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Centre swim teams sweep Transy to open 2018
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a snowstorm caused the cancellation of the Colonel Classic at Boles Natatorium last week, the Centre swim teams finally got the 2018 portion of their schedule underway in style with a decisive sweep over the Transylvania Pioneers. The women's team won 159-96 while the men won by a score of 187-41.
On the women's side, the Colonels picked up a pair of relay victories. The team of seniors Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) and Claire Coleman (Hurricane, W.Va.), sophomore Megan Wilson (Murray, Ky.) and freshman Sarah Phillips (Lexington, Ky.). posted a winning time of 1:58.76 in the 200-yard medley relay. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, senior MacKenzie Weiland (Crestwood, Ky.) teamed with freshmen Laura Fryar (Louisville, Ky.), Shelby Montgomery (Georgetown, Ky.) and Christina Pyfrom (Marsh Harbour, Bahamas) won the event with a time of 1:49.95.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, sophomore Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) had a dominating win, with her time of 10:59.29 earning her first place by over a full minute. The next event in the meet was the 200-yard freestyle and Sarah Phillips took first place with a time of 2:03.48.
The next win for the Centre women came in the 200-yard butterfly as sophomore Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) finished with a time of 2:14.13 to earn a commanding victory. Blankenbeker achieved a second individual victory for the Colonels with a time of 5:32.94 in the 500-yard freestyle, nearly 20 seconds faster than the second place time. In the 50-yard freestyle, Cameron Beach picked up the win in one of her specialty races, posting a time of 25.77.
Sophomore Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) entered the win column for the Colonels with a victory of 57.82, as her time was the only one in the field completed in under a minute. In the 200-yard backstroke, MacKenzie Weiland earned a victory for Centre with a time of 2:25.10.
The Centre men also swept the relay portion of the meet. The team of seniors Bradley Baker (Paducah, Ky.) and Jack Miller (Richmond, Ky.), sophomore Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Ben Hammond (Cincinnati) took the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet, winning with a time of 1:43.79. To bookend the meet, Miller teamed with junior Tyler Stevenson (Franklin, N.C.), sophomore Michael Hambleton (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and freshman Jimmy Kelley (Cincinnati) to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:33.22.
In individual events, Ensign-George kicked things off for the Colonels, fresh off his winning leg of the medley relay, winning the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:28.12. In the 200-yard freestyle, Hambleton earned the win for Centre, posting a time of 1:52.18. Hambleton won his second individual event of the meet in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 2:06.34.
The next event on the schedule was the 100-yard backstroke and it also went to the Colonels as sophomore Scott Gupton (Louisville, Ky.) picked up the victory with a time of 57.87. Another victory came in the 100-yard breaststroke as junior Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) pulled out a win in 1:01.68, winning by just over a tenth of a second. In the 500-yard freestyle, Stevenson took first place with a time of 5:31.67.
In the 50-yard freestyle, senior Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) picked up the victory in the sprint with a time of 23.11. The next two events saw Centre achieve 1-2-3 finishes as Collins, Kelley and Miller represented the top times in the 100-yard freestyle, while freshman Grey Pendery (Fort Thomas, Ky.), Gupton and Baker posted the top three times in order in the 200-yard backstroke. One more 1-2-3 finish happened in the 100-yard butterfly as Martin, Kelley and Hammond landed in the top three positions.
The next meet for the Centre swim teams will be their final meet of the season at Boles Natatorium as the Colonels host Asbury on Senior Night on Jan. 26.