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Colonels Split Dual Swim Meet at Sewanee
SEWANEE, Tenn. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre swim teams competed in the first of two back-to-back Southern Athletic Association dual meets on Friday evening when they took on the Sewanee Tigers on the road. The Colonels came away with a split against the Tigers, with the men losing 118-115 and the women avenging a head to head loss last year with a 157-85 victory.
The Centre men started the scoring in the 400-yard medley relay, where juniors Bradley Baker (Paducah, Ky.), Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.), Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) and sophomore Evan Doyle (Louisville, Ky.) came away with a first place finish.
Oatman was a multiple event winner for the Colonels on this night as he took first place in both the 200-yard freestyle and one of his signature races, the 100-yard backstroke. The Colonels had a 1-2 finish in the 100-yard backstroke as freshman Scott Gupton (Louisville, Ky.) finished behind Oatman in second place. In a similar fashion, Noah Martin took first place in a signature event, the 100-yard butterfly, and was followed in the race by a Centre freshman as newcomer Wilson Norris (Brentwood, Tenn.) took second.
Centre performed very well in longer distances races on the men's side against Sewanee. Freshman Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and sophomores Matt Calvert (Danville, Ky.) and Tyler Stevenson (Franklin, N.C.) posted a 1-2-3 finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) combined with Stevenson to post the top two scoring times in the 1000-yard freestyle.
On the women's side, the Colonels won a pair of relays. The team of junior Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.V.), sophomore Jacquelyn Engel (Lexington, Ky.) and freshmen Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) and Maddie Huber combined to take first place in the 200-yard medley relay. Junior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) teamed with freshmen Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.), Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) and Emma May (Asheville, N.C.) to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Centre's freshmen also showed out with individual event wins on the women's side. Emma May took first place in the 500-yard freestyle. Catherine Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) picked up a win for the Colonels in the 1000-yard freestyle. Chloe Grove had an impressive victory in the 400-yard individual medley while reigning CollegeSwimming.com SAA Swimmer of the Week Annie Holmes picked up her first collegiate event win with a first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
In diving, junior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) picked up her second sweep in as many weeks as she won both the 1m and 3m diving competitions.
The Centre swim teams will not have long to rest as they travel to Berry for a Saturday SAA showdown. The Colonels split against the Vikings in their dual meet in Danville last season.