ROCKWALL, Texas — The Hendrix College swimming & diving teams broke two school records on Friday at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at the Rockwall ISD Natatorium.
Sophomore John Byford broke the 28-year old 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:15.51, breaking Eric Hooyschur’s 1984 record by .38 seconds, good for fifth place. Senior Vanessa Morris finished seventh in the 200 freestyle and broke her own mark of 1:59.10, set in 2010. Byford, from Oklahoma City, Okla., also finished ninth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.23. Byford, Matthew Larson, Joseph Schmits and Samuel Maynard took eighth in the 800 freestyle relay in 7:45.30.
Maynard, a freshman, placed 21st in the 100 butterfly in 59.65 seconds.
For the women, freshman Sydney Haldeman of Conway finished fifth with a 1:00.67 in the 100 backstroke finals. Junior Alanna Montgomery swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.00 in the preliminary round and placed 16th in the finals.
Haldeman, Montgomery, Morris and freshman Taylor Keplin were seventh in the 200 medley relay in 2:00.62. Morris, Haldeman, junior Emily Hanson and freshman Laura Price finished sixth in the 800 freestyle relay in 8:17.83.
Keplin just missed making the finals of the 400 yard IM with a 17th place finish in 5:12.92, shaving nearly eight seconds off her previous best in the event. Freshman Ava Commissariat also had a season-best 1:11.28 in the 100 butterfly, taking 17th.