GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ferrum College’s men’s and women’s swimming teams opened their 2019-2020 campaigns Saturday in the Guilford (North Carolina) College Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Ferrum’s women’s squad placed sixth in a field of seven teams with 132 points.
NCAA Division II University of North Carolina (UNC) Pembroke won the women’s team competition with 572 points, followed by Guilford (266), Hollins University (262), William Peace (North Carolina) University (155), Sweet Briar College (151) and Salem (North Carolina) College (55).
For Ferrum, Katie Shoaf placed sixth in the 100 butterfly, eighth in the 100 freestyle and ninth in the freestyle, while Hunter Tharpe finished sixth in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley.
Tharpe and Shoaf swam the first and third legs of Ferrum’s 200 medley relay team — which finished sixth. Also, they swam the first and anchor legs of its 200 freestyle realy quartet — which came in seventh.
Ferrum’s men’s team finished third out of three teams, but only 24 points separated first place from third.
Greensboro (North Carolina) College (362) captured top team laurels, followed by William Peace (355) and Ferrum (338).
For Ferrum, Taylor Darnell finished third in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley and was fourth in the 100 backstroke.
Also, Darnell swam the third leg for Panthers foursomes in the 200n medley and 200n freestyle — both of which placed fourth.
Jacob Blaukovitch came in fourth in the 100 breaststroke, fourth in the 200 individual medley and swam the opening legs in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
Dom Philpot placed fourth in the 50 freestyle, swam the second leg in the 200 medley relay and the amchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay.
“Our men’s and women’s teams both put forth a solid effort at our first meet of the season,’’ Ferrum head coach Margaret Bisnett said.
“We have a few things to work on before our first dual meet, but I’m proud of where we are for being four weeks into training,’’ Bisnett said.
Bisnett is in her fifth year as the head coach of the men’s and women’s clubs.
Ferrum competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Relays Saturday in Lexington.
Washington and Lee University is hosting the event at the W&L Natatorium.