SCAC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SOUTHLAKE, TX - FEBRUARY 13-16
Friday's action at the 2008 SCAC Swimming & Diving Championships wrapped up with the same teams still holding onto the lead. Trinity's women finished the day with a total of 613.5 points overall, while Depauw's men have tallied 622.5 points to lead in that meet. In second pace for the women is DePauw with a score of 522.5, followed by Centre with 468 points and Rhodes with 355 points. On the men's side, Trinity is second with 602 points, followed by Centre's 522 points and Sewanee's 375 points.
In the morning prelims, DePauw's Katie Doogan earned a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships in the 400 IM, finishing in 4:36.05 to win the race. Teammate Amanda Stier also earned a qualifying time in the 100 butterfly, winning the race by nearly a full second.
The men's 1-meter diving finals were next, and Trinity's Ryan Cook completed his sweep of both diving events by winning with a score of 519.30 on Friday afternoon. Cook won the 3-meter event to open this year's championships on Wednesday night, breaking the conference meet record. Centre's Hunter Hayes and Trinity's Travis Mills finished second and third, respectively, just as they both did on Wednesday.
The evening swimming finals opened with the women's 200 medley relay, and Rhodes secured the winning time of 1:50.55, beating out Centre and Trinity. DePauw's team was leading the event, but was disqualified for an early take-off. Trinity won a highly competitive men's race that saw less than one second separate the top four teams. Colorado College finished second, followed by Sewanee and DePauw.
In the 400 IM, two swimmers earned provisional qualifying times, and both were from DePauw. Katie Doogan, who earned a qualifying time in the prelims, improved her time by nearly three full seconds, missing the conference meet record by 0.07 seconds. Callie Boehme also made the NCAA B cut with a time of 4:36.27, shaving just over six seconds off of her time in the morning prelims. Colorado College's Emily Stumhofer was third in the women's race. Charlie Boehme won the men's race to give DePauw a sweep for the event, followed by Centre's Brent Bowman and Pieter Smith of Rhodes.
DePauw earned its third NCAA B cut time of the finals in the 100 butterfly, as Amanda Stier improved on her prelim time from the morning. Leigh-Anne Ladymon of Trinity was second, followed by Centre's Liz Starr - the current record-holder in this event. DePauw added its first men's provisional qualifying time of the evening when Robert Alexander won the men's 100 fly in 50.35 seconds. Also making the NCAA B cut was Colorado College's Kurt Adkins, beating out Centre's Hunter Owens for second place in this race.
Trinity's Leta Gatton bested her own conference meet record to win the 200 freestyle on Friday, earning a provisional qualifying time of 1:53.77. Gatton set the record in the 2005 meet, and made up nearly five seconds from her prelim time. Caroline Stephens of Centre was second, while Trinity's Lindsay Weigley finished third in the race. Taylor Clark gave Trinity another NCAA B cut in this event, winning in a time of 1:41.05 to best former Trinity swimmer Dylan Stentiford's 2001 meet championship record. DePauw's John Cook finished second, followed by Jimmy Tatgenhorst of Centre.
Two more teams earned themselves provisional qualifiers in the 100 breaststroke, led by Sallye Hartman's record-breaking time of 1:06.63 for Rhodes. Centre's Meredith Angel finished second and also qualified with a time of 1:07.38 on Friday. DePauw's Maddison Hamil finished third in the race. Colorado College's Andrew Mullen missed the NCAA B cut by just 0.03 seconds in the men's race, winning in a time of 58.82 seconds. Teammate Tom Grossinger was the runner-up, followed by Centre's Brad Erickson.
DePauw and Southwestern battled it out for the 100 backstroke title, with DePauw's Lindsay Riggs winning by just 0.3 seconds over Southwestern's Bailey Thompson. Kristen Griffin of Rhodes came in third in the event. Sewanee's Alec Hogsette won the men's race in 54.09 seconds, followed by Asher Weinberg of Colorado College, and Centre's Michael Henry. A grand total of 0.79 seconds separated the three All-SCAC swimmers.
The final event of the evening was the 800 freestyle relay, and Trinity finished the night with a pair of victories. The Trinity women broke the SCAC Championship and SCAC Open record in the event, winning in 7:53.66 and narrowly missing the NCAA B cut. Trinity won by more than 13 seconds in the race, while Rhodes came in just ahead of DePauw. Trinity's men and DePauw's men were in a much tighter race, with just 0.10 seconds separating first and second place. Centre's men came in third to round out the All-SCAC performances.
Tomorrow is the final day of competition, with swimming prelims kicking things off at 10:00 a.m. The women's 1-meter diving finals will follow that afternoon, followed by an exciting finish with swimming finals at 6:00 p.m.