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Centre swim teams drop tri-meet at Washington & Lee
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Centre swim teams took to the road on Friday, heading to the mountains of Virginia to take on Washington & Lee and Mary Washington in a tri-meet. While the Colonels did not beat either of their top 20 opponents, the team improved on its times from last week's season opener.
On the women's side, the team of freshman Keeton Crowe (Lexington, Ky.), sophomores Lindsay Everett (Paris, Ky.) and Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) and senior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) got things started with an impressive 200-yard medley relay time of 1:54.98.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Amanda Flatt (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had an impressive time drop from last week, finishing in 12:29.29.
The best event for the Colonels was the 200-yard freestyle. Sophomore Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) picked up a win in the event with a time of 1:58.82. Freshman Sarah Phillips (Lexington, Ky.) finished right behind Blankenbeker at 1:59.84. Annie Holmes finished sixth overall in 2:02.26.
In the 50-yard freestyle, both Beach and Phillips clocked impressive times, with Beach finishing in 25.28 and Phillips touching the wall a hundredth of a second later. Phillips and Holmes each landed in the top five in the 100-yard freestyle, with Phillips posting a time of 55.18 and Holmes clocking a 55.94.
The 500-yard freestyle was another good event for the Colonels, with sophomores Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) and Cat Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and freshmen Shelby Montgomery (Georgetown, Ky.) and Amanda Flatt all turning in solid times.
The 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Blankenbeker, Grove, Phillips and sophomore Maddie Huber (Fort Thomas, Ky.) closed things out with an impressive time of 1:42.45.
On the men's side, junior Matt Calvert (Danville, Ky.) had a nice drop in the 1000-yard freestyle from last week, finishing in 11:10.93.
Sophomore Scott Gupton (Louisville, Ky.) posted a strong time of 57.67 in the 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Grey Pendery (Fort Thomas, Ky.) had an equally solid time in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 2:07.67.
Sophomore Arthur Ensign-George picked up an event win for the Colonels, taking first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:49.41. Ensign-George's time in the event was faster than any time he had recorded in the same event during the fall semester as a freshman. Freshman and reigning Southern Athletic Association Men's Swimmer of the Week Jimmy Kelley (Cincinnati, Ohio) overcame illness to finish the same event in 4:55.41.
The men's 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Collins, Ensign-George, senior Jack Miller (Richmond, Ky.) and sophomore Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) posted a time of 1:29.08, with Hambleton finishing with an impressive anchor leg of 21.99.
The 100-yard breaststroke was a solid event for Centre as junior Mitchell Collins posted a time of 1:00.76, while freshman Collin Cummins finished in 1:01.95. Collins and Cummins had impressive overall meets, with Collins clocking 49.92 in the 100-yard freestyle, while Cummins posted times of 2:15.84 in the 200-yard breaststroke and 2:04.82 in the 200-yard individual medley.
The Colonels will return to the pool later today when they travel to West Virginia to take on Division II Davis & Elkins.