Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Carson-Newman men's swim team currently sits in second-place after completing its five events in day one of the 2017 NSU Shark Invitational.
The team's first event of the day was the 200-yard freestyle relay, which brought a third-place finish. The squad of Nikola Tadic, Chad Andoljsek, Jonny Goss and Jon Lancaster completed the event in 1:24.16. The same group collected the top finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay last week against Limestone.
"Really pleased with the performance of the whole team today," Coach Jordan Taylor said. "Off a short week, they really stepped up and even the athletes were impressed with themselves."
Junior Marcelo Figueiredo earned third-place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:34.86, which is 17 seconds better than his time last weekend in Gaffney, S.C. for the same event. The finish marks the third-best time in the country in Division II.
In the 200-yard individual medley, the Eagles placed two athletes in the top-three out of a total of 44 swimmers. Junior Jon Lancaster finished runner-up to Rodrigo Codo Berti of the University of Indianapolis with a time of 1:53.47. Sophomore Caleb Howell, a native of Easley, S.C., followed Lancaster finishing at 1:53.65.
"We worked on some things with Jon over this past week and really impressed with what he did," Taylor added. "Caleb and Paden both swam some of their best times, I was really impressed with their performance but it's tough to single people out because everybody was fantastic."
Sophomore Paden Duke competed in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 4:50.70.
C-N had three swimmers finish in the top-10 times in the 50-yard freestyle with junior Seth Hughes leading the way with a time of 21.43 ultimately holding the 5th spot. Goss, tied another opponent for sixth-place finishing the swim in 21.44. The freshman Andoljsek came in with a time of 21.46 ultimately in the 8th due to the tie. 51 swimmers competed in the event.
The standings currently have the Eagles with 191.5 points, ahead of South Atlantic Conference foe Wingate who holds the third spot with 176 points.
"Wingate is a rival we are trying to stay ahead of," Taylor mentioned. "We're trying to overtake them and they have a really good team. It's a good measuring stick to see where we are early on in the season."
The next session will take place tomorrow morning, Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m., with the afternoon session to follow right after at 2:00 p.m.
You can view the full results from day one here.