Jordan Named 2004 Mid-Con Conference Male Coach of the Year
Saturday, December 4, 2004

2004 Mid-Con Male Coach of the Year

Hansen Places in 100 Fly

Ladies 400 Free Relay

ROCHESTER, MICH.- The 2004 Mid-Continent Championships came to an end on Saturday evening with Centenary’s head swim coach Butch Jordan receiving the Mid-Con Conference Male Coach of the Year award. Jordan led the men’s squad to a third place finish in the Gents first year of team competition and had eight swimmers obtain All-Conference honors.

Oakland University men's and women's teams made conference history by defended their titles, earning their sixth straight on both sides. Oakland’s men’s team finished with 808 points, which beat runner-up Western Illinois with 643. The Gents earned 598 points ahead of IUPUI (573) and Valparaiso (387).

Being a squad comprised of only swimmers, the Gents were at a disadvantage competing at the conference meet due to their inability to score diving points. This hindrance only motivated the Gents, as they proceeded to place in the top three in 10 of the 18 events.

Robert Trempski was successful in the 200 backstroke taking another second place finish, timing in at 1:52.52. Ross Gilbert, Matija Fojs, and Robert Hendricks went three-four-five in the 500 free, while freshman Jonathan Harrop grabbed third in the 100 fly with a time of 52.14.

Freestyle sprinter, Dustin Myers demolished his collegiate best time in the 100 free, touching the wall at 47.76, to place fourth. The men’s 400 freestyle relay team of Roddie Haley, Harrop, Adam D’Aquin, and Myers swam their way to a season-best time of 3:13.66.

Hendricks led the Gents with a first place finish in the 1650 free, earning First-Team All-Conference honors. Teammates Fojs, Gilbert, Haley, Myers, Devin Rourke, Jacob Stevens, and Trempski received Second Team All-Conference honors for their extraordinary individual finishes over of the course of the three-day meet.

Oakland’s women’s squad collected 996 points to top Western Illinois, which finished second with 614 points. Rounding out the scoring on the women’s side were Valparaiso (529), IUPUI (502) and the Ladies (271).

Freshman Sara Hansen captured fifth in the 100 fly, touching the wall at 1:00.85, marking the highest Ladies finish. She also took sixth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:15.08.

Melanie Zimmerman posted the fastest time of her collegiate career in the 100 free, touching at 55.41. The 400 yard free relay foursome of Lori Von Pingel, Traci Wimberley, Zimmerman, and Hansen finished the competition earning fourth with a time of 3:42.52.

Centenary will take a break in action before traveling to the University of Louisiana-Monroe to take on the Indians on January 22, at 11:00 a.m.