Three Conference Titles | 20 All-Americans | One Individual National Champion
Centre Women Third, Men Fourth after Friday at SAA Swimming Championships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CentreColonels.com) – The competition has heated up after the second full session at the 2016 Southern Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex. With one session of events remaining in the meet, the Centre women are in third place, while the men are in fourth place.
The Colonels had five all-SAA performances on both the men's and women's sides. For the men, the standout performance belonged to sophomore Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.), whose time of 51.72 in the 100-yard backstroke was good enough to earn first place and first team all-SAA honors. Oatman also teamed with sophomores Bradley Baker (Paducah, Ky.) and Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) and freshman Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) to take third place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.31.
The other members of Centre's men's 200 medley relay squad also earned spots on the podium for their respective events. Noah Martin finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.76. Mitchell Collins posted a third place time of 58.86 in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Bradley Baker rounded out the all-SAA performances for the Colonels with a time of 4:10.11 in the 400-yard individual medley, good for third place.
On the women's side, sophomore Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) scored 505 points to take first place in the 1m diving competition as the 2015 All-American defended her conference championship in that event.
In relay competition, the team of senior Kristen Holliday (Newark, Del.), sophomores Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) and Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.V.) and freshman Jacquelyn Engel (Lexington, Ky.) posted a time of 1:50.17 in the 200-yard medley relay, good for third place overall.
In addition, Centre's top relay swimmers also earned trips to the podium in their specialty individual events. Kristen Holliday posted a time f 4:34.73 to finish second in the 400-yard individual medley. Cameron Beach finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.41. Jacquelyn Engel finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.62.
VIDEO: Sarah Hayhurst interview
VIDEO: Logan Oatman interview
The 2016 SAA Swimming and Diving Championships will resume on Saturday for the last of three days of competition. Live results can be found HERE.