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Men remain in first, Women in second heading into final day of SAA Swimming and Diving Championship

100-yard breaststroke winners (L to R) Stone Strankman (2nd), Duncan Bonney (1st) and Centre's Spencer Vetter (3rd) (photo by Michael Wade)
100-yard breaststroke winners (L to R) Stone Strankman (2nd), Duncan Bonney (1st) and Centre's Spencer Vetter (3rd) (photo by Michael Wade)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After another day full of medals for the Birmingham-Southern swimming and diving team at the Southern Athletic Association Championship, held at the Birmingham CrossPlex, the Panther men moved into an even more commanding lead for first, while Rhodes edged the BSC women in the team standings by less than five points.

The Panthers claimed 16 total medals today, bringing their total to 29, and won four individual titles. On the men's side, BSC has 661 total points, followed by Centre with 498. In the women's standings, Rhodes has 590 points while BSC is in second with 585.50.

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

Freshman Caleb Riggs won his second title of the meet, winning the 400-yard individual medley with an NCAA B-cut time of 4:05.77. He also broke the school record (which he already owned) after winning a title as part of the 400-yard medley relay on Thursday. Riggs was also a member of the B-finals first-place 200-yard medley relay team, along with sophomore Scott Taylor, junior Matt Gonzalez, and freshman Andrew Maley.

Junior Drew Priede won the 200-yard freestyle with a B-cut and school-record time of 1:40.24. He also won titles yesterday in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay. Junior Duncan Bonney was the gold medalist today in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking a B-cut time of 55.50 seconds, and freshman Stone Strankman was second in the same event with a time of 58.55.

Sophomore diver Ryan Gaines placed second in the one-meter with a mark of 306.75, and the 200-yard medley relay team also finished second with a time of 1:33.98. The team was made up of freshman Wil Barton, Bonney, freshman Luke Huffstutler, and Strankman. Junior Wil Cushman posted a B-cut time in the 200-yard freestyle, placing third with a mark of 1:40.71, and Barton also won the bronze medal in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.66 seconds. Huffstutler also medaled in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing third with a time of 50.84 seconds.

On the women's side, junior Molly Waddell won the 200-yard freestyle and broke her own record with a time of 1:54.12. She was also part of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team yesterday.

The 200-yard medley relay team, consisting of sophomore Erica Dekle, junior Peyton Langley, freshman Katie Kassis, and junior Kristen Stempak, finished second today with a time of 1:50.02, and Langley was also second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.52.

Kassis was third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.98, Dekle was third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.18, junior Lauren Kinsey was third in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:39.17, and sophomore Marilyn Rowell was third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.23. Freshman Emma Gladstone also won the B-finals of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.42.

The championship wraps up tomorrow with the final round of preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.