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Colonels Hanging Tough at SAA Swimming Championships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CentreColonels.com) – The 2016-17 Southern Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships completed its third day of competition on Friday and Centre has remained right in the thick of the standings, with the men's team in second place and the women's team in third with just one day of swimming left on the schedule.
The Friday session opened up with men's diving, an event that saw junior Brad Nordin (Paintsville, Ky.) finish in second place overall with a score of 345.35 points in the 1m competition.
In the 400-yard individual medley, Centre's freshmen turned in the top times for the Colonels on each side, with Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) finishing in 4:45.58 and Wilson Norris (Brentwood, Tenn.) completing the race in 4:12.74.
The 100-yard butterfly was an excellent event for the Colonels all around. On the men's side, junior Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) finished in 49.53 to take first place. Martin's time was the only one in the field below 50 seconds and represented the first individual event win for the Centre men.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Noah Martin
Junior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) took second place in the event on the women's side, posting a time of 57.71 for her second runner-up finish thus far at the conference championship. Freshman Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) finished right behind Beach in 58.20.
The Centre women picked up their first win of the Friday in the 200-yard freestyle, as freshman Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) won the event in 1:53.47. Fellow freshmen Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.) and Cat Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) joined Blankenbeker in the top eight overall for the event. Freshman Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) posted the top time in the event for the Colonels on the men's side, taking fifth place in 1:45.69.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Amelia Blankenbeker
Another win for the Centre men came in the 100-yard backstroke as junior Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) completed his signature event in 50.68.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Logan Oatman
The final event of Friday was the 200-yard medley relay and it treated both Centre teams well. The men's team of individual event winners Noah Martin and Logan Oatman, alongside sophomore Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) and freshman Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) won the event in 1:33.92, defeating Birmingham Southern by just over one second. On the women's side the team of Annie Holmes, Cameron Beach and juniors Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.Va.) and Jacquelyn Engel (Lexington, Ky.) took second place with a time of 1:49.13.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Men's 200-yard medley relay
The SAA Championship Meet will conclude on Saturday with some of the strongest events for the Colonels still in play, including the 3m diving competition, the mile freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke and butterfly as well as the 400-yard freestyle relay.