Gents Swimming Earns Second at Mid-Con Championships
Saturday, February 17, 2007

Files associated with this release:
Mid-Con Final Results
Mid-Con Results - Day Three

Cole McGee took second
in the 1,650 free Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS -- Centenary men’s swimming racked up 603.5 points to finish as runners-up in the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, held at IUPUI Natatorium, in Indianapolis.

Concluding with Saturday’s meet finale, the Gents earned their best-ever finish at the conference championships, just in their third season in the Mid-Con.

Seven Centenary swimmers advanced to the championship finals in their respective events in Saturday’s meet, led by freshman Cole McGee’s (Albuquerque, N.M.) second-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle.

In the first event in the men’s competition, McGee set a new Centenary record with his runner-up finish in the 1,650 free, finishing with a time of 16:13.80. Also finishing strong in the event, junior Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas) registered a time of 16:37.90 to take fifth in the 1,650 free, with Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas) finishing ninth (16:56.68) and Clayton Carter (Houston) taking 13th (17:25.46).

Freshman Alex Opland (Marietta, Ga.) advanced to the championship finals in the 200 backstroke, finishing with a personal-best time of 1:56.25 to earn fifth place. Opland was followed by Clay Malinovsky (Frisco, Texas) and Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La.) in the event, who finished ninth and 12th, respectively.

In the 100 free, Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) broke the Gent record with his fifth-place finish, touching the wall with a time of 46.14. Still in the 100 free, brothers Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas) and Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) both set personal records, finishing ninth and 12th, respectively. Dustin broke out with a time of 47.23 in the finals, while Bryan went 48.06 in the finals, setting his personal-best with a time of 47.97 in the event preliminaries.

Kyle McKee (Louisville, Ky.), Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) and Ryan Duplantis (Chauvin, La.) all set personal records in the 200 breaststroke, led by McKee’s sixth-place finish. McKee broke his own school record in the event with a time of 2:09.58.

In the final individual event, the 200 fly, sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) finished in fourth place with a time of 1:54.16. His time in the event broke the Centenary record, followed by Wladimir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas), who finished sixth, and Larwood’s 15th-place finish.

Concluding the night and what can be described as a very-strong performance by the Gents in Indianapolis, the 400 free relay team of Hayes, Lambert, Dustin Myers and Stults took third with a time of 3:06.36, breaking the Centenary record.

Oakland held on to capture the 2006-07 Mid-Con crown, leading all three days of the meet and accumulating 982 points for the championship.

On the men’s side, Zoltan Horvath of Oakland took home Swimmer of the Year honors, while teammate Marcin Unold won Newcomer of the Year. Jaron Tuttle of IUPUI won Diver of the Year for 2006-07.

Centenary head coach Butch Jordan was honored as Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons, with the Gents earning runner-up honors.