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Pool Records Fall as Centre Swimming Wraps up Colonel Classic
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – Boles Natatorium hosted the final two sessions of the Colonel Classic to kick off 2017 for the Centre swimming and diving teams. After all 38 events had concluded, the Centre women ended up with a first place finish while the men's team finished second, with each team breaking a pool record in the process.
The first win of the Saturday session for the Colonels came in the women's 400-yard individual medley as freshman Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) picked up her second individual event win of the meet with a time of 4:54.36. Freshman Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) also got into the individual event win column, taking first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.04. Centre's deep freshman class came to the forefront in the 200-yard freestyle as newcomers Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.) posted a 1-2 finish, with Blankenbeker winning in 2:00.91 and Huber finishing less than a second behind. Blankenbeker was a dual winner on the day, also finishing first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:15.34.
Blankenbeker, Grove, Huber and Holmes then made history as a relay team, combining to win the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:04.43, setting a new Boles Natatorium record in the race. The same four Colonels went two for two in relay competition as they also took first in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:44.42.
The Colonels also scored all of the possible points of the meet in diving, with junior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) winning after scoring 261.55 points. In total, Centre finished the meet with 689 points, blowing open what had been a one-point lead at the end of the Friday session to pull away to a victory as Franklin finished second with 560 points.
On the men's side, the team of juniors Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.), sophomore Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) and freshman Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) just missed a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, coming within less than two tenths of a second from first place. The next time Martin got in the pool, he became the second Centre swimmer to set a new pool record, as his time of 52.28 in the 100-yard butterfly was the fastest recorded time in the event in Boles Natatorium history. Martin continued his brilliant Colonel Classic in the 200-yard butterfly, picking up his second win of the day in 1:59.12.
Junior and two-time Southern Athletic Association Diver of the Year Brad Nordin (Paintsville, Ky.) returned to action following the fall semester with the Centre men's soccer team and finished second on the 1m board with 163.40 points.
Just like on the women's side, one event proved extremely productive for the freshmen Colonels on the men's side, in this instance the mile freestyle. Arthur Ensign-George took first place with a time of 17:13.15, followed by fellow freshman Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) in second place, finishing in 17:40.85.
The Centre men moved up to second place on Saturday after finishing the Friday slate in third. Centre finished with a total of 500 points. Franklin won the men's contest with 644 points.
The Colonels will return to the pool on Jan. 14 as they welcome Wittenberg to Boles Natatorium for a head to head meet scheduled for an 11 AM start.