Three Conference Titles | 20 All-Americans | One Individual National Champion
SAA Swimming & Diving Championships: Day 4 Recap
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2017-18 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Swimming & Diving Championships concluded Saturday with the final events taking place inside the Birmingham CrossPlex.
At the conclusion of the meet, the Centre men finished second overall while the women brought home fourth place.
As she did two days ago, senior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.) amazed with a stellar performance, this time coming on the 3-meter dive. She scored 573.70 points, soaring past her own conference record to claim her second championship of the meet and eighth in her SAA career.
Later in the day, sophomore Amelia Blankenbeker (Jeffersonville, Ind.) dominated the field in the 200-yard fly, finishing in 2:08.27 – nearly three seconds quicker than the runner-up.
Sophomore Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) continued her strong meet with a third-place finish in the mile, recording a 17:44.98 time.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Martha Helsley (Prospect, Ky.) earned 14 team points and finished fifth with a time of 2:12.42.
The Colonels had three representatives in the championship heat of the 100-yard free, and were led by freshman Sarah Phillips' (Lexington, Ky.) fourth-place effort in 52.78.
In the last event of the meet, Centre's relay team of Grove, Phillips, sophomore Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) and senior Cameron Beach (Greenville, S.C.) finished third in the 400-yard freestyle, just a hundredth of a second out of a runner-up spot.
On the men's side, senior Noah Martin (Spartanburg, S.C.) added a silver medal to his growing trophy count, finishing second in the 200-yard fly with a 1:51.99 time.
In the same event, freshman Jimmy Kelley (Cincinnati) finished third in 1:54.40.
Sophomore Arthur Ensign-George (Louisville, Ky.) brought in 15 points with his fourth-place effort in the mile swim, finishing in 16:29.38.
Junior Mitchell Collins (Richmond, Ky.) also earned fourth Saturday, recording a 46.98 time in a closely-contested 100-yard freestyle.
Similarly, senior Bradley Baker (Paducah, Ky.) came in fourth in the men's 200-yard breaststroke, tallying another 15 points with a 2:09.94 finish.
Check in tomorrow (Sunday) for a full rundown of all major awards and individual medals gathered by the Colonels at this season's conference championship meet, as well as video interviews and the official photo gallery.