Joe O'Hara was a part of Xavier's 400 medley relay team that shattered the previous school record.
Feb. 22, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - The Xavier University swim team continued to pick up medals and break teams records on the third day of the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships. Chad Thompson (bronze), Sam Conchuratt (silver) and the men's 400 medley relay team (silver) picked up medals, with the latter two also setting team records.
Mackenna Rife (4:30.32) finished in third and Natalie Hyde (4:33.80) of the B final in the women's 400 IM. Thompson swam the 400 IM in 3:57.81 to claim a bronze medal. The Musketeers also picked up points from Nick Foster (4:03.75), who finished fourth in the B final.
It's been a meet of close calls for Conchuratt. After being out-touched by six one-hundredths of a second in the 200 IM Thursday, he came just three one-hundredths of a second shy of winning the 100 fly. Conchuratt's time of 48.43 broke his own record in the event, which he set Friday morning's preliminaries.
Knox Hitt (49.44) and Pablo Morejon (50.29) made it a Musketeer affair in the 100 fly, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively.Eric Dirvin (1:40.17) came in eighth in the main event of the men's 200 free. In the B final, Will Oswald finished sixth with a time of 1:40.65.
Haley Dresner and Hyde picked up more points for the women's team in the 100 breast. Dresner (1:06.36) finished sixth and Hyde (1:06.71) touched eighth in the consolation finals. The men's team followed suit in the 100 breast, with Rick Stewart winning the race with a time of 56.61. Michael Gordon (57.40) and Carter Clark (57.70) touched sixth and seventh, respectively, in the B finals.
After missing the A finals by a mere one one-hundredth of a second, Carolyn Stewart claimed first place in the consolation race with a time of 56.10. Jacquelyn Misanik added a third-place showing in the race, finishing in 56.97. On the men's side, Joe O'Hara (50.12) and David Maxwell (50.38) took seventh and eighth in the main finals. John Kinney (50.91) and Hitt (51.24) gave Xavier more points in the event by finishing fourth and sixth in the B final.
The men's 400 medley relay team of O'Hara, Rick Stewart, Conchuratt and Luke Johanns put themselves on the podium with a time of 3:18.27, earning a silver medal and yet another team record. The foursome smashed Xavier's previous record, set just last season, by 1.78 seconds.
After three days of competition, the Xavier women's swimming team sits in 10th place overall with 113 points. With 363 points, the men's team sits safely in third place.
The preliminaries of the final day of the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Xavier will have participants in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. The 1650 free will be contested at 3:30 p.m.