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Centre swim teams sweep Berry in home opener

Centre swim teams sweep Berry in home opener

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Centre swimming and diving teams kicked off 2017-18 Boles Natatorium season in style on Saturday morning as the Colonels pulled off a sweep of the Berry Vikings in a Southern Athletic Association head-to-head meet. The men's team won 189-89, while the women's team won 160-132.

On the men's side, the Colonels opened the meet with a win 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.) took first place in the 200-yard medley relay.

Oatman also picked up a win in the 100-yard backstroke, cutting nearly two seconds from his seed time, and then had an even better improvement in the 200-yard backstroke, besting his seed time by seven seconds to win. Collins won an individual event as well, taking first in the 100-yard freestyle at just under 50 seconds. Hambleton's individual win came in the 500-yard freestyle, taking first place with a time of 5:10.64. Martin made it a perfect 4-for-4 for the medley relay squad in individual events, winning the 100-yard butterfly in 53:46

The Centre men posted a 1-2-3 finish in the 1000-yard freestyle as senior Bradley Baker (Paducah, Ky.) got the win, followed by juniors Tyler Stevenson (Franklin, N.C.) and Matt Calvert (Danville, Ky.).

Sophomore Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) continued his stellar second campaign with the Colonels with a win in the 200-yard freestyle.

Freshman Collin Cummins (Danville, Ky.) swept the breaststroke for the Centre men. Cummins won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.19 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:19.15.

Senior Jack Miller (Richmond, Ky.) posted scores of 137.03 and 128.25 to take first place in the day's diving competitions.

The Centre women also started their meet with a win in the medley relay as senior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.), sophomores Lindsay Everett (Paris, Ky.) and Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Keeton Crowe (Lexington, Ky.) took first place.

Like the men's team, the women's medley relay team also excelled in individual events. Crowe shaved nearly a full second off of her seed time in the 100-yard backstroke, taking first place with a time of 1:02.99, and then improved on her 200-yard backstroke time by over three seconds, winning in 2:18.12. Beach picked up a win in one of her signature events, the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 25.13. Holmes finished first in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 1:01 flat.

Senior All-American Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) won both diving competitions on the women's side, including an excellent 275.85 points on the 1m board.

In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and freshman Sarah Phillips (Lexington, Ky.) posted a 1-2 finish for the Colonels.

In the final race of the day, the team of Phillips, Blankenbeker, Holmes and Beach picked up a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with Beach's anchor leg clocking in at 24.98, faster than her winning 50-yard freestyle time.

The Colonels will return to action on Nov. 2 as they travel to Williamsburg, Ky. to face the University of the Cumberlands.