The Anderson University men's swimming and diving team earned two wins in Saturday's quadrangular in North Manchester featuring Manchester University, Olivet College and NCAA Division II's Urbana University.
Anderson (5-6, 2-3) rolled to a 182-26 victory against Manchester (0-8, 0-3). The Ravens cruised to a 186-31 win against Urbana (3-6). Olivet (6-5) handed Anderson a 162-105 loss.
In the program's fourth year of existence, the Ravens have rewritten the history books. After earning one total dual win during the program's first three years, the Ravens tallied five wins this season.
"I am so proud of how our men have competed throughout the regular season," Coach Tanner Barton said. "In our program's first three seasons, the men had only garnered one dual meet victory. In this 2019-2020 season, they secured five dual meet victories. Much of the men's success comes from their open-mindedness and thirst for competition. The training methods the men were exposed to this year were different than the training methods from past seasons. Their willingness to stay open-minded under this newer training and their eagerness to race cannot be overlooked. The men must take pride in the 2019-2020 regular season."
Noah Scheffer captured first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.84 seconds. The freshman from Lambertville, Mich. took second (1:55.98) in the 200 freestyle.
"Noah continues to excel in the 100 Butterfly as he won the event in 52.84 seconds. If Noah continues to swim the way he is, there's no telling what he will accomplish in this event."
Evan Kropf raced to first in the 50 butterfly with a PR time of 24.17 seconds. The sophomore from Fort Wayne currently ranks sixth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) in the 50 butterfly. Kropf earned second (48.98) in the 100 freestyle.
Alex Cubellis captured first (26.40) in the 50 backstroke. The freshman from Fort Wayne secured third (58.43) in the 100 backstroke and third (24.55) in the 50 freestyle.
Josh Ekberg claimed second (29.02) in the 50 breaststroke. The junior from Mahomet, Ill. also finished second (1:04.73) in the 100 breaststroke.
Bryce Holt turned in second (58.03) in the 100 backstroke. The junior from Osceola put together a third-place finish (26.98) in the 50 backstroke.
Kris Keller earned third in both the 1,000 freestyle (11:24.94) and the 200 individual medley (2:13.93). The junior from Fishers claimed fourth (58.06) in the 100 butterfly.
Wil Lashbrook placed fourth (5:41.71) in the 500 freestyle and fifth (2:01.95) in the 200 freestyle. The junior from Anderson clocked a PR time of 33.35 seconds in the 50 breaststroke.
David Lange took fourth in both the 100 breaststroke (1:09.49) and the 200 individual medley (2:23.69). The freshman from Milaca, Minn. secured fifth (31.67) in the 50 breaststroke.
Andrew Taflinger captured fourth in both the 50 butterfly (27.10) and the 50 backstroke (29.68). The senior from Terre Haute finished sixth (1:02.24) in the 100 backstroke.
Austin Orr claimed fourth (12:27.32) in the 1,000 freestyle. The freshman from Thorntown captured fifth (5:55.97) in the 500 freestyle and sixth (58.71) in the 100 freestyle.
Anthony Stultz took fifth (12:28.99) in the 1,000 freestyle. The freshman from New Palestine secured sixth in the 500 freestyle with a PR time of 5:57.16.
The Ravens fielded a 400 freestyle relay of Kropf, Ekberg, Holt and Scheffer, which locked up first (3:23.47). Anderson also put together a 200 medley relay of Kropf, Ekberg, Scheffer and Holt, which earned second (1:39.88).
Anderson battles in the three-day HCAC Championships, beginning on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. in Terre Haute.
"As we prepare for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship, the men must continue to ready themselves mentally and physically. We have already rewritten 12 of our program records, but I expect the men to break even more records at the championship."