CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sisters Sarah and Amanda Tatko opened up competition in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimming Championships with 27th and 28th-place finishes respectively in the 1000-yard freestyle race, the longest in the tournament.

Sarah Tatko finished with a time of 12:17.58, a minute out of 15th place and almost two minutes from champion Isabel Nystrom.

Her sister, Amanda, finished almost exactly one second behind with a time of 12:18.56.

The Lions now move to the preliminary rounds of competition on Thursday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, N.C.  The day will feature over 35 combined men’s and women’s events with titles up-for-grabs between 17 various schools.