Trinity Men & Women Extend Lead At SCAC Swim/Dive Championships

Trinity Men & Women Extend Lead At SCAC Swim/Dive Championships

(Portions of this story courtesy of Centenary College, Colorado College and Trinity University)

ROCKWALL, Texas - Trinity University's men's and women's swimming & diving teams both extended their leads after completing the third day of action at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Friday at the Rockwall ISD Natatorium. Results | Team Scores | Official Site

The Trinity teams have both scored better than 700 points over the first three days of competition, piling up 13 individual and relay conference titles so far. Trinity's women lead with 778.5 total points, while the men's team has scored 744.5 points. Colorado College is in second place in both, with 576.5 women's points and 598.5 men's points.

Friday featured five individual swimming events and two relays, and the Tiger women won four of the competitions, finishing no worse than second in each of the remaining three. Trinity's men won three events in today's action.

Just as they did yesterday, the Tiger men and women started the day off with victories in a relay - today's wins coming in the 200 medley relay. Both teams broke the school records in winning their respective events.  

The Tiger men's relay team of Stephen Culberson, T.J. Jones, Spencer Bard, and Adam Thomas raced home in 1:32.42 for a new Trinity and SCAC championship record and a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships. The women's team of Jennifer Ince, Kelly Holton, Mary Price, and Lydia Jones broke the Tiger record with a time of 1:47.52 on Friday.

Trinity also swept both the men's and women's 400 individual medley. Nikita Chirkov and Lucas Belury went 1-2 in the men's race, with Chirkov touching in 4:10.41 to win the title. On the women's side, Kara Beauchamp shattered the school record with a time of 4:28.49, earning a 'B' cut time for nationals, and also breaking both the SCAC Meet and SCAC Open records.

Bard, Culberson and Brandon Tunon then took each of the three All-SCAC positions in the 100 butterfly, with Bard and Culberson earning 'B' cut times. Just before that, though, Mary Price broker her own school record with a time of 57.65 in the 100 fly, earning a 'B' cut time of her own.

Centenary College's Hayley Schneider swam the second-fastest time in SCAC Championships history in the women’s 100 fly with a finishing time of 57.04 and a NCAA 'B' cut. It was also the first-ever individual title for a Ladies' swimmer. Schneider joined Rachel Olson, Michelle Gaubert and Daniela Ruelas in the 200 medley relay, and the team posted a time of 1:49.59 for second place.

In the next event, the 200 freestyle, the Trinity women posted its own 1-2-3 finish to sweep All-SCAC honors. Lydia Jones earned a provisional time of 1:53.79 to win the event - narrowly missing the school record by .02 seconds. Leah Selznick and Rachel Hure also earned All-SCAC honors in the event. On the men's side, Centenary's Austin Butler picked up his second individual title of the Championships, winning the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:42.00.

Southwestern University's Emily Haskell earned an individual title for the Pirate women in the 100 breaststroke with a NCAA 'B' cut finishing time of 1:06.06. Trinity's Kelly Holton continued her solid SCAC Championships by breaking her own school record in the event, finishing second with a time of 1:06.13.

Colorado College freshman Robbie Adler took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke to pace the Tigers on Day 3. Adler posted a season-best time of 58.00, beating Southwestern's Kyle Wood to the wall by nine tenths of a second.

A fellow Colorado College freshman, Olivia Dilorati won the 100-yard backstroke and broke a pair of school records as CC solidified its hold on second place on the women's side.

Dilorati touched the wall in 58.45 seconds to take first in the 100 back, lowering her own CC mark set Thursday night while leading off the 400 medley relay. While finishing third in the 100 butterfly with a clocking of 58.23, she sliced .80 seconds off the standard set by Emily Stumhofer in 2009.

Michael Schwandt of Centenary recorded a time of 51.29 in the men’s 100 backstroke edging his teammate Ross Olivier in second with a time of 51.32. Both of those times were NCAA 'B' cuts. Earlier in the day, the duo broke the 12-year old SCAC record in the event’s prelims with finishing times of 51.01 and 51.13, respecitvely.

The evening swim session finished with the 800 free relay, which the Trinity women won in a school-record time of 7:44.14 - the third-fastest time in SCAC championship history. Selznick, Ana Price, Christine Hoelterhoff, and Jones teamed up for the record-breaking performance.

Colorado College closed out the Friday evening sessions with a victory in the men's 800 freestyle relay. The team of Matthew Nadel, Michael Bennett, Adler and Brian Kopec held on for a tight victory over Trinity. The CC foursome finished in 7:00.40 to defend its championship in the event and earn top honors.

Earlier in the day, Colorado College's Austin Howlett successfully defended his SCAC title in the 3-meter diving with a dazzling performance as he became the first Colorado College diver ever to eclipse the 500-point barrier with an 11-dive score of 527.75. Howlett shattered his own school record of 489.92 set a little more than a year ago during his rookie campaign. Howlett’s total was only 7.70 off the conference open an meet record set by Sewanee’s Jon Morris in 1999.

The sophomore from Makawao, Hawaii, has won three of four conference diving crowns during his first two seasons. At last year’s SCAC Championships, Howlett prevailed on the 3-meter board with a score of 484.06.

With one day of competition remaining, Trinity leads the men's standings with 744.5 points. Colorado College is second with 598.5, followed by Centenary (476), Southwestern (422) and Austin College (210).

The TU Tigers also sit atop the women's standings and have 778.5 points heading into Saturday's last day of events. Colorado College follows with 576.5 points. Centenary (406), Southwestern (256) and Austin College (153) round out the team standings.

Trinity will look to hold off the competition in the final day of action tomorrow, which opens with preliminaries in the morning. The women's 3-meter diving competition will commence in the afternoon, followed by the final swim session of the 2013 SCAC Championships Saturday evening.