Swimming - Wed, Feb. 15, 2017
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Several Union College swimmers received All-Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) honors this past weekend at the AAC Championship Meet, which was held at the Kingsport Aquatic Center in the HMG Competition Pool in Kingsport, Tenn.

Iyas Shivji (SO/Nairobi, Kenya) and Kellianne Holck (SR/Island Lake, Ill. ) earned a spot on the 2016-17 AAC Champion of Character Team. To be selected for this honor, both swimmers represented and embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, which includes respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

A total of five swimmers received AAC All-Academic Team honors. On the men's side, Ivar de Jong (SO/Almere, The Netherlands) and Bailey Harris (SO/Sunshine Coast, Australia) were recognized, while Holck, Lara Kaufmann (SR/Schwerte, Germany), and Eliska Melicharova (SR/Upice, Czech Republic) represented the women's team. 

During the meet, several Bulldogs earned All-AAC Team honors. To earn All-AAC honors in swimming, a person must place in the top three of an event. If an event has five or fewer participants, only the winning person receives All-AAC honors. For relay events, all four members of the relay team receive All-AAC honors. In swimming, person can earn multiple All-AAC honors.

For the men, Timothy Pitts (SO/Haysville, Kan.) made the All-AAC Team in 1-Meter Diving and 3-Meter Diving. 

De Jong also claimed All-AAC honors for his performances in the 200 IM, 800 Freestyle Relay, 400 IM, and the 200 Breaststroke.  Joining de Jong in the 800 Freestyle Relay was Grant Davies (FR/RCT, Wales), Harris, and Lucas Lucena (SR/Joinville, Brazil). Harris also received honors in the 100 Breaststroke, while Davies made the squad in the 200 Butterfly.

On the women's side, Kaufmann would take home All-AAC Team honors in the 500 Freestyle, 400 IM, and the 1650 Freestyle. Holck also received All-AAC Team honors in the 1650 freestyle.

The Bulldogs will jump back into action at the NAIA National Championship Meet, which will be held March 1-4 at the Columbus Aquatic Center in Columbus, Ga.