WKU swim ‘in the hunt’ after second day at Sun Belt championships

Lucas Aulbach

The men’s and women’s swim teams gained some impressive victories Thursday on the second night of the Sun Belt Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, finishing what Head Coach Brice Marchionda called a “good day.”

Senior Claire Donahue continued her hot streak with another first place finish, this time in the 50-yard freestyle. Her time of 22:72 in a qualifying heat set another Sun Belt Conference record, already her second of the week.

In the 200 freestyle relay, both WKU teams took first place, with the men’s team — consisting of junior Kevin Knezevich, senior David Menchinger, sophomore William Kunkel and senior Nick Slattery — turning in a Sun Belt Conference record-setting performance.

Marchionda said he was optimistic about the state of the teams.

The men are currently second in the standings with 305.5 points, while the women fell to third Thursday behind North Texas and Denver.

The championships conclude Saturday.

“Our men are eight and a half points out of first,” Marchionda said. “We’re in a good position to make a run tomorrow, and out women are in the hunt too.”