TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's swimming and diving team swept all 20 event championships to dominate the inaugural Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, while the women's team had a strong second place finish in the three-day event at the Vigo County Aquatic Center.
Rose-Hulman won the men's competition with 935.5 points, outdistancing Franklin at 465.5. Anderson finished third with 197, followed by Manchester at 195 and Transylvania at 161.
On the women's side, Franklin narrowly topped the Fightin' Engineers by a 631-589 margin to capture the inaugural conference title. Transylvania placed third with 336 points, with Manchester placing fourth at 283 and Anderson fifth at 172.
Rose-Hulman accomplished a nearly impossible feat by winning all 20 men's event championships on the weekend. Cam Gill paced the effort with three event wins, including a school record performance in the 100-backstroke (50.53). He also earned first-place honors in the 50-freestyle (21.45) and the 100-freestyle (46.26).
Two-event winners included Patrick King in the 100-butterfly (50.66) and 200-butterfly (1:53.24); Avery Krovetz in the 500-freestyle (4:45.90) and 1650-freestyle (16:50.36); Ben Stone with a school record in the 200-backstroke (1:52.17) and a win in the 200-freestyle (1:42.54); Ethan Park who won the 200-breaststroke (2:07.05) and tied teammate Nick Samra for the 100-breaststroke title (58.38); and Peter Venema with a school record in one-meter diving (527.30) and a win in three-meter diving (449.25).
Rose-Hulman also swept all five relay events. The 200-freestyle relay team of Tyler Sariscsany, Kipp, Sean Gish and Gill had a time of 1:23.66. The 200-medley relay team of Gill, Park, Michael Rosier and Kipp won in 1:33.01. The 400-medley relay squad of Stone, Park, King and Gish had a time of 3:25.96. The 800-freestyle relay team of Gill, Krovetz, Evan Meredith and Stone won in 6:57.30. The 400-freestyle relay team of Kipp, Stone, Gish and Gill capped the meet with a time of 3:04.17 in the 400-freestyle.
On the women's side, freshman Elisa Weber won two events to pace the Fightin' Engineer performance. Weber won the 200-individual medley (2:10.67) and the 400-individual medley (4:44.41) with school record performances, and had a third school record with her runner-up finish in the 200-breaststroke (2:29.54).
Bethany Lefeber enjoyed a strong performance with school records in both the 100-butterfly (58.92) and breaking her own mark in the 200-butterfly (2:12.53). Lefeber also won the 100-butterfly with her record performance. The women's squad capped the meet with a win in the 400-freestyle relay, as the team of Lefeber, Elle Nowakowski, Lauren Blake and Weber completed the race in a school record 3:37.49.
Two more school records for conference runner-up performances on the weekend. Michelle Reese scored 466.35 points in one-meter diving for runner-up honors, while the 800-freestyle relay team of Blake, Lefeber, Maria Kline and Weber set a school record time with a mark of 7:59.59.
The HCAC Most Valuable Player Award, all-conference teams, Freshmen of the Year and Coaches of the Year will be released by the conference office in the coming days.