Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 10, 2013

Taylor breaks two records at Transy

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Former Glasgow High swimmer Meghan Taylor has been performing well in her freshman season at Transylvania University.

Taylor broke two school records during a weekend meet at the University of Kentucky, according to information from Transylvania’s athletics website.

She won the 50 freestyle in 24.33 seconds, trimming her time from prelims by nearly one-half second. She placed second in the 100 freestyle finals with a time of 52.69, which was more than a second faster than her prelim time in that event at the Transylvania Invitational. The university’s 50 record had been 24.5 set in 2011 by Alison Cahill. The school’s 100 record was 53.34 set by Cahill in 2012, which was her senior season.

Taylor had already garnered recognition this year for her performance against Union College in a meet nearly three weeks ago.

She was named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week after she took first place in the 50 freestyle and finished a strong second place in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, while anchoring the 400 free relay team, in events against Union College. Taylor topped the conference in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events prior to her performance this past weekend.

Coach Kyle Dunaway noted that Taylor “impresses us with her grit and competitiveness as she progresses into her first year. Taylor has taken the initiative to learn the 200 freestyle in her first season.”

“This is a tough event to ‘learn’ how to swim as it is not really a sprint, but not at a distance event either,” said Coach Dunaway. “Her ability to grasp it, learn from it, and trust herself has been quite impressive.”

Perkins leads Union to victory

A big second half helped turn a two-point lead into an 85-65 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory for No. 21 Union over visiting Point (Ga.) on Saturday.

The win snaps a two-game winless streak for the Bulldogs, who improve to 7-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Skyhawks fall to 6-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.

Up 36-34 at the break, Union opened the second half with a 9-0 run to push the margin to 45-34 with 18:10 remaining. Haley Perkins and Aaliyah Lumson each drained a 3-pointer during the run with Lydia Nash chipping an old-fashioned, three-point. The margin hovered around 12 points for the next five minutes before the Bulldogs went on another run, reeling off 20 of the next 27 to stretch their lead to 74-49 with 7:24 left.

Point accounted for the next six points to make it a 19-point game, but Union pushed the lead to 81-57 after a Lumson bucket with 3:14 to go en route to the 20-point decision.

Five Bulldogs scored in double figures with Perkins leading the way with 17 points. Nash had 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and Lumson knocked in 14 points. Macy Clontz and Alyson Roberts contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Dereese Owens led Point with 19 points with 17 coming in the first half alone. Alex Tucker added 12.

Union dominated the glass, outrebounding Point 47-32 and shot 50 percent (31-of-62 shots) from the field. The Bulldogs hit seven 3-pointers but hit only 26.9 percent (7-of-26) of their long range shots.

Conversely, Point connected on 23-of-62 shots (37.1 percent) from the field and was 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from behind the arc.

The Bulldogs are off until Friday when they will host the Union College Holiday Classic. Union will open play on Friday against Tennessee Temple at 8 p.m. before taking on Cumberlands (Ky.) at 4 p.m. on Saturday.