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Centre Women Sweep, Men Split Senior Day Swim Meets
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre swimming and diving teams wrapped up their home schedule for 2016-17 with a pair of meets as they welcomed Campbellsville and Cumberlands to Boles Natatorium. The women's team came away with a sweep of both meets while the men's team finished with a split.
The Centre women defeated Campbellsville 143-59. They picked up a win in the first event of the day as the all-freshman team of Lindsay Everett (Paris, Ky.), Stephanie Keller (Louisville, Ky.), Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Megan Wilson (Murray, Ky.) won the 200-yard medley relay. Junior Mackenzie Weiland (Crestwood, Ky.) picked up a win in the 1000-yard freestyle, while freshman Cat Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), junior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) and senior Giuliana D'Adamio (Bowling Green, Ky.) posted a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard freestyle.
Freshman Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) kept the wins coming for the Colonels, achieving victory in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.95. Junior Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.Va.) was the next winner for Centre, finishing first in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.24. In the 100-yard freestyle, freshman Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.), Lindsay Everett and Megan Wilson posted the second 1-2-3 finish of the afternoon, with Huber winning in a time of 55.88. Another 1-2 finish for the Colonels came in the 500-yard freestyle, with Giuliana D'Adamio finishing first and MacKenzie Weiland finishing second. Everett picked up her second win of the day in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing first in 1:13.11. The Colonels concluded the meet as they started it, with a victory in a relay as D'Adamio, Weiland, Huber and Blankenbeker teamed up to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Colonels carried their momentum into the evening session, defeating Cumberlands by a score of 120-103. The first win of the night for the Centre women came in the 200-yard freestyle as Amelia Blankenbeker posted a victory with a time of 1:59.64. Blankenbeker would later go on to win the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 2:14.59 for a seasonal best time. Cameron Beach picked up her first individual win of the day in historical fashion in one of her signature events, taking first place in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.59 to set a new Boles Natatorium record that had previously been held by All-American Meredith Angel.
Centre also posted a 1-2 finish in diving as junior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) scored 298.58 points and sophomore Sierra Panting (Anchorage, Alaska) finished second with 222.45 points. Annie Holmes returned to the win column in the 100-yard freestyle, winning in 55.64. Lindsay Everett notched an individual win in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:36.85. The final event win of the day for the Colonels came in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the all-freshman squad of Maddie Huber, Amelia Blankenbeker, Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) and Allie Riley (Hendersonville, Tenn.) won in 1:43.53.
On the men's side, the Colonels beat Campbellsville 154-44. Just like the women's team, the Centre men got off to a hot start with a relay win as freshmen Scott Gupton (Louisville, Ky.), Ethan Lim (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Wilson Norris (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) won the 200-yard medley relay. Hambleton was right back in the pool for the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle, and he picked up another victory in 10:34.71 with sophomore Matt Calvert (Danville, Ky.) finishing second. Reigning Southern Athletic Association Men's Swimmer of the Week Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) got into the win column in the 200-yard freestyle, taking first place in 1:50.68 with sophomore Tyler Stevenson (Franklin, N.C.) finishing right behind in second. The Colonels achieved yet another 1-2 finish on the men's side as junior Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) won the 50-yard freestyle, followed closely by junior Bradley Baker (Paducah, Ky.).
The wins kept coming for the Centre men in the 200-yard individual medley as freshman Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) won the event with a time of 2:07.54. In the 100-yard butterfly, Logan Oatman, Bradley Baker and sophomore Stephen Cosco (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a 1-2-3 finish. Michael Hambleton recorded his third win of the day in the 100-yard freestyle, taking first place with a time of 51.05. Noah Martin, Wilson Norris and Scott Gupton posted a 1-2-3 finish for the Colonels in the 100-yard backstroke, with Martin winning in 57.25. In the 500-yard freestyle, Tyler Stevenson won with a time of 5:18.45, with Matt Calvert finishing just four seconds behind in second place. Ethan Lim picked up his second win of the meet in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:04.98. Finally, the team of Baker, Oatman, Ensign-George and Martin combined to take first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, picking up the win in 1:32.25.
The Centre men lost their evening session meet, falling to the University of the Cumberlands 121-93. Centre picked up a win in relay competition as Logan Oatman, Noah Martin, Michael Hambleton and sophomore Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:37.71. Arthur Ensign-George picked up another win against Cumberlands, finishing first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:03.65. He later won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.58 with Hambleton finishing right behind him in second place.
The other wins for Centre on the men's side against Cumberlands belonged to Logan Oatman, who won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.71 and the 200-yard backstroke in 1:56.93.
The Centre swim teams will travel to Asbury on Jan. 27 to compete in their regular season finale with the SAA Championships beginning on Feb. 8.