KINGSPORT, T.N. – Columbia College Women's Swimming finished 4th overall at the AAC Conference Swim Meet in Kingsport, TN over the weekend at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. The 4th place overall finish came short of third by a slim margin of 20 points and 44 points below second.
The Koala swimmers took home 4 first place finishes, 6 second place finishes, and 3 third place finishes in addition to 3 women being named to the All-Conference Teams. Coach Jason Gallaher was also named the AAC Coach of the Year for Women's Swimming.
Both Cydney and Megan were individual Conference Champions, both part of a Conference Champion Relay Team and were named First Team All-Conference.
Of the four first place finishes, two were swam by senior Megan Monahan including the 400 Individual Medley and 200 Backstroke. Donnelly took the win in 100 Backstroke while the 400 Medley Relay swam by Monahan, Adams, Donnelly, and Da'Nelle Williams (JR/Picayune, MS) brought the Koalas their fourth victory of the meet.
Monahan and Donnelly went on to place second in the 500 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke respectively as well as participating in the second place 200 Medley Relay alongside Adams and Williams. Individually, Adams took second in 100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke.
The Columbia Swimmers also finished third in both the 800 Freestyle Relay (Cydney Donnelly, Da'Nelle Williams, Megan Monahan, Marianne DeWitt) and the 400 Freestyle Relay (Cydney Donnelly, Marianne DeWitt, Megan Monahan, Da'Nelle Williams). Donnelly grabbed the third place finish in the 50 Freestyle while Cassie Adams placed third in the 100 Butterfly.
Williams finished with 2 fourth place finishes in the 200 Individual Medley and 400 Individual Medley.
Additional Scoring Swims:
Marianne DeWitt: 6th in the 200 and 1650 Freestyle, 9th in the 500 Freestyle
Ariel Prescott: 10 in the 1650 Freestyle, 11th in the 500 Freestyle, 13th in the 200 Backstroke
Anna Littlejohn: 14th in the 200 Backstroke, 15th in the 100 Backstroke
Adriane Belton: 9th in the 200 Butterfly, 10 in the 100 Butterfly, 14th in the 100 Backstroke
Da'Nelle Williams: 7th in the 200 Breaststroke
Coach Gallaher had high praise for the team, "Our success at the Conference Championship was due to a total team effort. We had some great swims from every swimmer. We achieved 4 new school records, several lifetime best times and some additional qualifying time standards for our National Championship. It was great to see how well our team raced, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them race again at Nationals in a couple weeks. It was a wonderful way to see our Seniors swim in their final Conference Championship Meet."
The Koalas will swim again at the NAIA Nationals in Columbus, GA from March 1-4th.