Centenary Swimmers Finish well at Conference Championships
Saturday, February 23, 2008

ROCHESTER, Mich. – For the second time in as many years, the Centenary men's swimming team finished runner-up to conference superpower, Oakland, while the Ladies placed fourth in The Summit League Championships on Saturday.


The men were 494 points behind Oakland for the first spot, while the women were just 59 points in back of South Dakota State for third.


Despite the fourth place finish, Ladies sophomore Jessica Brown (2:14.17) did break the school record in the 200 Yard Backstroke and junior Leslie Clampitt (52.78) broke the Centenary mark in the 100 Yard Freestyle. The 400 Yard Relay team (3:33.39), of freshman Natalie Holcomb, Clampitt, senior Melanie Zimmerman and sophomore Natalie Nazzal also broke the school mark in the relay.


Sophomore Maggie Vaughan finished second in the 500 Yard Freestyle (5:03.84) and won the 1,650 Freestyle (17:02.99), while freshman Lauren Kloepher (4:35.50) placed third in the 400 Yard IM to help the Centenary cause.


The second place finish for the men was helped by the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team (1:24.49) of sophomores Jon Cefalu, Wladimir Montoya, senior Dustin Myers and junior Bryan Myers, who were just three second behind Oakland for first.


Montoya (49.91) also had a good showing in 100 Yard Butterfly as he finished just over two seconds behind Chris Tansel of Oakland for first. Junior Chase Lambert (1:42.57) also swam well in the 200 Yard Freestyle, as he was in fourth place, but just two seconds behind Patrick Downing of Oakland for first.


The Summit League Championships close the season for the Ladies and Gents, as they will begin their next season in the fall.