Gents Swimming Travels to Mid-Con Championships
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Gents look to better
their fifth-place finish in
last season's championships


The Centenary men’s swim team travels to Indianapolis for the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, held Thursday to Saturday at IU Natatorium. Preliminary sessions will begin at 11 a.m. on each day, while finals follow at 6:30 p.m.



Single-session spectator admissions are sold at $9 for adults and $4 for children age 5-12. All-sessions passes will be sold for $40.


Parking is available on the campus of IUPUI on a first come, first serve basis. Visitor parking is available in the Natatorium Garage for a fee of $4 per vehicle. Buses can park in the lot located north of New York Street across from the Carroll Soccer Stadium.



The Gents finished fifth in last season’s conference championships, finishing with a team score of 344.0. Centenary’s best finish came in the 2003-04 season, finishing third with 598.0 points.


In two previous conference championship meets at IU Natatorium, the Gents have scored an average of 471.0 points per meet.



Centenary will be tested against the nationally-ranked and seven-time defending conference champions Oakland University in this weekend’s meet.


Oakland, standing sixth in the National Mid-Major Poll, holds the top times in the conference in 17 of 21 events this season.


In winning last season’s conference championships, the Golden Grizzlies racked up 970.0 points, 386.5 more points than runner-up Eastern Illinois.



In duel meets this season, the Gents hold a 6-6 record. The Gents have faced two Mid-Continent Conference teams in meets this season, defeating both Valparaiso and conference-championship hosts IUPUI.


Facing the two teams at St. Louis University, Dec. 19-20, the Gents swept both IUPUI and Valparaiso in the two-day meet. Combined over the two days, Centenary outscored Valparaiso, 299-108, while outscoring IUPUI, 282-150.


During the weekend meet, sophomore Chase Lambert led the Gents with three event wins over the two days. Lambert swept the 500 free with times of 4:49.39 (Dec. 19) and 4:49.90 (Dec. 20), also sweeping the 200 free with times of 1:44.51 (Dec. 19) and 1:44.64 (Dec. 20).


Freshman Jamie Stults won the 200 individual medley Dec. 19 with a time of 1:58.89 and 400 individual medley with a time of 4:17.33.


Also winning individual events this season against Mid-Con competition were freshmen Wladimir Montoya (100 fly), Cole McGee (1000 free) and Quinn Larwood (200 fly).



Eleven Centenary swimmers rank amongst the top 10 in their respective events, with four out of five relays standing in the top three in the conference.


Leading Centenary in the Mid-Con top times this season is sophomore Chase Lambert, who is in the top 10 in the conference in three events. In the freestyle events, Lambert stands sixth in the Mid-Con in the 500 free with a season-best time of 4:49.39. He also stands sixth in the conference in the 200 free (1:44.51) and seventh in the Mid-Con in the 200 fly (1:58.03).


Freshman Jamie Stults is sixth in the conference in the 200 individual medley (1:58.30), standing seventh in the 400 individual medley (4:17.33) and ninth in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.46).


Freshman Cole McGee has the fourth-best time in the conference this season in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:54.74.



Scoring at this week’s Mid-Con Championships go to 16 places as follows:

Individual: 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Relays: 40-34-32-30-28 


At the conference championships, the following individual awards will be given to competitors: 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place finishers in all events, Swimmer of the Year, Diver of the Year, Coach of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.