Swimming Sweeps Dual Meets with Hendrix, Loyola
Junior Zachary Harrison claimed wins in the 200 and 500 free, as well as apart of the 200-medley relay team.
Swimming Sweeps Dual Meets with Hendrix, Loyola
Friday, September 30, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. – Centenary Gents and Ladies swimming got off to a fast start for the 2016-17 season by beating both Hendrix and Loyola of New Orleans on Friday night, Sept. 30.

The Gents hit triple digits against both of their opponents, besting Hendrix 137-49 and beating Loyola of New Orleans, 104-77. The Ladies handily knocked off the Warriors, 115-65, but used a pair of wins at the end of the meet to push by the Wolfpack, 81-77.

"The team as a whole swam well for this early in the season," said assistant coach Kyle Joplin. "Several of our swimmers had lifetime best in-season swims. We've only been practicing for about 3 1/2 weeks, so we were happy with the results."

For the Ladies, freshman Jessi Jordan took her first collegiate win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.23, more than three seconds faster than her nearest competitor and the ninth-fastest time in school history.

Junior Zach Harrison claimed a pair of wins in the distance free events and added a third triumph as the anchor of the 200-medley relay for the Gents. In his first individual event of the day, the 200 free, he built more than a second lead in the first 100 and held on with a time of 1:49.37, besting Loyola’s Cole Moreno (1:50.22). Harrison, freshman Jordan St. Pierre, and sophomore Wesley Black went 1-2-3 in the 500 free with times of 5:03.69, 5:10.07 and 5:24.54, respectively.

Finally, Harrison and senior Juan Tapia, and juniors Anthony McDonald and Roberto Roig-Perez took the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:40.41.

On the Ladies side, freshman Liz Ryan claimed an individual and a relay title in her first competition since 2014. She completed the first Centenary Ladies win on the season by more than five seconds in the 100 free with a time of 56.78. She teamed up with junior Caitlyn Faulhaber, senior Jane Barney and sophomore Elena Ring to touch the wall in 1:45.53 to win the 200-free relay.

Other event triumphs came for the Gents in the 50 free, 100 butterfly, and 200-free relay. Junior Mason Kay took the fastest event in swimming by more than a half-second, touching the wall in 23.02. Sophomore Paul Ahluwalia and Roig-Perez took the top two spots in the 100 butterfly with times of 55.95 and 56.34, respectively. Black’s finished fourth with a personal best 56.76 in the event.

Kay, Ahluwalia, Roig-Perez, and St. Pierre claimed the 200-free relay title with a time of 1:33.49.