BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's and women's swimming teams opened the 2017 Southern Athletic Association Championships in first and second place after winning three of four 800 free relay finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday night. Freshman Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) broke both the SAA and BSC 200 free record in her leg of the relay. Her time qualified her for NCAA's in the 200 free and helped pace the women's team to a school record relay time.
"Very proud of how both the girls and guys came out to compete," said Head Coach Toby Wilcox. "We saw about eight lifetime best tonight."
Erwin led off the women's A relay of Jenna Luth (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington), Emma Gladstone (Mary Esther, Fla./Fort Walton Beach HS), and Sarah Catherine Murphy (Canton, Miss./Germantown HS). They shaved six seconds off their seed time to finish second in 7:46, breaking the previous BSC record by 0.83 seconds.
Ramsey Shane (Fairhope, Ala./Fairhope HS), Katherine Odle (Jasper, Ala./Walker HS), Jordan Ames (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park HS), and Kayla Canon (Arnold, Md./Blue Springs South HS) won the B final in a time of 7:59, over 14 seconds faster than their seed time.
The men won both the A and B finals for a total of 56 points on the first day. The A relay of Nico Medina (Davie, Fla./American Heritage HS), Luke Huffstutler (Odenville, Ala./Heritage Christian Academy), Justin Staab (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook HS), and Wil Barton (Memphis, Tenn./St. George's Independent School) finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of their seed time and 13 seconds in front of second place finisher Rhodes College at 6:47.
The B relay team of Scott Taylor (Arab, Ala./Arab HS), Tristan Sumpter (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS), Sam Cook (Youngsville, La./St. Thomas More Catholic HS), and Caleb Riggs (Enterprise, Ala./Peninsula HS) finished first in 7:05, four seconds faster than their seed time.
The championships continue tomorrow with swimming prelims and women's 1-meter diving finals starting at 10 a.m. The finals begin in the second session at 6 p.m. and include the 200 free relay, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 free, and 400 medley relay.
Men's 800 Free Relay Team Interview