February 14, 2014

Panthers win six SAA titles on day one of 2014 Swimming and Diving Championship; BSC leads team rankings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After the first of three days of competition at the 2014 Southern Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championship, Birmingham-Southern has already won six individual championships and leads the team rankings on both the men's and women's sides.

The BSC women won the 200-yard freestyle relay; the team consisted of sophomores Kristen Stempak, Molly Waddell, Peyton Langley, and Hannah Busk. Their time of 1:36.92 was a school and SAA record, and Stempak also broke the school and conference record with the lead swim.

Busk also won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:07.11, breaking the school and SAA records. It was also a NCAA B consideration cut time.

Additionally, the women won the 400-yard medley relay with a mark of 3:55.27; their team consisted of Busk, Langley, sophomore Laura Kinsey, and Waddell. Busk broke the school and conference records and achieved an NCAA cut time in the lead-off of the 100 back.

In women's diving action, Abby Sims broke the school record with a mark of 290.10 in the one-meter diving, placing third.

Sophomore Drew Priede won the 500-yard freestyle title with a time of 4:36.36, and the Panthers occupied five of the top eight spots in that competition. Priede and second-place Wil Cushman both achieved NCAA B-cut times.

Sophomore Duncan Bonney won the 200-yard IM with a school and SAA record time of 1:49.54, also a B-cut consideration.

The Panthers claimed the 400-yard medley relay title as well, with freshman Scott Taylor, Bonney, sophomore Matt Gonzalez, and Priede recording a time of 3:25.97.

All in all, nine school records and six SAA records fell at the hands of the Panthers today. BSC also achieved five NCAA B standards cuts.

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BSC leads the team standings after day one of competition. The women have a score of 286, followed by Rhodes at second with 224.50 and Sewanee at third with 218. The men stand at first with a mark of 245, followed by Centre with 211 and Berry with 208.

Action continues tomorrow with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.