Vaughan Sets Record at Mid-Con, Ladies Third After First Day
Thursday, February 15, 2007

Files associated with this release:
Meet Results - Mid-Con First Day

Vaughan set a new Mid-Con
record in the 500 Free Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS -- Freshman Maggie Vaughan set a new Mid-Continent Conference record at the conference championships Thursday, as the Centenary women’s swimming team stands third with 122 points after the first day.

With the championships held at IUPUI Natatorium, in Indianapolis, Vaughan continues to excel in her freshman season with the Ladies, winning the women’s 500 freestyle Thursday with a time of 4:58.75. The Clinton, Miss. native broke both the Centenary program record and conference record with her time Thursday, breaking the Mid-Con record held the last five years by Angela Simetkosky of Oakland (4:59.29).

Vaughan, who lowered her career-best time in the event by more than eight seconds, started the day in fine fashion, winning the preliminaries in the 500 free with a time of 5:05.51. She became the first Centenary women’s swimmer to win an individual event in program history.

Peaking at the most opportune time, the Ladies set new program records in all five events Thursday, led by Vaughan’s win in the 500 free.

The Ladies finished fifth in both relays Thursday, breaking the program record in the 200 free relay to start the evening session. The team of Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas), Alana Gregory (Flower Mound, Texas), Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) and Leslie Clampitt (Dallas), set a new program record in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:40.10 Thursday.

In the 400 medley relay, Centenary registered a new program record time of 4:04.55, as the team of Zimmerman, Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) and Nazzal took fifth in the event.

Wyatt took silver in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:10.45. In Thursday morning’s preliminary round, Wyatt broke the Centenary record with a time of 2:10.15, breaking the school record of Cantillo (2:11.79).

Cantillo finished fourth in the 200 IM, swimming a new personal-best time of 2:10.65. Freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas) finished 15th in the event with a time of 2:18.23.

In the 50 free, Clampitt took seventh in the event with a time of 24.84. She set a new Centenary record in the event in the preliminary round with a time of 24.55, breaking her own school record.

Standing third after the first day of the conference championships, the Ladies are in prime position to earn its best finish at the Mid-Con Championships, a testament to both the coaching staff and the abilities of the Centenary swimmers.