Swimming Future Looks Strong as Jordan Signs Two
Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Butch Jordan

SHREVEPORT – Head Coach Butch Jordan signed two new student athletes this week to national letters of intent to study and swim at Centenary College. Swimming for the 2005-06 Ladies squad will be signees Amanda Graves and Betsy Smith.

Graves, an all-around swimmer, is expected to compete in the sprint events for the Ladies when they open next year’s season in October.

“Amanda is incredibly fast and will have an immediate impact in our sprints,” said Jordan. “She was recruited primarily as a backstroker, but her versatility will expand into our freestyle and individual medley events.”


A California native, Graves is gearing up for her senior season at Buena High School. The 5’10’’swimmer holds the 100 backstroke league champion title and was runner-up in the 100 freestyle. With her recorded lifetime bests of: 54.67 (100 free), 2:14.03 (200 back), 2:10.33 (200 IM), and 59.76 (100 back), she will definitely make an impact for the Ladies in the Mid-Continent Conference.

“We are very excited about acquiring Betsy,” said Jordan. “She will add depth to our middle distance and breaststroke events and brings an enthusiasm that will be contagious.”

Smith, a senior at Loyola College Prep, was named to the Louisiana All-State team.  Her times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke already compete with Centenary top five records. Smith follows family tradition, as both her parents graduated from Centenary.

Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River and with an enrollment of 905, it is the smallest Division I school in the nation.