FORT PIERCE, Florida: The GCC swim team wrapped up its stay at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships on Saturday, swimming in the final events of the four-day competition in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Kyle Podlaski reached the podium for the Cougars after finishing eighth in the men's 200 back. He swam a 2:02.33 in the finals which matched his prelims time from the morning to qualify him.
Denzel Flowers dropped over 1:12 off of his seed time in the 1650 free and swam a 20:17.65 to finish in 18th place overall. Miranda Dunton swam the event on the women's side and clocked in at 20:56.79 to finish in 12th place.
MiKenna Carpenter swam in the B finals of the first two finals events on Saturday night, finishing 10th overall in the women's 50 fly (28.73) and 12th in the 100 free (57.51). Heather Farrell swam the B finals of the 200 back and finished fifth in the heat, 13th overall, with an end time of 2:31.75.
Thomas Richardson dropped more than two seconds off of his seed time in the men's 100 free to finish in 54.52, which placed 22nd in the race. Jason Woerner also dropped time off of his seed swim in the event and finished in 54.97, which placed 25th. He also raced in the B finals of the 200 breast and swam a 2:38.46 to finish 14th.
Carpenter, Dunton, Farrell and Islelie Silvanie teamed up to swim the women's 400 free relay and finished on the podium in seventh place (3:58.66) and Podlaski, Richardson, Woerner and Lyle Wagner swam the men's race and finished in eighth place (3:27.48).
Wagner, who became the first swimmer at GCC to finish in the top eight of four individual events, was named the Swimmer of the Meet for non-scholarship schools.
Both teams finished in seventh place in the team standings for the championships. The men totaled 204 points and the women finished with 185.