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College swimming: Brenau claims title at Appalachian Athletic Conference championship
Brenau University swimmers celebrate winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship on Saturday in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The Brenau University swimming program earned 12 first place finishes to help clinch its second-consecutive Appalachian Athletic Conference Swimming Championship on Saturday.

The Golden Tigers totaled 587 points to outpace second-place Milligan College, who tallied 511 points.

The Golden Tigers swim team now looks ahead to the NAIA Swimming and Diving championships from Feb 27-March 2 in Columbus.

On the final day of competition, senior 

Lindsay Dowling earned her third title of the three-day championships by winning the 200 backstroke over Milligan’s Maggie Halloran by almost four seconds. 

The Brenau senior previously secured titles in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly earlier in the meet.

Ashlyn Steinbach then won her first individual conference title with a win in the 200 breaststroke in 2:25.82.

The Golden Tigers also earned three second-place finishes as Nikoletta Alvanou captured second place in the 200 breaststroke (2:28.61), Haley Bartoletta earned second in the 200 butterfly (2:16.24) and Yanne Toussaint notched a second place finish in the 100 freestyle (52.62). 

Additionally, Brenau coach Nate Rhoads was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for his team’s performance at the meet. The team also received the Scholar All-America Award at the end of January from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America.

Compiled by Bill Murphy

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