Bowling Green, Ky. — Sean Penhale broke three individual records and helped break one relay record as the Western Kentucky University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team won the Hilltopper Invitational this weekend at the Bill Powell Natatorium.
On Friday, Penhale grabbed the pool record in the 500-yard Free (4:32.04), on Saturday he earned the pool record in the 400 Individual Medley (4:01.49) and helped the 800 Free Relay team break a pool record, and on Sunday he shattered the pool record in the 1650 Free by just under 14 seconds (15:28.12). The time in the 1650 was just 0.4 seconds short of Karl Swanson’s 15:27.74 school record time.
Peyton Thomas then broke the school record in the 3-meter dive, scoring 329.40 points. The point total knocked Matt Kragh’s 291.05 score from the top, in which he posted in 1993.
For the entire weekend, nine pool records and two school records were broken between the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers.
The Hilltoppers scored 1,043.50 points for the meet. Missouri-Rolla finished second with 555 points and Evansville came in third with 402.50 points. The Lady Toppers tallied 1,051 points, with Evansville scoring 486 points and Vanderbilt added 456 points.
“Overall, the team performed very well for this point in the year,” head coach Bruce Marchionda said. “There are a couple of swims that could be better and we will go back to work on those. However, it was a great weekend at home.”
For the men, Francis Gilmore won the 200 Back in 1:50.15, followed by David Menchinger (1:52.03), and Mike Caruso came in third (1:53.09). Lukasz Herbst tallied first in the 100 Free (46.49) and Mike Podbielski finished third (47.33). Cameron Brown was victorious in the 200 Breast in a time of 2:08.03. The Toppers swept the top three spots in the 200 Fly with Wes Brown coming in first (1:52.63), Endi Babi finished second (1:53.96) and Brian Lewis was third (1:54.19).
The Lady Toppers collected first place in the 1650 Free with Krista Mantay winning in 17:28.61 and Brittany Allen finished third in 17:38.05. Mallory Neltner won the 200 Back in 2:08.20 and Marissa Heebner came in second (2:10.24). Claire Donahue won the 100 Free in 52.70, Jessica Aspinall was second in 52.96, and Kaitlyn Casper finished third in a time of 53.74. Brittany Doss won the 200 Breast (2:27.04), with Kathryn Sutton coming in second (2:27.64) and Christie Beck finishing third (2:27.97).
The Toppers will return to the pool Dec. 1 and 2 when they head to Little Rock, Ark., to compete in the UALR Invite.