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Swim teams earn national ranking after House of Champions

Swim teams earn national ranking after House of Champions

The Centre swim teams competed in the House of Champions meet against almost exclusively Division I opponents in Indianapolis, Ind. the last week of November. Several swimmers and relay teams earned national rankings after the meet.

Both the men's and women's teams finished in eighth place at the House of Champions meet, but according to head coach Dean Brownley, 83% of Centre's swims at the event were seasonal bests and 21% were lifetime bests.

Coming out of the House of Champions, the Centre men were nationally ranked in three relay events. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior James Leary (Atlanta, Ga.), juniors Wes McCrary (Winchester, Ky.) and Jess Pritchett (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Patrick Wells (Louisville, Ky.) is ranked 23rd nationally. The same group of four swimmers is ranked 29th in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

James Leary and Patrick Wells are also part of the 24th ranked 800-yard freestyle relay squad that also includes senior Sam Walker (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore John Coogan (Nashville, Tenn.). In addition to the relays, freshman Ross Wilson (Lexington, Ky.) is currently ranked 26th nationally in the 200-yard butterfly.

The Centre women also left Indianapolis ranked in three relay events. The 800-yard relay team of senior Meghan Holliday (Newark, Del.) and Clark Weber (Louisville, Ky.), junior Hadley Judson (Atlanta, Ga.) and sophomore Kristen Holliday (Newark, Del.) is currently ranked eighth nationally. Weber and Judson were also a part of the 18th ranked 200-yard freestyle squad that also included sophomore Kirsten Larson (Taylor Mill, Ky.) and freshman Ginger Hall (Louisville, Ky.). In the 400-yard medley relay, senior Rachel Carter (Rock Hill, S.C.) joined Ginger Hall, Kristen Holliday and Clark Weber to achieve a #33 ranking.

In individual events, Clark Weber left the weekend ranked sixth in the 200-yard freestyle, tenth in the 500-yard freestyle and 12th in the 1650-yard freestyle. Kristen Holliday earned a #12 national ranking in the 200-yard butterfly, while Meghan Holliday ranked 42nd nationally in the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Danielle Wahl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ranked 18th in the 1650-yard freestyle.

The Centre women are currently ranked 18th in the collegeswimming.com Division III poll, while the men are currently honorable mention top 25. The next meet for the Centre swim teams will be the Colonel Classic here in Danville on January 10-11.