Centenary swimmers close out regular season strong
Monday, February 6, 2012

The Ladies and Gents finished off an impressive regular season with dual wins at home over conference foe Delta State University.  The Ladies topped the Okra 110-95 while the Gents won 117-88. As is tradition on the last home meet of the season, the Ladies and Gents honored the eleven graduating seniors to thank them for their four years of dedication to the Centenary Swim Team.

The Ladies totaled six first-place finishes on the afternoon. The relay team of Chelsea Russell, Brittany Wilkens, Hayley Schneider, and Alison Jones started the meet off with a win in the 200 Medley relay with a time of 1:52.19 which was good enough for the fifth fastest time in Centenary history.

Russell had a big day in the water with two individual wins in the women’s 200 Individual Medley (2:13.82) and the Women’s 100 Butterfly (1:00.55). Also garnering first-place finishes for the Ladies were Laura Huning in the Women’s 100 Freestyle with a time of 55.44, and senior Lauren Lassiter in the Women’s 100 Backstroke with a mark of 1:02.26.

Heading in to the last event, the Women’s 400 Freestlye Relay, the Ladies found themselves with a fragile 1 point lead and needed to secure a victory in order to capture a win for the team. The quartet of Schneider, Kayla Thornhill, Lassiter, and Huning stepped up to the challenge and delivered, coming in first at 3:22.87. Showing the depth of the Ladies squad, the B Relay of Cassie Cloutet, Ashley Giffen, Kate Rivers, and Wilkens finished in second place, ahead of Delta State’s A relay with a time of 3:48.81.

On the men’s side, the Gents totaled seven first-place finishes. Following the Ladies example, the Gents also started the meet off with a win in the 200 Medley relay. The relay team of Peter Henry, Austin Butler, Devin Ross, and Caleb McSorely won with a time of 1:34.27.

The first Gents individual victory came in the 200 Freestyle as Sophomore Butler fought off Delta State’s Yvan Nys in the final lap of the race to finish with a time of 1:46.33.

Seniors McSorely and Henry followed Butlers lead with wins in the 50 Freestyle (21.30) and the 100 Butterfly (50.97) respectively.

Senior Devin Ross blew away the field in the 100 Freestyle by over two seconds with a time of 46.12.

The last individual win for the Gents came from Junior Michael Schwandt posting a mark of 53.32, just mere tenths of a second off of his lifetime best.

The Gents dominated the final event of the afternoon taking first and second place in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The A squad made up of seniors Henry, Anthony Leblanc, McSorely, and Ross broke the pool record in the event, previously held by TCU, with a time of 3:08.40.

Next up for the Ladies and Gents is the NSICS Conference Championships, held at Delta State University on February 22-25.