KINGSPORT, Tenn. – After the first day of the 2016 Mid-South Conference Championships, the seventh-ranked Lindsey Wilson men's swimming team is in third place out of six teams.
The Blue Raiders recorded 103.5 points on the first day of competition. Lindsey Wilson trails Cumberlands (Ky.), who is currently in second place with 151.5 points and Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), who is leading the championships with 166 points.
In the first men's event of the MSC Championships, the Blue Raiders had two swimmers compete in the prelims of the 500-yard freestyle. Jose Prado de Lima finished in eighth with a time of 4:58.70, while Ryan Leamy grabbed a 10th-place finish after completing the race in 5:09.43. Both Prado de Lima and Leamy qualified for the B finals.
In the B finals, Prado de Lima and Leamy finished in ninth and 10th overall, respectively. Prado de Lima posted a time of 4:54.13 in the finals, while Leamy swam a 4:59.00.
In a field of 13 competitors for the 200-yard individual medley, Lindsey Wilson had Clemens Patzold, Iker Larzabal, Gage Setzer and Alexander Van Winkle race in the preliminary heats. Patzold was the fastest overall swimmer in prelims with a time of 2:00.99. Larzabal finished sixth with a time of 2:07.16, as Patzold and Larzabal moved on to the championship finals of the event.
Setzer posted a time of 2:07.39 as he finished in eighth place to qualify for the B finals and Van Winkle finished the preliminary heats in 10th, as he also qualified for the B finals.
After leading the pack heading into the finals of the 200-yard individual medley, Patzold improved on his time from prelims after he finished in a time of 1:54.16 during the finals. However, Daniel Buijs of Lindenwood-Belleville edged out Patzold for the MSC Championship with a time of 1:53.77. Larzabal finished the finals in fourth place as he moved up two spots from the prelims.
In the B finals, Setzer finished in 2:03.18 and Van Winkle posted a time of 2:09.43 to finish in eighth and 11th place overall, respectively.
In the final round of prelim races on Thursday, the Blue Raiders had six entrants in the 50-yard freestyle. Taylor Thompson was the lone swimmer for Lindsey Wilson to finish in the top six to qualify for the A finals. Thompson finished in fifth out of 25 swimmers in the event with a time of 22.01.
Zachary Patzer and Jonas Mueller finished inside the top 12 to make it into the B finals. Patzer finished 10th place with a time of 22.96, and Muller finished 12th with a time of 23.12. Travis Durocher just missed qualifying for the B finals after he posted a 13th-place finish in the prelims with a time of 23.22.
The final two Blue Raiders to compete in the 50-yard freestyle were Turk Dogruyol and Dakota Hope. Dogruyol finished the race in 23.68, which slotted him in 17th and Hope finished in 23rd with a time of 28.72.
Thompson finished tied for fifth place in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle after he and Brenden Rodgers of Cumberlands finished in 22.15. Vlad Khoroletc of Cumberlands won the championship with a time of 21.11. The duo of Patzer and Muller finished in eighth and 10th overall in the B final, respectively.
In the finals of the 200-yard medley relay, Lindsey Wilson finished in third place. The team of Patzold, Muller, Prado de Lima and Patzer posted a time of 1:35.67. Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) captured the MSC title in the event with a time of 1:34.86.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team for the Blue Raiders featured Patzold, Prado de Lima, Patzer, and Larzabal. The quartet finished in third with a time of 7:04.34. Lindenwood-Belleville won the event as they finished the race in 6:52.16.
After the first day of competition Patzold was the only swimmer for Lindsey Wilson to earn All Mid-South Conference honors as he earned Second Team All-MSC after he posted a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley.
The second day of the Mid-South Conference Championships begins at 9 a.m. CT on Friday morning in Kingsport, Tenn., with preliminary heats.