Swimming and Diving Falls at Howard
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 11/04/2017
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Courtesy: Jonathan King

WASHINGTON, D.C. - John Kim swept the backstroke events and Morgan Davis set a new school record in the 400 IM, but the VMI Keydet swimming and diving teams dropped both sides of a dual meet with the Howard Bison, contested Saturday in Washington, D.C. The VMI women (0-6) fell 146-109, while the Keydet men (1-4) suffered a 145-117 loss.

Kim continued his strong start to the year by winning both the 100 back (52.53) and 200 back (1:57.58), while Davis' third-place effort in the 400 IM saw her touch the wall in 4:59.39 for the first new school record of the season for either Keydet squad. Davis would also post a victory in the 200 fly (2:17.82) later in the event.

McKenzie Raber and Jacob Smilie joined Kim as dual winners, as Raber won the 500 free (5:42.42) and 1000 free (11:31.91) and Smilie was victorious in the 200 free (1:48.12) and 400 IM (4:23.23). Natalie Rivas and Calle Biles won events as well, with Rivas touching the wall first in the 50 free (25.56) and Biles prevailing in 1-meter diving with a mark of 140.35. Rivas was also second in the 100 free (57.59). Three Keydets posted a pair of runner-up finishes, with David Turbyfill doing so in the 500 and 1000 free events (5:00.51/10:27.47), Zoe Salafatinos posting two second-place results in the 100 back and 500 free (1:06.37/5:44.96) and Ryan Schmitz accomplishing the feat in the 50 and 100 free (22.30/49.28).

VMI swimming and diving will return to action November 11, when the Keydets play host to William & Mary at Clark King Pool on Post. The meet is set for an 11 a.m. start.


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