Centenary Swimming Makes School History at Mid-Con Championships
Thursday, December 2, 2004

ROCHESTER, MICH. – Freshman Robert Hendricks made Maroon and White history on Thursday by nabbing first-place in the 1650 free during the first day of competition at the Mid-Continent Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. Hendricks’ victory marks the first individual Mid-Con swimming title in school history. As a team, the Gents finished the night in third-place with 99 points, one point behind IUPUI, while the Ladies sit in fifth-place with a total of 71 points.


Hendricks dominated the opposition in the 1650 free, finishing with a time of 16:37.11. Powering through the water, the six-foot freshman won the race with a series of negative splits. Also racking up points for the Gents was freshman Ross Gilbert who finished in second behind Hendricks, touching at 16:50.67.


On the women’s side, team captain Kayli LeBlanc swam the 1650 free for the Ladies. Holding an even pace throughout the race, LeBlanc finished in eighth place with a time of 18:34.16.


Each of Centenary’s relay teams had impressive showings on the first day of competition. The Gents 200 medley relay team of Robert Trempski, Jacob Stevens, Jonathan Harrop, and Roddie Haley placed fifth with a time of 1:38.74.  The 800 free relay team comprised of Devin Rourke, Dustin Myers, Matija Fojs, and Stevens nabbed second, touching the wall at 7:07.29.


The Ladies 200 medley relay team of Traci Wimberley, Lori Von Pingel, Sara Hansen, and LeBlanc touched in fifth-place with a time of 1:54.89, while the foursome of Melanie Zimmerman, Von Pingel, Hansen, and LeBlanc finished third in the 800 free relay with a time of 8:08.10.


The Mid-Con Championships continue on Friday with the Gents 200 free relay team entering day two of competition with the top conference time (1:30.02). The prelims begin at 10 a.m. with the finals set for 6 p.m.