Gents and Ladies Swimming Prepares for SCAC Championships
The 2016 Swimming Senior Class
Gents and Ladies Swimming Prepares for SCAC Championships
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LEWISVILLE, Texas - It will be a busy week for the Centenary Swimming teams at the 2016 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Wednesday-Saturday, February 10-13.

While it is unusual a team has take almost a month off since the senior meet against Austin on January 16, head coach Butch Jordan likes the longer break.

“We have taken the time off this way for the past several years. It seems to work for us,” Jordan explained. “We try to have our senior meet far enough in advance of the conference meet, we can think about this meet only. Everything we have done in the pool has been aimed at conference.”

Unless they advance to the NCAA championships, seven seniors will be appearing for Centenary in the pool: Arash Ataei, Collin Baker, Raquel Candal, Erick Norem, Michael Pullano, Daniella Ruelas and Chloe Snow.

“What does this meet mean? It simply means it is their last ever swim meet. Hopefully, it is very important for them to go out and swim fast,” said Jordan.

The strength for the Gents lie in the breastroke, particularly the 100 breastroke.  Freshman Stetson Carlile and sophomore Anthony McDonald sit second and third on the pre-meet heat sheet with times of 1:01.04 and 1:01.34, respectively.

McDonald, who claimed All-Conference accolades last season in the 200 breastroke, also sits third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.40. Ataei is seeded second in the 100 fly with a time of 52.65.

“Among the Gents, I think Arash Ataei will have a very good showing. He is one of our seniors, so I think he will go out very strong,” explained Jordan. “Juan Tapia will be another swimmer to watch, along with Zachary Harrison if he has no ill-effect from injury. Those three guys come to my mind right away. Mason Kay should shine in the short freestyle events and on relays.”

Junior Juan Tapia claimed the 400 IM at the SCAC Championships as a freshman in 2014.

For the Ladies, coach Jordan thinks freshman Elena Ring is primed for a big meet.

“On the women’s side, I think Elena Ring will step up, do very well and have lifetime bests. She will be swimming everything from the fly events to the IM. We are not as deep on the women’s side, but we expect a solid showing,” explained Jordan. "Obviously with our freshman class, they are into unknown territory, so we really do not know how they will perform. But we have had a few swimmers who have come slong very well this year. Any of the freshmen can do well. We do not know who will, but one or two will."

Competition kicks off Wednesday night with the 200 yard medley relay and the 800 free relays.