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School Record Falls, Gents Sit Third Heading Into Final Day
Junior Juan Tapia has three All-Conference honors thus far, including a school record in the 400 IM.
School Record Falls, Gents Sit Third Heading Into Final Day
Saturday, February 13, 2016

LEWISVILLE, Texas – Junior Juan Tapia did it again in the 400 IM.

Claiming a Southern Collegiate Athletic title in the event his freshman season, Tapia finished right behind Andrew Thiesse of Trinity with a time of 4:04.81 to finish second at the SCAC Championships Friday night, February 13, in Lewisville, Texas.

“Swim of the meet so far comes from Juan Tapia,” explained assistant coach Kyle Joplin. “He earns an NCAA B cut time on the 400 IM and set a new team record.”

The Gents currently sit comfortably in third with a total of 411 points. The Ladies sit fourth with 230 points.

Tapia, who qualified second in the prelims, improved up his time by nearly five seconds. Tapia beat or tied Thiesse in 5-of-8 50-yard splits, including all the breastroke and freestyle splits, but Tapia could not overcome a 1.5-second gap from the first 50 of backstroke.  He made up more than a second in the final 150 yards, but it was not enough.

Also taking All-Conference accolades on Friday was the Gents 400 medley relay, who knocked off more than 16 seconds from its seed time to finish third. The quartet of Tapia, sophomore Anthony McDonald, senior Arash Ataei and sophomore Zach Harrison touched the wall in 3:28.20.

On the women’s side, freshman Elena Ring takes seventh in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.20.

The Gents scored 61 points in the 100 breastroke thanks to four swimmers in the top final and another in the second heat of the event. McDonald finished second in 58.48, while freshman Stetson Carlile touched the wall in 59.55 to finish fourth. Seniors Erick Norem and Michael Pullano rounded out the top heat to finish seventh and eighth with times of 1:00.28 and 1:01.10, respectively.

Freshman Paul Ahluwalia took 11th with a time of 1:03.36.

Harrison finished seventh in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.71. The Ladies quartet of senior Chloe Snow, senior Daniela Ruelas, freshman Rebecca Dunn and sophomore Caitlyn Faulhaber finished fifth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:43.32.

On Thursday, The Gents 200 free relay bested its seed time by more than four seconds. McDonald, Ataei, Harrison and sophomore Mason Kay touched the wall in 1:225.56 to finish third to earn All-Conference honors.

On Wednesday, both the Gents and Ladies captured All-Conference honors in the 200 medley relay. Ruelas, Ring, Faulhaber and junior Jane Barney touched the wall six seconds faster than their seed time, finishing in 1:56.21. McDonald, Pullano, Ataei and Harrison knocked off three seconds from the seed time, touching the wall in 1:37.22.

Wrapping up Wednesday’s competition was another All-Conference honor for another Gents’ relay. This time, it was Tapia, Carlile, senior Collin Baker and freshman Zach Norton in the 800 free relay, finishing with a time of 7:12.93.

Centenary finishes SCAC competition Saturday, February 13.