 80 national titles prior to this year's event.