Three Conference Titles | 20 All-Americans | One Individual National Champion
Centre men win, women finish 3rd at SAA swimming championships
The Centre swim teams competed in their final team meet of the season at the SAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. The men's team came back on the final day of competition to win, while the women finished in third.
The Centre men finished in first place with 861 points, edging second place Birmingham Southern, who had 853 points. The Colonels were able to use their depth to rack up points in all events, and it was depth that won the title for them, as junior Spencer Vetter (Lexington, Ky.), the team's high point man of the meet with 46 points, was the only Centre individual to place among the top ten scorers at the meet.
The Colonels trailed BSC by 50 points after senior Travis Adams (Shelbyville, Ky.) finished second in the 3m diving competition. Centre made up ten points in the 200-yard backstroke, with junior John Kelley (Cincinnati, Ohio) leading the way, then made up 11 more points with Spencer Vetter and junior Louis Rodgers (Florence, Ky.) pacing the Colonels in that event. Freshman Ross Wilson (Lexington, Ky.) posted a B-cut time in a second place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, one of four Colonels to score in the event.
It was up to the 4x400 relay teams to come up big to seal the win, and both Centre men's relay teams did just that, as the team of senior Knox McConnell (Lexington, Ky.), John Kelley, junior Nick Rauh (Bowling Green, Ky.) and sophomore John Coogan (Nashville, Tenn.) finished third, while the team of senior James Leary (Atlanta, Ga.), juniors Wes McCrary (Winchester, Ky.) and Jess Pritchett (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Patrick Wells (Louisville, Ky.) finished third to preserve the win.
On the women's side, the Colonels finished with 746.5 points, 20 points behind second place Rhodes, with Birmingham Southern finishing first. Junior Danielle Wahl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) set an SAA record in the mile freestyle to win the event, with senior Clark Weber (Louisville, Ky.) finishing right behind her with a B-cut time in second place.
An additional B-cut was posted in the final Sunday session for the Centre women by sophomore Kristen Holliday (Newark, Del.), who won the 200-yard butterfly. Clark Weber finished second overall in points scored at the meet with 57, while Danielle Wahl and Kristen Larson scored 52 and 50 points respectively, both good enough to land in the top ten overall.
Head coach Dean Brownley was named SAA Men's Coach of the Year for his team's championship.