TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Four relays and sophomore Christain Poole (Anderson, Ind.) helped Manchester University remain close to a team top three mark at the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10.
Poole's 21.92 clocking in the 50-yard freestyle, setting a new program record, was good for fourth and just four-tenths off a potential runner-up effort. The sophomore wrapped up a top-notch Friday at the Vigo County Aquatics Center, pitching in for the fifth-place 400-yard medley relay anchoring juniors Guerby Ruuska (Rensselaer, Ind.) and Nathan Koch (Columbia City, Ind.) and freshman Kyle Erwin (Attica, Ind.) to a 3:57.18 and joining Ruuska, Koch and freshman Jacob Ramer (Crawfordsville, Ind.) for a similar ending in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:33.19).
Day two saw more of the same from the Spartans' relays. Erwin, Koch, Ramer and freshman Kole Kelley (Decatur, Ind.) took fourth in the 800-yard freestyle event (8:29.08), and Erwin, Kelley, Poole and Ruuska hit the wall in 1:46.14 in the 200-yard medley relay.
MU's 131-point team total was just six points behind rival Anderson University for a spot in the first three. The 2018 championships conclude Sunday, Feb. 11.