Former Stratford, SMRT swimming standout Hornikel earns All-America honors
INDIANAPOLIS — Alabama junior B.J. Hornikel, who swam for Charleston’s Southern Marlins Racing Team and Stratford High School, finished fifth at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the 100 freestyle in a school-record time, earning first team All-American honors.
Hornikel posted a career-best 42.46 in the finals, breaking the school mark set by four-time Olympic gold medalist Jon Olsen in 1991. Southern California’s Vlad Morozov set an NCAA record in 40.76, breaking Cesar Cielo’s mark in 2008 by 0.17 seconds.
Hornikel earned honorable mention All-America in the 100 freestyle in 2012 and in the 200 freestyle with an 11th-place finish Friday. He also took 21st in the 50 freestyle.
The Charleston Battery beat the Carolina Railhawks, 1-0, in soccer. The lone score came in the first half when Nicki Patterson received a cross at the left post and was able to flick the ball to Jose Cuevas, who scored.
The Battery opens the regular season April 13 at the Richmond Kickers.
College of Charleston lost both ends of a doubleheader and was swept in a three-game series by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. The Cougars (15-15, 6-5 Southern Conference) lost 8-7 and 10-7.
Chandler Frisbie drove in four runs on the day, and Allison Pedigo had three. Lizzy Vaughn added a homer and two RBIs.
In Radford, Va., Radford (11-18, 4-1 Big South) beat Charleston Southern, 7-1, to complete the series sweep.
Marci Christian hit a solo homer for CSU (6-29, 0-9).
College of Charleston (5-2) beat Jacksonville, 3-2, on the second day of the Jacksonville Sand Volleyball Tournament to post a 3-1 mark on the weekend.
The Cougars got victories from Andi Zbojniewicz /Darcy Dorton, Kelly Kolich/Emily Neideffer and Sloane White/Taeler Davis.
Charleston will face Tulane in Siesta Key, Fla., on April 12.
The Citadel women’s track and field team took down four school relay records at the Raleigh Relays.
The women’s 4x800, 4x200, 4x100 and sprint medley relay teams all moved to the top of The Citadel’s record book. The 4x800 team of Micah Wessinger, Danielle McKee, Jackie Thompson and Jessica DeWitte shattered the school mark by 20 seconds, clocking in at 9:44 for the event.
Chalita Johnson, Tanisha Bethel, Nicole Levermann and Danielle Williams had a time of 48.17 in the 4x100, while a similar 4x200 team of Johnson, Bethel, Alex Moss and Williams, clocked in at 1:42.62.
The sprint medley squad consisting of Moss, Bethel, Wessinger and Williams also broke the school record with a fifth place time of 4:04.59.
In the men’s relays, John Gatewood, Jordan Ashley, Jordan Johnson and Greg Coggins moved into third place in Citadel history with a time of 7:46 in the 4x800, while Gus Vazquez-Milan, Tevin Williams, Kevin Poland and Valian Brown posted a time of 1:28.54 in the 4x200 to nab fourth in the school’s record book.
The men’s sprint medley relay team of Jamaal Brantley, Williams, Vazquez-Milan and Ashley moved into 10th place all-time with a mark of 3:30.77.
Caillian Colquitt posted a fifth-best Citadel time in the 5,000 with 19:18.42.
The College of Charleston women’s team had three athletes posted marks in the top 10 in school history at the Raleigh Relays.
Christine Klinar improved on her school record in the javelin as she placed seventh with a throw of 41.85 meters, the second-best throw in the Southern Conference this season. Roshani Glover set the top mark in the SoCon this season and second-best mark in school history with a ninth-place finish in the triple jump at 12.06 meters. Hayley McMahon ran 4 minutes, 38.63 seconds in the 1,500 meters, the third best time in the SoCon this season and sixth-best time in school history.
Members of the men’s cross country team competed at the Winthrop Invitational. Adam Seften led the Cougars as he finished third in a time of 15:38.44, while Manning Miller was fifth in 15:46.01.