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LWC Men's and Women's Swimming defeat King, fall to Mars Hill

By Charles Balcom

MARS HILL, N.C. - The Lindsey Wilson women's swim team took on a pair of NCAA Division II institutions on Friday evening, defeating King (Tenn.) 139-80, but falling to host Mars Hill (N.C.) 165-91.

The Lindsey Wilson men's swim team also defeating King (Tenn.) 157-63, but fell to Mars Hill (N.C.) 149-100.

Lindsey Wilson Women's Swimming defeats King, falls to Mars Hill on Friday

The Blue Raiders were able to secure five total victories on the night out of the 14 events, recording a handful of national cuts in the process.

Jessica Macdonald won three individual events on the evening. She took home the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle with an A cut time of two minutes and 0.81 seconds. Macdonald added another A cut winner with a time of 55.34 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle to win the event. Teammate Laura Stephenson finished just behind Macdonald in the 100 free with a time of 56.00 seconds, good enough for an A cut of her own.

Macdonald completed her hat trick of individual wins with a victory in the 100-yard individual medley after touching the wall in 1:02.33.

Stephenson accounted for the final individual victory of the night after winning the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 27.15 seconds.

The final Blue Raider team victory came in the final race of the night as the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Stephenson, Caitlin Freeny, Bailey Seitz and Macdonald combined for a time of 1:45.12 to win the event, achieving a national cut in the process.

Lindsey Wilson also secured a national cut with the 200 medley relay team of Emma Phillips, Sarah Hahn, Hailey Russo and Harlee Smock touching the wall in 2:08.59 in the first race of the event. Stephenson added another individual A cut to her night after hitting a time of 59.70 in the 100-yard butterfly, taking third place.

Phillips, Seitz and Freeny each had additional third-place or better finishes on the night.

Lindsey Wilson women's swimming returns to action on Oct. 21 as the Blue Raiders host Asbury (Ky.).

Lindsey Wilson Men's Swimming falls to Mars Hill, tops King in dual meet

The Blue Raiders managed three wins out the 14 events on the evening, with each win coming from a different swimmer.

Clemens Paetzold won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.65 seconds, which was good enough for a national A standard. Jose Prado de Lima won the 50-yard butterfly event with a time of 24.70 seconds, and Jonas Mueller won the 50-yard breaststroke event with a time of 27.96 seconds.

Both the 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley teams earned national cuts while placing second in their respective races.

Paetzold, Mueller, Prado de Lima and Zac Patzer teamed up for a time of 1:40.83 in the 200-yard medley relay, while the secondary team of Paul Pavala, Hayden Krause, Manny Griego and Alex Van Winkle recorded a time of 1:47.90, also earning a national cut in the event.

The 200-yard free relay squad of Paetzold, Michael Peck, Mueller and Patzer achieved their national cut with a time of 1:33.05.

Mueller added a B cut in the 100-yard breaststroke after finishing second with a time of 1:01.13.

Griego, Peck, Paetzold, Krause, Pavala and Patzer each contributed additional second or third-place finishes on the evening for the Blue Raiders.

Lindsey Wilson men's swimming returns to action on Oct. 21 as the Blue Raiders host Asbury (Ky.).

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