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Colonels Sweep Asbury in Final Regular Season Swim Meet
WILMORE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre swimming and diving teams concluded their 2016-17 regular season in style, traveling to Asbury and pulling off a sweep of the home standing Eagles. The men's team won by a score of 105-97, while the women's team came away with a 143-62 victory.
On the men's side, the Colonels kicked off the meet with a relay victory as the team of juniors Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) and Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.), sophomore Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) and freshman Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) won the 200-yard medley relay, besting Asbury's squad by six tenths of a second.
Freshman Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) was the first individual winner for the Centre men, taking the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:22.25 with sophomore Matt Calvert (Danville, Ky.) finishing in second. Martin would get back into the win column in the 100-yard butterfly with a dominant win, as his time of 51.11 finished three seconds ahead of second place. Oatman had similar success in a signature event as he took the 100-yard backstroke in 53.65.
In a contest decided by less than ten points, one of the big difference-making events for the Centre men was the 500-yard freestyle. Arthur Ensign-George, Michael Hambleton and sophomore Tyler Stevenson (Franklin, N.C.) posted a 1-2-3 finish, with Ensign-George finishing in just under five minutes. Their efforts gave the Colonels 16 of the 19 possible points in the event.
The Colonels earned a pair of relay victories on the women's side. Juniors Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.Va.) and Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.), sophomore Jacquelyn Engel (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) took first place in the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet. The all-freshman squad of Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio), Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.), Allie Riley (Hendersonville, Tenn.) and Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) won the 200-yard freestyle relay by over eight seconds.
Centre's relay swimmers continued to perform at a high level in individual events. Chloe Grove kept the wins coming for Centre in the 1000-yard freestyle, winning the race in 11:00.16, over 30 seconds ahead of second place. Grove also won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.32, 0.2 seconds ahead of second place Cameron Beach. In the 200-yard freestyle, Amelia Blankenbeker, freshman Cat Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Maddie Huber posted a 1-2-3 finish, with Blankenbeker's time of 1:59.50 finishing half a second away from a new Asbury pool record. Cameron Beach won the 50-yard freestyle in the closest race of the evening, pulling out the win in 25.26, three hundredths of a second ahead of second place. Annie Holmes also picked up an individual win, taking first in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.86, the only sub-minute time in the event. Maddie Huber's individual win came in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing half a second ahead of Cat Gleason and at least 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
With the regular season complete, the Centre swim teams will travel to Birmingham, Ala. for the Southern Athletic Association Championships, hosted by Berry. The championship meet will take place on Feb. 8-11.