Swimming: McM men 3rd, women 9th at Liberal Arts

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The curtain came down on the 2013 Liberal Arts Championships swimming meet on Saturday, with the McMurry men's team earning a third place finish and the women's squad a ninth. The event was hosted by Coe College.

Emma Donaldson had the best performance for the War Hawk women, winning her B-finals race and placing ninth overall in a time of 2:39.35.

But the final day belonged to the McM men, who improved one position each day in a tough field of competition.

The 200 butterfly was the event most dominated by McMurry, grabbing two placewinners, each, in the A-finals and B-finals races. Luis Aguilar (2:03.80) and Craig Bell (2:04.38) finished Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Nick Helgerson (2:12.14) and Christian Chavez (2:13.11) were 11th and 13th.

In the 200 backstroke, McMurry had the Nos. 5-7 finishers in the A-finals race with David Bowers (1:59.79), David Winget (2:00.63) and Kent Grimes (2:00.82).

In the 100 freestyle, K.C. Steblein and Cameron Sikes went 10 and 11 in the overall finish. Steblein swam a 48.92 seconds and Sikes a 49.17.

In the men's 200 breaststroke, Kamron Salinas had the War Hawks' highest individual finish of the day with a fourth (2:14.25). Teammate Isaac Chantos was 14th overall (2:28.95).

In the grueling 1650 freestyle race, Nicholas Alvarez earned an eighth place award by gritting his way to a finish of 17:42.32. Dalton Walker was in 11th place at 18:10.52.

In the final event of the day – the men's 400 freestyle relay – the McMurry quartet of Sikes, Bowers, Steblein and Grimes put a punctuation mark on the team's efforts for the three-day meet by placing sixth (3:17.19).

Complete results of the Liberal Arts Invitational can be seen on

Information provided by McMurry athletics department.

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