Swimming - Sun, Feb. 19, 2012
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's swimming team placed third overall, while the women finished fourth, as action wrapped up at the 2012 Appalachian Swimming and Diving Conference Championship Meet at the Stivers Aquatic Center on Saturday evening.

Overall, Union finished third as a team in the meet, as the men's and women's teams combined for 748 points on the weekend. Meanwhile, Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) swept both the men's and women's competitions with a combined point total of 1201.5.

"This was an exciting weekend for both our program and Union College," said head coach Rafael Forti. "This was the first big event we've hosted here, and we could not be happier with how things went. We had some great crowds, and the atmosphere was just electric in here."

For the women, senior Renata Cabral was impressive all weekend, as she captured the ASC Women's Swimmer of the Meet award after dominating several events, while also breaking several meet records.

This evening, Cabral won both the 50-free and the 100-fly on the night in record breaking times, taking the 50-free in 23.50, and the 100-fly in 57.51. With the victories, Cabral won three events total on the weekend, as she took the 100-free last night. Also, all three events were taken with ASC and Union College record breaking times.

In other women's events on the night, Molly Fittro narrowly missed out on winning the 200-free after hitting the wall in 1:58.72, while in the 50-free, Callie Harrigan lost out to her teammate Cabral, finishing in 24.34. Harrigan also registered a top-five finish in the 100-back with a time of 59.68 to place third overall (mark was a new school record). 

In the final event run on the weekend for the women, the Lady Bulldogs went out on top, smashing a ASC meet record in the 400-free relay with a winning time of 3:34.89 (time was also a UC program record). 

For the men, Kyle Newhouse got things started in the finals on the right foot, as he narrowly missed a win in the 400-IM in 4:12.97 to finish second overall, which was a new program record in the event. 

Travis Strachan then placed seventh in the 50-free (21.97), while Louis Glavinos Jr. finished third in the 100-back after hitting the wall in 53.60. Next up in the 200-breast, Luis Ambrosio finished sixth in 2:11.89, which was the last performance of note for the men's team on the weekend.

The last event contested on the weekend was the men's 400-free relay, where the Bulldogs finished an impressive third place overall with a time of 3:10.77, which was the last program record broken on the weekend for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are now idle until the 2012 NAIA National Championships, which begin on Feb. 29 and run through Mar. 3. The event this year will take place in Oklahoma City, Okla.