Women's Swimming Wraps Up Mid-Cons in Fifth
Saturday, February 17, 2007

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Final Results
Mid-Con Day Three Results

Maggie Vaughan broke the
1,650 freestyle record
in the Mid-Con Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS -- Centenary women’s swimming finished fifth at the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, finishing the three-day meet, held at IUPUI Natatorium, with 387 points.

Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) capped off a strong performance at the conference championships, winning the 1,650 freestyle in record-setting time. Breaking both the Mid-Con and Centenary records in the event, Vaughan finished with a time of 16:53.97, just off the NCAA B qualifying time of 16:53.04.

Also competing in the 1,650, sophomore Betsy Smith (Shreveport) finished in 17th position with a time of 19:27.98, while sophomore Caitlin Cunningham (Alvin, Texas) finished 21st (20:16.12).

Four other Centenary swimmers advanced to the finals of their events in Saturday’s meet.

In the 200 fly, sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) took fourth with a time of 2:09.87. In the preliminaries, Cantillo set a new school record in the 200 fly with a time of 2:09.76. Sophomore Beth Geis (Dallas) finished 11th with a time of 2:18.30 and freshman Jessica Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) took 12th (2:19.25).

Freshmen Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas) and Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo.) both advanced to the finals of the 200 breaststroke, with Loy leading the way with a sixth-place finish with a time of 2:28.79. In Saturday’s prelims, Loy set a new school record with a personal-best time of 2:27.28. Wyatt finished eighth Saturday with a time of 2:29.35.

Advancing to the consolation finals, Smith finished 16th with a time of 2:41.22, while freshman Kendra Norman (Power Springs, Ga.) finished 13th in the 200 breaststroke (2:35.23).

Freshman Leslie Clampitt (Dallas) advanced to the event finals in the 100 free, finishing eighth with a time of 53.47. Her time in the 100 free set both a new personal record and Centenary record, with fellow-freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) also competing and finishing 15th with a time of 55.20.

In the 200 backstroke, Brown finished with a time of 2:16.76 to take 14th.

Concluding the meet, the team of Vaughan, Clampitt, Nazzal and Cantillo finished in fourth in the 400 free relay, breaking the school record with a time of 3:36.49.

Oakland University won the overall team championship with 902 points.

Following Saturday’s meet, Vaughan took home Newcomer of the Year honors for her performance both during the regular season and at the conference championships.