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Colonels sweep Sewanee in head-to-head swim meet

Colonels sweep Sewanee in head-to-head swim meet

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Centre swim teams returned to Boles Natatorium to take on Southern Athletic Association rival Sewanee, and the Colonels picked up a sweep over the tigers, with the men winning 148-79 and the women winning 183-49.

On the men's side, the Colonels started things off with a win in the 400-yard medley relay, as the team of senior Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.), sophomore Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and freshmen Jimmy Kelley (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Collin Cummins (Danville, Ky.) took first place in 3:39.39. The medley relay squad members also enjoyed success in individual events as Martin took first place in one of his specialty events, the 200-yard butterfly, posting the only time under two minutes in the event, while Hambleton picked up a win for the Colonels in the 500-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) continued his mastery of the 1000-yard freestyle, taking first place in the event with a time of 10:01.87, winning the race by 21 seconds. Ensign-George also posted a time of 50.06 in the 100-yard freestyle, trailing only junior Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.), who took first place in the race.

The Colonels picked up a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard freestyle as Jimmy Kelley, junior Matt Calvert (Danville, Ky.) and sophomore Scott Gupton (Louisville, Ky.) took the top three finishes in order for the event. Kelley and Gupton were involved in another 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard backstroke, with Kelley winning, Gupton in third and freshman Grey Pendery (Fort Thomas, Ky.) finishing in between.

The Centre men ended their meet in the same way that they began it, with a relay victory. The team of Hambleton, Ensign-George, Collins and senior Jack Miller (Richmond, Ky.) posted a 200-yard freestyle relay time of 1:31.12 to earn the win.

On the women's side, the meet started off with a win for the Colonels in diving. Senior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) swept both diving competitions for Centre, posting respective scores of 199.66 points and 324.90 points.

Like the men's team, the women's team won both of its relays at the meet. In the 400-yard medley relay, the team of senior Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.Va.), sophomores Lindsay Everett (Paris, Ky.) and Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Keeton Crowe (Lexington, Ky.) won in 4:15.26. Holmes also teamed with senior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.), sophomore Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and freshman Sarah Phillips (Lexington, Ky.) to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In dominant fashion, the Colonels won every single individual event on the women's side. Sophomore Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) picked up a win for the Colonels in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing in 10:59.39. In the 200-yard freestyle, Amelia Blankenbeker posted the only time under two minutes, winning in 1:58.25. Sophomore Cat Gleason (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) won the closest race of the day, taking first place in the 500-yard freestyle by 16 hundredths of a second.

The 50-yard freestyle was an excellent event for the Colonels as Cameron Beach, Annie Holmes, sophomore Megan Wilson (Murray, Ky.) and freshman Christina Pyfrom (Marsh Harbour, Bahamas) represented the top four times in order. Beach won another event for Centre when she recorded a time of 56.87 to take first place in the 100-yard freestyle.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Sarah Phillips took the win for the Colonels in 2:17.19. Centre followed that up with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard butterfly as Grove, Blankenbeker and Coleman took the top three spots in that event. Another 1-2-3 finish came in the 200-yard backstroke as Keeton Crowe, freshman Martha Helsley (Prospect, Ky.) and senior MacKenzie Weiland (Crestwood, Ky.) represented the top three finishers. The last individual event win for Centre came in the 200-yard breaststroke as Lindsay Everett finished in 2:42.43 to take first place.

The next meet for the Colonels will be the House of Champions, which will take place at Butler University on Nov. 17-19.