Three Conference Titles | 20 All-Americans | One Individual National Champion
Centre swim teams split head to head clash with Davis & Elkins
ELKINS, W.Va. – It was a short time to rest for the Centre swim teams as they made the drive from Virginia to West Virginia for a Saturday showdown with Division II Davis & Elkins. The Colonels split the meet with the Senators with the men losing 150-95 and the women winning 147-98, and both teams coming away with some strong swims.
On the women's side, senior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) picked up the first individual event win for the Colonels, placing first in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:05.27. Senior Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.Va.) finished second in the same event with a time of 1:05.27. Beach earned another victory in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 25.62, over a full second faster than second place in the sprint.
Sophomore Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) took first place in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing in 11:14.41. Fellow sophomore Cat Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) took second place in the event, five seconds behind Blankenbeker. Blankenbeker also won the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 2:16.43. Coleman had another impressive race in her home state as she finished second in the 200-yard butterfly.
Sophomore Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) continued her impressive second campaign with the Colonels with a first place time of 57.01, the only time in the race under a minute. Gleason finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.27.
The 500-yard freestyle saw another 1-2 finish for the Colonels as sophomore Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) won the race with a time of 5:28.53, while freshman Sarah Phillips (Lexington, Ky.) finished right behind Grove in second place with a time of 5:35.34.
Finally, the all-sophomore team of Blankenbeker, Grove, Holmes and Allie Riley (Hendersonville, Tenn.) took home Centre's lone relay victory, winning the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:49.31.
The first win for the Centre men came courtesy of sophomore Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.), who place first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:16.84, winning the race by nearly seven seconds.
Sophomore Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) picked up a win for the Colonels in the 200-yard butterfly, using a great opening split to take first place with a time of 2:06.10, winning by less than four tenths of a second.
Freshman Jimmy Kelley (Cincinnati, Ohio), still battling illness that slowed him on Friday at Washington & Lee, had an excellent swim in the 200-yard backstroke, winning the race in 1:58.27, the only sub-two-minute time for the event.
The Centre swim teams will have the homecoming weekend off, but will return to the pool on Oct. 28 with their home opener against the Berry Vikings.