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Centre men finish third, women take fourth at Derby City Invite
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a successful opening meet, the Centre swimming and diving teams headed to the University of Louisville to compete in the Derby City Invitational against a field representing multiple divisions. The men's team came away with a third place finish while the women's team finished fourth.
On the men's side, Centre scored 326 points on the day. The Colonels had an impressive showing in the 200-yard medley relay as the team of seniors Logan Oatman (Paducah, Ky.) and Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.), junior Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) and sophomore Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) posted a second place finish of 1:39.29.
Sophomore Arthur Ensign-George finished with a time of 10:13.99 in the 1000-yard freestyle, good for fourth place overall and the best finish among Division III swimmers in the field. Ensign-George fared better in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in second with a time of 4:53.88, the only Division III finish in the top five in that event.
Freshman Jimmy Kelley (Cincinnati, Ohio) had an excellent 100-yard backstroke, placing third overall – first among Division III swimmers – with a time of 54.66. Kelley equaled his third place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 2:00.06. Kelley also finished fifth in the 200-yard butterfly, posting a time of 1:58.06.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Mitchell Collins finished fourth overall, posting a time of 1:01.76. Collins had another top five finish in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing fifth overall in 22.83. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Collins finished fifth overall with a time of 2:18.38, but the best time for the Colonels in that event belonged to freshman Collin Cummins (Danville, Ky.), who placed fourth at 2:17.07.
For the women's team, the Colonels scored 302 points for the meet. Sophomore Chloe Grove kicked things off with a fourth place showing in the 1000-yard freestyle, clocking in at 11:06.49. Grove also finished fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.49.
In the 200-yard freestyle, the Colonels had two swimmers in the top five as sophomore Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) placed third with a time of 2:00.03, while freshman Sarah Phillips (Lexington, Ky.) finished fifth with a time of 2:01.59. Blankenbeker also posted a top five finish in the 200-yard butterfly, taking fifth place with a time of 2:18.91.
In diving, senior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) started her season in style with a win in both competitions. Hayhurst finished with 285.85 points on the 1m board and 264.10 points on the 3m board to take first place each time.
Senior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) posted a top five finish in one of her signature events, taking fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.45.
In the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) posted a time of 1:00.90 to finish fourth overall.
The 400-yard freestyle relay finished the list of events on the women's side and the Colonels' top relay team of Grove, Blankenbeker, Phillips and sophomore Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.) finished second with a time of 3:43.41.
The Colonels will return to action later this week as they travel to Lexington, Va. for a Friday dual meet against Mary Washington and host Washington & Lee.