Vaughan, Jordan Honored at Mid-Con Championships
Saturday, February 17, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Centenary freshman Maggie Vaughan and Centenary head coach Butch Jordan were both honored at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships Saturday, capping off a successful meet for both the men’s and women’s programs.

Vaughan, a native of Clinton, Miss., earned 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year Saturday after a sterling performance at the conference meet. In the three-day meet, held Thursday to Saturday at IUPUI Natatorium, Vaughan broke two conference records en route to becoming the first Ladies swimmer to earn Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year.

Drawing praise from both her teammates and coaches, Jordan described Vaughan as somewhat a coach’s dream.

"We knew Maggie had potential heading into this season," Jordan said. "She did everything we asked of her and it paid off in the end."

Vaughan captured both the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle events at this season’s conference championships, marking her place both in Centenary and Mid-Con history. Vaughan started the conference meet out in fine fashion, shattering a five-year record in the 500 free with a time of 4:48.75. The previous Mid-Con record in the event was 4:59.29, set during the 2002 season.

The freshman sensation capped off the conference championships with a record-setting performance in the 1,650 free, setting a new Mid-Con record with a time of 16:53.97 and barely missing the NCAA B qualifying time (16:53.04).

This season, Vaughan has earned Mid-Con Swimmer of the Week on two occasions, winning Mid-Con Athlete of the Month for December.

In leading the men’s swimming program to their best-ever finish at the conference championships, Jordan earned 2006-07 Mid-Con Men’s Coach of the Year honors.

Giving all credit to the student-athletes, assistant coach Joe Ferguson and parents of the Centenary swimmers, Jordan said that the Coach of the Year Award is in actuality a "team" award, not just accreditation to one individual.

This season, Centenary produced three Mid-Con runner-ups on the men’s side in freshmen Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas), along with sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.). In addition to the individual honors, five Centenary men’s relay teams finished in the top three at the conference championships.

On a men’s team without one senior swimmer, Saturday’s Mid-Con runner-up finish can only be looked upon as a cornerstone to bigger and brighter things for the Gents.

"Not having seniors bodes well for next season and gives us something to build on," Jordan said. "We’re excited about the possibilities of the future and are already talking about next year."