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Centre Swim Teams Finish Third at SAA Championships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CentreColonels.com) – The Southern Athletic Association wrapped up its conference championship meet for swimming and diving and Centre closed the day with more strong performances. Both the men's and women's teams finished the championship meet in third place, aided by a clean sweep of the Diver of the Year honors
On the men's side, the first big event of the day was the 3m diving competition, an event that saw the Colonels send two divers to the podium for all-SAA honors. Sophomore Brad Nordin (Paintsville, Ky.) picked up where he left off in the 1m competition, landing in first place with a total of 334.5 points and earning high point honors for all men's divers in the meet. Nordin was joined on the podium for the 3m board by sophomore Jack Miller (Richmond, Ky.), who finished with 287.05 points.
Sophomore Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.), who had a fantastic Friday session for the Colonels, kept it up on Saturday with an impressive win in the 200-yard backstroke. Oatman's time of 1:50.08 was not only good enough for an individual conference championship, but it also earned him an NCAA B cut by nearly two seconds. A second NCAA B cut was turned in by sophomore Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.), whose time of 1:53.27 was good for second place overall and second team all-SAA honors. Oatman and Martin also joined senior John Coogan (Nashville, Tenn.) and freshman Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) for a third place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 3:09.73.
The Colonels' success in diving was shared on the women's side as sophomore Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) scored 499.75 points on the 3m board en route to earning her second sweep of the SAA diving championships in as many years and the 2016 SAA Women's Diver of the Year award. Hayhurst was joined on the podium by freshman Sierra Panting (Anchorage, Alaska), who scored 311.15 points in the 3m competition.
Sophomore Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) continued her excellent SAA championship meet on Saturday, finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.29. Beach also joined seniors Taylor Harrison (Austin, Texas), Kristen Holliday (Newark, Del.) and Kirsten Larson (Taylor Mill, Ky.) to finish third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:38.83. Holliday capped off her SAA career in style as well, taking first place in the 200-yard butterfly for the third year in a row with a time of 2:08.24.
VIDEO: Sarah Hayhurst interview
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The NCAA Diving Regionals will be held on Feb. 27-28. The NCAA Division III Swimming Championships will be held in Greensboro, N.C. on Mar. 16-19.