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Colonels take home awards, earn B cuts on final day of SAA swimming finals
The SAA swimming and diving championships concluded on Saturday evening in a session that produced four event wins for the Centre men's and women's teams and four national B cut qualifying times. The men's team finished in second place while the women finished in third. Three Colonels took home awards at the end of the meet.
On the men's side, the Colonels finished up the championship meet with 780 points to finish second behind Birmingham Southern. The love event win for Centre on the men's side came courtesy of freshman Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.), who set his third SAA Championship meet record with his victory in the 200-yard backstroke, winning in 1:48.78 for a B cut qualifier. Oatman was named SAA Men's Newcomer of the Year by virtue of being the highest scoring swimmer among newcomers at this year's SAA Finals.
The Colonels had one more B cut time on the men's side as freshman Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) posted a time of 1:53.26 in the 200-yard butterfly after setting a school record in the 100-yard butterfly in the previous night's session. Martin scored a second place finish and 17 points for the Colonels with his B cut.
The Centre women finished the meet with 652.5 points to finish third behind Rhodes and Birmingham Southern. The Colonels were able to pick up three individual event wins on the women's side along with a pair of B cuts.
The first win came in the Saturday morning session as freshman Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) made it a clean sweep in the women's diving events, taking first on the 3m board en route to being named SAA Women's Diver of the Year. Hayhurst scored 433 points on the 3m board to win the competition by 70 points.
Senior Danielle Wahl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) capped off her SAA swimming career with another win and B cut, this time in the mile freestyle. Wahl cut 15 seconds off her preliminary time to finish with a time of 16:55.58. Wahl and fellow senior Hadley Judson (Atlanta, Ga.) combined to score 36 points for Centre in the mile as Judson finished third with a time of 17:45.40. Wahl was named SAA Women's Swimmer of the Year after being the top point scorer at this year's SAA Finals.
The final B cut and win for the Colonels belonged to junior Kristen Holliday (Newark, Del.), who completed the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:06.46, setting an SAA Championship meet record and giving Holliday two wins in as many days after she won the 400-yard individual medley on Friday.
Interview: Sarah Hayhurst
Interview: Danielle Wahl
Interview: Kristen Holliday
Interview: Logan Oatman