2017-18 Women's Swimming
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Freshman Allie Murphy (left) set an individual record and swam with junior Bailee Spivey (right) in a record-setting 200 medl
Women's Swimming - Sat, Oct. 7, 2017

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Point University women's swimming team, coached by Kaymee Kelly, defeated three of its five dual-meet opponents and set two new school records and recorded one NAIA cut in its first competition of the season, Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Emmanuel College Fall Invitational in Franklin Springs, Ga.


Point defeated Bethel University (Tenn.), 87-57; LaGrange College (Ga.), 114-19; and Life University (Ga.), 94-50; and lost 153-39 to the hosts from Emmanuel College and by a narrow 78-72 margin to King University (Tenn.).  Point finished third among the six schools in the competition with its 3-2 record.  Emmanuel went 5-0, and King was 4-1.


Point's 200-yard medley relay team placed third and set a new school record of 2:01.42 in their first competition of the season.  Senior Courteney Darrow (Newnan, GA) led off and was followed by freshman Allie Murphy (Orlando, FL) and sophomore Katie Johnson (Hebron, KY), and junior Bailee Spivey (Douglasville, GA) swam the anchor leg.  Their time also qualified them already for the NAIA National Championships in Columbus, Ga., in March, 2018.


Murphy also set a new school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.11 seconds in her collegiate debut and placed sixth in the event.  She also placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.49.


Spivey, freshman Brittany Morris (McDonough, GA); junior Elissa Fuller (Deland, FL); and junior Megan Manning (Deland, FL) teamed together for a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay and posted a time of 1:57.68.


Spivey also missed Darrow's 2015-16 school record in the 100-yard backstroke by just two-hundredths of a second when she swam a 1:05.83 and placed fourth in the event.  Darrow finished fifth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:41.91 and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 1:08.55.


Manning also placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:09.73 and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:08.14.  Johnson placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:14.52, and Fuller also finished third in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 13:16.24 and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:21.70. Morris placed eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:12.79, and ninth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 30.86 seconds.


NEXT COMPETITION:  Point swims next at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.