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Centre Men Sweep, Women Split SAA Tri-Meet
BARTLETT, Tenn. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre swimming and diving teams traveled to Tennessee for a meet hosted by Hendrix that also featured Southern Athletic Association rival Rhodes. The men's team picked up two wins at the meet, while the women's team came away with a split.
On the men's side, the Colonels dominated the competition in a sweep, defeating Rhodes by a 140-93 margin and besting Hendrix by a score of 161-68.
The Centre men won the opening race of the meet as juniors Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.), Bradley Baker (Paducah, Ky.) and Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) teamed with freshman and reigning CollegeSwimming.com SAA Men's Swimmer of the Week Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) to take first place in the 200-yard medley relay.
Ensign-George also posted an individual win in today's meet, finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle while teammate Logan Oatman finished second. Oatman got his chance to shine in one of his signature events, winning the 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Scott Gupton (Louisville, Ky.) finished second in the same event to give the Colonels a 1-2 finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Noah Martin continued his mastery in the butterfly, taking first in the 100-yard fly. Fellow relay member Bradley Baker displayed his versatility with a second place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, with freshman Wilson Norris (Brentwood, Tenn.) winning the event.
The final two victories for Centre on the men's side belonged to freshman Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.), who is becoming one of the best first-year distance swimmers for the Colonels in years, taking first in both the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyles.
The Centre women fell to Rhodes 136-112 but rebounded to soundly defeat Hendrix by a score of 174-59.
Like their men's counterparts, the Colonels also picked up a relay win on the women's side as junior and reigning CollegeSwimming.com SAA Women's Swimmer of the Week Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) teamed with freshmen Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.), Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) and Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.) to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The remaining wins for the Centre women came courtesy of their freshmen. Chloe Grove picked up her second win of the day with a victory in the 500-yard freestyle. The Colonels picked up a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle with Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) winning and Maddie Huber finished second. One more 1-2 finish came for Centre in the 1000-yard freestyle as freshman Catherine Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) took first place, followed by fellow freshman Emma May (Asheville, N.C.) in second.
The next meet for the Centre swim teams will be their annual trip to Indianapolis to compete in the House of Champions meet at Butler University on Nov. 18-20.