BL takes first and second at KOC Invitational

BL takes first and second at KOC Invitational

The Bishop Lynch AquaFriars hosted Jesuit, Ursuline, John Paul II, and Nolan in the Knights of Columbus Invitational on Saturday. 

The Lady Friars won the meet, scoring 85 points to 78 for Ursuline, 39 for JP2 and 33 for Nolan. 

The Lady Friars were led by Niamh Tierney, who won the 100-yard freestyle and finished 2nd in the 200-yard individual medley, and Ailish Tierney, who won the 200-yard freestyle and was 2nd in the 100-yard backstroke. 

The ladies received other strong performances from:

Lindsay Hudspeth, 2nd in the 50-yard freestyle and 3rd in the 100-yard butterfly;

Bonnie Nolan, 2nd in the 100-yard freestyle; and

• Elli Jordan, 3rd in the 500-yard freestyle.


Ailish and Niamh Tierney grouped with Jesseca Hageman and Annie Zajicek to win the 200-yard freestyle relay, and Nolan, Zajicek, Hudspeth and Ailish Tierney joined to win the 400-yard freestyle relay. Nolan, Hageman, Hudspeth and Niamh Tierney combined to finish 2nd in the 200-yard medley relay.

The men's team finished second in the meet, behind Jesuit but ahead of TAPPS rivals JPII and Nolan. 

The men were led by an outstanding performance from Will Eckles. Eckles won the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, winning the latter in 59.61 seconds, a personal best time and only 0.8 seconds off the school record. Eckles got support from:


Sean O'Hare, 3rd in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle;

Eric Bray, 4th in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle;

George Smith, 4th in the 200-yard individual medley; and

• Joe Weber, 4th in the 100-yard freestyle.


The 200-yard freestyle relay team of O'Hare, Weber, George Smith and Will Seidel finished 2nd in that event. O'Hare, Eckles and Weber

joined Killian Baker to finish 2nd in the 400-yard freestyle relay.