Panther men and women lead after day two of SAA Swimming and Diving Championship

2015 SAA 200-yard freestyle relay champions (photo by Michael Wade)
2015 SAA 200-yard freestyle relay champions (photo by Michael Wade)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern picked up five individual championships and 13 medals today after the second day of action at the Southern Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championship, held at the Birmingham CrossPlex, and both teams lead the overall standings.

The men hold a lead of 356-263 over defending champion Centre College, while the women lead Rhodes 333.5-327.

Click over to the championship site to view video interviews with all winners as well as photos from throughout the day.

On the women's side, BSC won the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team consisting of juniors Kristen Stempak, Hailey Morris, and Molly Waddell, and sophomore Marilyn Rowell, posted a time of 1:38.63. Stempak also won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.29 seconds, and Waddell was third with a time of 24.61 seconds. The 400-yard medley relay team (sophomore Erica Dekle, Rowell, junior Lauren Kinsey, and Waddell) finished second with a time of 4:01.88, and Kinsey also placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:08.26. In the one-meter diving finals in this morning's session, junior Abby Sims finished third with a score of 302.85.

In the men's competition, BSC swept the top three spots in two events: the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. In the 500 free, junior Drew Priede won gold with a school-record time of 4:30.15, followed by freshman Wil Barton at second (4:33.48) and junior Wil Cushman at third (4:34.21). All three times were all NCAA B-cuts. Junior Duncan Bonney took home top honors in the 200 IM with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:51.12, followed by sophomore Scott Taylor at second (1:53.78) and freshman Caleb Riggs at third (1:54.23).

BSC also won the 400-yard medley relay with a school-record time of 3:25.04; the team was made up of Barton, Riggs, Bonney, and Priede. BSC also won the 'B' finals of the 400 medley relay, with the team consisting of Taylor, freshmen Stone Strankman and Luke Huffstutler, and Cushman, clocking a time of 3:28.92. Freshman Andrew Maley won the 'B' finals of the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.80, and Taylor, Cushman, freshman Chilly Davis, and Riggs won the 'B' finals of the 200 free with a time of 1:27.79.

Action continues tomorrow with preliminaries of swimming events, and men's 1-meter finals, at 10 a.m., followed by swimming finals beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, the final day of competition, begins with swimming preliminaries and 3-meter diving finals at 9 a.m., and the final session at 5 p.m.