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Centre Swim Teams Drop Season Opener at Washington & Lee
LEXINGTON, Va. (CentreAthletics.com) – The Centre swim teams kicked off their 2015-16 against traditional first meet opponent Washington & Lee. The Colonels dropped the meet to the Generals, with the men's team losing 157-91 and the women's team losing 158-98.
On the men's side, freshman Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) got his Centre swimming career off to a promising start, as he was the only men's multiple event winner for the Colonels. Collins won the 100-yard breaststroke at 103:65, then went on to win the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.10.
The other event win for the Centre men was turned in by sophomore Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.), who won one of his specialty events, the 200-yard butterfly, in a time of 2:03.73.
The Centre women had a pair of multiple event winners. Senior Kristen Holliday (Newark, Del.) won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:14.24, besting the second place time by over four seconds. Holliday then went on to win the 200-yard backstroke in 2:19.11.
Sophomore Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) was Centre's other multiple event winner on the day in a pair of sprints, taking the 50-yard freestyle in 25:02, then winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.93.
"In spite of the score I was very encouraged by the results," said head coach Dean Brownley. "We got down early but then showed a lot of fight winning 4 events in a row at one point. Depth is our Achilles heel this year and today exposed that weakness. W&L has a great program that I have a lot of respect for and if you give our team time to grow we will be fine as well."
The next meet for the Centre swim teams will be on Oct. 16 when they travel to Birmingham, Ala. to do battle with the Birmingham Southern Panthers. The Colonels will follow that up with a meet at Sewanee the next day.