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Centre Swimming Opens 2017 Slate at Colonel Classic

Centre Swimming Opens 2017 Slate at Colonel Classic

DANVILLE, Ky. ( – The Centre swim teams returned from a month off from competition and their annual training trip in St. Petersburg, Fla. to the friendly confines of Boles Natatorium to kick off the 2017 portion of their schedule at the Colonel Classic. With ten out of 38 events in the books, the women's team is in first place while the men's team is in third.

The Centre women picked up a win in the first event of the evening as freshmen Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.), Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) and Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.) teamed with junior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) to take first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Grove returned to the pool for the next event, the women's 500-yard freestyle, and came away with another win, finishing in 5:19.68. Freshman Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) posted a runner-up finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:19.39.

Centre holds a slight lead heading into the Saturday slate of events, holding a 161-160 advantage over Franklin through ten swims, followed by Asbury and Manchester.

On the men's side, the lone event win for the Colonels came in the 500-yard freestyle, where freshman Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) took first place in 4:54.67. Fellow freshman Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) took fourth place in the same event with a time of 5:06 flat. Junior Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) posted a time of 22.72 to finish third in the 50-yard freestyle and was a member of each of Centre's relay squads on Friday, both of whom also finished third.

The Colonels finished with 121 points on Friday as they trail Asbury by nine points. Franklin leads the men's competition with 170 points through the first ten events.

The Colonel Classic will wrap up on Saturday with sessions at 10 AM and 2 PM consisting of the remaining 28 events.