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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College swimming programs once again showed steady improvement this weekend at the three-day Fall Frenzy Invitational in Charlotte. Against competition from every level of the NCAA along with some nationally-ranked programs, the Bobcats recorded several personal-best marks.
Friday's Recap – Day one of the Fall Frenzy for the Bobcats was highlighted by the trio of Arsham Mirzaei, John David McCray and Javier Sanchez. All three swimmers logged top 15 times in their respective events during the preliminary runs. Mirzaei, who finished 10th in the 50 yard freestyle during the prelims, shaved eight tenths of a second off his time from the prelims to post a time of 21.03 in the finals. The time of 21.03 won the B-Final group and placed him seventh overall.
For McCray and Sanchez, meanwhile, the duo both placed within the top 15 times in the 500 yard freestyle and 200 yard individual medley races, respectively. McCray trimmed nearly five full seconds off his time from the prelims to the finals on his way to 10th-place finish overall. Sanchez, meanwhile, held steady in 14th place in his event.
Saturday's Recap – Day two for the Bobcats was highlighted by a pair of double-digit point performances and a top 10 finish in a relay. The strong relay showing occurred in the men's 200 yard medley relay when the quartet of McCray, Sanchez, Mirzaei and Bailey Lupo finished ninth with a time of 1:36.00.
The pair of double figure point-getters for the Bobcats came from Mirzaei (100 yard butterfly) and Sanchez (400 yard individual medley). The tandem finished the day with 17 points and 12 points, respectively. McCray (6 points) and Kayla Fleming (5 points) also scored points as individuals on Saturday.
Sunday's Recap – Three Bobcats scored points on the final day of competition in Charlotte. Mirzaei once again was LMC's leading point getter racking up 20 after getting a time of 45.75 in the 100 yard freestyle. Sanchez was not far behind picking up 15 points in the 200 yard breaststroke. Rounding out the point scorers for Lees-McRae was McCray with seven points in the 200 yard backstroke.
Overall Results – As far as team scores go, the men's team placed 10th among the 12 teams for the three-day event. The women's team, meanwhile, finished 13th among 14 squads. The men's squad outscored Chowan and St. Andrews, while the women's team outpaced Pfeiffer.
Next Up – Lees-McRae won't return to action until the calendar reads 2019. The Bobcats will begin the new year with a trip to Emory & Henry on January 12.