February 11, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The No. 2 ranked Queens University of Charlotte women's swim team defended its two year hold on the Bluegrass Mountain Conference title, claiming the honor for the third year in a row at the conclusion of tonight's finals. The Royals secured the victory earning 1584.5 points, posting ahead of No. 7 ranked Wingate in second place (1551 points) and No. 22 ranked Carson-Newman in third (1126 points).
"This weekend and tonight was a great tune up in our preparation to put ourselves in a position to compete for two more national championships," said Head Coach Jeff Dugdale. "Specifically our women showed a lot of 'Royals Pride' in making sure they brought home a third conference championship."
The team started their final day in the conference meet with back-to-back finishes in the 1650 yard freestyle. Sarah Reamy stood atop the standings, clocking a 17:04.15 by the time the mile swim was completed. She was followed by teammate Kathryn Johnston who reached the wall in second place with a time of 17:13.57. Both athletes out touched the competition by half a pool length as they claimed NCAA "B" standard marks for the event.
Taking hold of the 200 yard backstroke, Hannah Peiffer earned an automatic qualifying spot with her first place finish. She reached into the wall with 1:56.51 in the event.
Dasha Talanova record a first place finish in the 200 yard breaststroke, shattering the meet record for the event. Driving for the top swim, she secured a 2:14.11 (NCAA "B" Standard).
In the last individual event of the night, Josefina Lorda-Taylor put the Royals at the top of the podium once more, laying claim to the 200 yard butterfly. Her time of 2:01.89 earned her an NCAA "B" cut for the event.
The meet ended with Queens claiming second place in the 400 yard freestyle relay. McKenzie Stevens, Kyrie Dobson, Lorda-Taylor, and Shelly Prayson, respectively, clocked a 3:25.04.