Hampden-Sydney College swim team lose first meet of 2024

Published 2:32 am Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Hampden-Sydney College swim team fell in their first meet of 2024, 207-54, to Roanoke College Saturday afternoon at the Salem YMCA.

In the first of two relay events, the foursome of junior Quinn Hardimon, junior Matt Brooks, freshman Owen Renfrow, and freshman Peter Gonzalez finished fifth in the 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:49.23. 

Finishing sixth in the event were junior Charles Adams, junior Trey Craft, freshman Ben Gerber, and freshman Ronan Self with a time of 1:59.76. In the final relay of the meet, the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, Brooks, senior Patrick Duffy, junior Cody Carnes, and junior Cole Renfrow placed third with a time of 3:47.37.

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The Tigers and Carnes picked up an event victory in the 100 Yard Butterfly, as his time of 55.98 seconds was just enough to finish first. Gerber also competed in the event, finishing in fifth with a time of 1:02.03.

Hardimon was the only Tiger who swam in the 1000 yard freestyle, finishing in fourth with a time of 11:13.54.

Brooks was the first of five straight finishers for H-SC, as his time of 2:02.70 was good for fourth place. Following behind him was Self in fifth (2:18.25), junior Kevin Busch in sixth (2:26.62), junior Carson Mann in seventh (2:32.35), and freshman Mason Brooking in eighth (2:33.79).

Of the two Tigers that swam in the 100 Yard Backstroke, Gerber was the top finisher in fourth place with a time of 1:06.76. He finished just ahead of Duffy in fifth who posted a time of 1:07.79.

More finishes for the Tigers

Cole and Owen Renfrow finished back-to-back in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, with Owen topping his brother in fourth place (1:07.38) and Cole in fifth (1:09.58). Craft finished seventh in the event (1:22.52) with Mann in eighth (1:27.99).

In the 200 Yard Butterfly, Gonzalez grabbed a third-place finish with a time of 2:19.45. Adams finished fourth in the event with a time of 2:26.62 and Self in fifth with a time of 2:31.74.

Carnes nearly took the top spot in the 50 Yard Freestyle, finishing in second and under a second off the event win. Brooks finished in fourth with a time of 24.40 seconds, followed by Duffy in seventh (26.49), Cole Renfrow in eighth (27.25), Brooking in ninth (27.51), and Busch in tenth (28.15).

Carnes was also the top finisher in the 100 Yard Freestyle, with a time of 51.03 which was good for third place. Adams was the next finisher for H-SC in sixth, posting a time of 58.93 seconds. Brooking finished in seventh with a time of 1:03.34, followed by Busch in eighth (1:04.91), Mann in ninth (1:06.58), and Craft in tenth (1:11.88).

In the 200 Yard Backstroke, Gerber was the top of two finishers for the Tigers posting a time of 2:31.08, good for fourth place. Duffy was the other finisher in fifth place posting a time of 2:34.31.

Cole Renfrow was the top Tiger in the 200 Yard Breaststroke, finishing in fifth place with a time of 2:43.02. Craft finished sixth in the event for H-SC with a time of 3:01.98.

In the 500 Yard Freestyle, Hardimon finished in third place with a time of 5:24.21 and was followed up in fifth place by a time of 5:50.05 by Brooking.

The final individual event of the meet was the 200 Yard IM, which saw Owen Renfrow as the top finish for H-SC, finishing fourth with a time of 2:20.92. Gonzalez finished the event in fifth with a time of 2:27.62, and Self finished in seventh with a time of 2:28.33.

Next for Hampden-Sydney College swim team

The Tigers will be back in action for their first home meet of the season on January 27 when they take on both William Peace (NC) University and St. Mary’s (MD) College. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Leggett Pool.