Derick Carlson and Stephanie Halcomb each win the 100 freestyle
“It is always a fun meet with their men’s team,” head coach Steve Thompson said. “We knew it would be close and it certainly is, being down just a point going into tomorrow.”
Sophomore Brandon Drogemuller (Hollister, Calif./San Benito) took first (15:47.46) and freshman Patrick Walters (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central/Lincoln) was second (16:36.25) in the 1650 freestyle.
Also for the men, senior Allan Sliva (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) won the 100 butterfly (55.01) while freshman Daniel Chalfant (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) took first (55.26) in the 100 backstroke. Senior Kevin Coates (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) won the 500 freestyle (4:39.05) with freshman Derick Carlson (Norridge, Ill./St. Patrick) just two seconds behind.
The Lewis men won the 800 freestyle relay in 7:16.69.
Lewis won both 100 freestyle events. Carlson earned a victory in 48.72. Senior Stephanie Halcomb (Springfield, Mo./Ozark) won in 53.99.
Also for the women, sophomore Orla Power (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose) finished second (18:35.57) in the 1650 freestyle by only .28 of a second.
Freshman Sarah Kenis (Herndon, Va./Oakcrest) won the 200 IM with a 2:13.14 finish. Senior Allie Henges (Cincinnati, Ohio/Purcell Marion) finished the 500 freestyle in 5:18.48 to take first over seven competitors.
“I was extremely pleased with how our women challenged Truman,” Thompson said. “They are always one of the top teams in the nation and we went out there and raced tonight. We lost a lot of close events, and we need to learn how to win those, but I’m excited to see us carry this momentum to tomorrow.”
The Truman State women have won seven of the last 10 national championships.
“After a draining meet last week I thought we saw some exceptional in-season swims tonight,” Thompson said.
Lewis and Truman State start the final day of competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Lewis Pool.