Men take Austin College Invite Crown, Women Finish Fifth
Zach Harrison
Men take Austin College Invite Crown, Women Finish Fifth
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Men take Austin College Invite Crown, Women Finish Fifth

SHERMAN, Texas – Against five others schools in the Austin College Invitational Saturday (January 9), which included NCAA Division II and NAIA institutions, the Gents claimed first with 581 points, more than 180 points ahead of Division II UT-Permian Basin. The Ladies came in fifth with 241 points, knocking off St. Gregory’s.

The Centenary swimming teams finished second with a combined team score of 822 points, ahead of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference-rival and host, Austin College.

“Swims of the meet came from Zack Harrison, winning the 100 free and beating all Division III opponents in the 200 free,” explained assistant coach Kyle Joplin. “On the women’s side, Cameron Barney swam a personal best in the 200 butterfly and finished third.”

The Gents claimed one event win on the day when sophomore Zach Harrison took the 100 freestyle by almost two seconds (49.05), but numerous seconds propelled the Gents to victory. Besides the 100 free win, Harrison took second in the 200 free to UT-Texas Basin’s David de Benito Cabezas, finishing with a time of 1:49.61. Besides Harrison with the win in the 100, senior Arash Ataei took third in the event with a time of 51.12.

On the women’s side in the 200 butterfly, freshman Elena Ring took second with a time of 2:25.85. Barney finished right behind with a time of 2:28.42.

Senior Collin Baker set the tone in the distance free events for the Gents, finishing runner-up in the 1000 with a time of 10:56.30 and runner-up in the 500 free with a time of 5:14.54. Freshman Wesley Black took fourth in both of those events, touching the wall in 11:33.07 and 5:35.37, respectively.

Junior Juan Tapia took second in the 200 butterfly (2:05.69) and the 400 IM (4:30.93) and third in the 200 backstroke (2:07.21).

Sophomore Anthony McDonald finished second in the 200 breastroke (2:20.65) and third in the 100 breastroke  (1:03.36).

Also for the Ladies, Barney (1:04.86) and Ring (1:05.29) swapped second and third in the 100 buttefly.  Senior Raquel Candal took runner-up honors in both the 1000 free with a time of 11:54.65 and 500 free with a time of 5:50.98.

The Gents took runner-up honors in both the 400 medley and free relays while the women finished third in both races.

The Maroon and White return home for senior day next Saturday, January 16, to celebrate senior day against Austin College. Meet time in the Fit is scheduled for 1 p.m.