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PU takes 10 first place finishes

Mars Hill, NC Ė The Pfeiffer University Falcons lost to the Mars Hill College Lions in non-conference men's and women's swimming action on Friday evening. Pfeiffer put up a strong showing, even though the Lions almost doubled the Falcons in roster size. There was no doubt that Pfeiffer would lose the meet due to their numbers, but the Falcons showed they were true competitors by taking 10 first place finishes. The men lost 147-111, while the women lost by a score of 189-58.

Opening up the meet with a first place win for the menís team was the 200 yard medley relay team of Marc Kourie (Johannesburg, South Africa), Kevin Parks (Mesa, AZ), Zach McMichael (Raleigh, NC), and Pat Porter (Kannapolis, NC) with a time of 1:41.32. These four gentlemen swam a 3:21.29 to close out the evening with a first place win as the 400 yard freestyle relay team. Kourie took his third first place finish in the 100 yard backstroke (56.73). Parks swam a 2:23.43 to take first in the 200 yard breaststroke. McMichael finished in the top spot in the 100 butterfly (52.81) and won the 200 butterfly (1:57.37) by the full length of the pool. Porter also took home two more wins in the 50 (22.05) and 100 (50.25) freestyles.

Brittany Byrum (Matthews, NC) was the top finisher for the womenís team taking home two first place wins. She pushed through the last 10 yards and swam a 1:03.90 in the 100 yard butterfly. Byrum also out touched her competitors to win the 200 yard backstroke with a 2:17.99.
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