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SCAC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SOUTHLAKE, TX - FEBRUARY 13-16
 
 
Thursday marked the beginning of the swimming portion of the 2008 SCAC Swimming & Diving Championships as nine men's and women's teams began full competition.  The meet began Wednesday night with the men's 1-meter diving, and Trinity's Ryan Cook won the event and broke the SCAC record in the event.
 
Trinity's women and DePauw's men have taken the lead after the first full day of competition at the 2008 SCAC Championships.  Trinity leads with a total of 284.5 points over DePauw's 248 points.  Centre's women's team is currently third with a total of 214 points.  Southwestern and Rhodes round out the women's top five after Thursday.  On the men's side, DePauw scored 287 total points, followed by 246 points by Trinity, and 231 points by Centre.  Colorado College and Sewanee are fourth and fifth after the opening day of competition.
 
In the Thursday prelims, there were three performances of special note, and DePauw women in particular had a nice start to the meet.  DePauw's 200 freestyle relay team made the NCAA B cut with a time of 1:36.82 to win the morning race.  Katie Doogan, Katie Massey, Amanda Stier, and Maddison Hamil made up the relay for DePauw, in a time that also broke the SCAC 200 freestyle relay record.  Hamil was also one of two individuals to post a provisional qualifying time on Thursday, joining Centre's Meredith Angel in the 50 freestyle race.  Angel recorded a time of 24.07 for her qualifying mark, while Hamil was right behind with a time of 24.36. 
 
Following prelims, the women's 3-meter diving finals were held, and Trinity had six out of nine divers score in the event.  That included Trinity taking each of the top five slots, led by first-year Hayley Emerick's record-setting score of 496.05, edging two-time defending SCAC Diver of the Year in Trinity's Lauren Walstad.  Walstad was the previous record-holder with her score of 472.10 in last year's championships.  Lindsay Martin finished third for Trinity, rounding out the All-SCAC performers in this event.
 
The swimming finals were up next, and DePauw's 200 freestyle relay women's team did not disappoint in the opening event.  The team that broke the SCAC record nearly matched their record time from the morning, winning the event by nearly one second.  Centre finished second, led by two first-years and two sophomores, while Trinity came in third place.  The men's race was won by Sewanee, followed by DePauw and Trinity in second and third.
 
In the 500 freestyle finals, DePauw took its second straight win as Callie Boehme improved by nearly five seconds over her morning time, missing the SCAC Championships record by just 0.18 seconds.  Trinity's Mary West finished second, followed by Kim Green of Rhodes.  Trinity's Taylor Clark won the men's 500 free with a time of 4:38.15.  Clark also just missed the conference record, though he did manage a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships.  Centre's Drew Anderson and Brent Bowman finished second and third, and all three earned All-SCAC honors.
 
Katie Doogan won the women's 200 IM, earning another qualifying time.  Doogan, who set the SCAC record in this event last year, finished in 2:09.37 for first place.  Sewanee's Grace Schildknecht came in second, followed by Emily Stumhofer of Colorado College.  Hunter Owen of Centre won the men's 200 IM in a time of 1:55.87, missing the SCAC Championships record by less than one second.  Colorado College's Andrew Mullen was second, while Josh Baugh from DePauw finished third.
 
Centre's Meredith Angel and DePauw's Maddison Hamil improved their NCAA B cut prelim times in the 50 freestyle, while Jazzy Miller of Rhodes took third place and missed her own qualifying time by just 0.12 seconds.  DePauw took two of the three All-SCAC spots in the men's 50 free, led by Robert Alexander's NCAA B cut time of 20.83 seconds.  John Cook finished second for DePauw, followed closely by Jarrett Tate of Rhodes. 
 
The final event of the night was the 400 medley relay, and the winners turned out to be DePauw and Centre.  DePauw's women finished in 4:00.55 in the race, followed by Trinity and Centre in second and third place.  For the men's race, Centre won a narrow victory over DePauw, finishing in 3:31.26.  DePauw was ever so close to the win, finishing in 3:31.30.  Colorado College earned another All-SCAC honor with its third place finish. 
 
Friday's prelims will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, followed by the men's 3-meter diving finals.  The swimming finals are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night.