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Colonels turn in strong performances at House of Champions
The Centre swimming and diving teams made their annual trip to Indianapolis, Ind. to compete in the House of Champions meet, hosted by IUPUI. The Colonels were the only Division III team in the field, but turned in seasonal best performances in nearly every event of the three-day meet, including several NCAA B cuts.
Centre set 23 seasonal bests on the first day. Standout performances were turned in by freshman Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) in the men's 500-yard freestyle, senior Hadley Judson (Atlanta, Ga.) in the women's 500-yard freestyle, junior Kristen Holliday (Newark, Del.) in the women's 200-yard individual medley and freshman Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) in the women's 50-yard freestyle. Senior Olivia Leftwich (Greenville, S.C.), sophomore Giuliana D'Adamio (Bowling Green, Ky.) and freshman Mackenzie Weiland (Crestwood, Ky.) all had significant drops in turning in seasonal best times in the women's 500-yard freestyle.
In relay events, the team of Hadley Judson, Kristen Holliday, Cameron Beach and junior Kirsten Larson (Taylor Mill, Ky.) had an excellent women's 200-yard freestyle relay, as did the men's 400-yard medley relay team of Logan Oatman, seniors Spencer Vetter (Lexington, S.C.) and John Kelley (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.). Logan Oatman's opening leg of the 400-yard medley relay established a new school record and earned the first B cut of the meet.
Day 2 was even better for the Colonels as they finished with 30 seasonal best performances. Top ten performances were turned in by Logan Oatman in the men's 100-yard backstroke, Kristen Holliday in the women's 100-yard backstroke and freshman Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) in the women's 1m diving competition. Noah Martin and senior Jess Pritchett (Louisville, Ky.) both cleared 53 seconds in the men's 100-yard freestyle. Other excellent performances on day 2 belonged to sophomore Kyle Settles (Lexington, Ky.) and Jack Miller (Richmond, Ky.) in the men's 3m diving competition, Spencer Vetter in the men's 100-yard breaststroke, John Kelley in the men's 400-yard individual medley, Hadley Judson in the women's 200-yard freestyle and freshman Claire Coleman in both the women's 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke.
In relays, sophomore Patrick Wells (Louisville, Ky.) and Logan Oatman were part of two standout groups on day 2, teaming with Spencer Vetter and Noah Martin in the men's 200-yard medley relay and John Kelley and junior John Coogan (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The women's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Hadley Judson, Kristen Holliday, Kirsten Larson and senior Danielle Wahl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also turned in a seasonal best time on day 2.
Day 3 brought about seasonal bests in all 31 events for the Colonels, plus three B cuts. Logan Oatman earned a B cut and set a Centre record in the men's 200-yard backstroke that had been held by Centre Hall of Famer Jon Oldham since 1997. The other two B cuts earned by the Colonels on day 3 came courtesy of Danielle Wahl in the women's mile freestyle – second place overall at the meet – and Kristen Holliday in the women's 200-yard butterfly. The women's 200-yard butterfly was a big event for the Colonels as Claire Coleman and sophomores Chloe Peterson (Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.) and Elayna Seago (Sylva, N.C.) all turned in standout performances for Centre along with Holliday. Other outstanding individual swims belonged to Spencer Vetter in the 200-yard breaststroke, John Kelley in the 200-yard backstroke, Noah Martin in the 200-yard butterfly and both Jess Pritchett and Patrick Wells in the 100-yard freestyle. Divers Hayhurst, Miller and Settles also turned in excellent follow-ups to their dives on day 2.
The Colonels closed out the House of Champions meet with two solid performances in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with the men's team of Logan Oatman, Jess Pritchett, Patrick Wells and John Kelley, and the women's team of Danielle Wahl, Kristen Holliday, Hadley Judson and Cameron Beach.
"Overall I don't know if I have ever coached a team from top to bottom that has ever had a better mid-season meet," said head coach Dean Brownley. "We were the only non-scholarship team at the meet and I was very proud of the team's performance. That performance should get us some national recognition."
Next up for the Centre swim teams is the annual training trip to St. Petersburg, Fla. While in Florida, the Colonels will compete against Washington & Jefferson. After the trip Centre will host the Colonel Classic on Jan. 10th.