Panthers Lead After Day Three of SAA Championships

Panthers Lead After Day Three of SAA Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern Swimming and Diving teams continued their success at the Southern Athletic Association Championships on Friday night, adding on to their respective leads in the overall standings.

After three days of competition, the BSC women's swimming and diving team has a comfortable 115-point lead over second-place Rhodes with 622 total points. The men's team has 770 total points, 255 points more than second-place Centre.

The Panthers earned those point totals due in part to another great day of performances. On Thursday, BSC won five championship finals and broke multiple program and conference records in the process.

Freshman Patrick Dunne (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic HS) got the first championship win of the day for the Panthers in the 400-yard IM. His time of 3:56.76 not only made the NCAA B-cut time but also set new program and SAA records.

Sophomore Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage HS) was the next champion to take the podium for BSC. Medina earned first place in the 200-yard freestyle, beating out teammates Ryan Emili (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage HS) and Wil Barton (Memphis, Tenn./St. George's Independent School) by one second.

Sophomore Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) got in on the action in the 100-yard breaststroke. With her time of 1:02.27, she broke her own school and conference records for the event. The mark also met the NCAA B-cut time standard.

Erwin would later compete in the championship final 200-yard medley relay alongside teammates Kasey Godwin (Jefferson City, Tenn./Jefferson County HS), Chelsea Chamblee (Boaz, Ala./Boaz HS) and Savannah Barber (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northside Christian HS). The relay team took first place in the event with a time of 1:47.6, a school record.

The men's 200-yard medley relay team, made up of Dunne, seniors Caleb Riggs (Mesa, Ariz./Peninsula HS) and Luke Huffstutler (Odenville, Ala./Heritage Christian Academy) and sophomore Noah Young (Clinton, Miss./Clinton HS), was not to be outdone. They followed up the women's championship win with a first-place medal of their own, completing the event with a school and conference record time of 1:32.73.

Young was the other championship victory for the Panthers. He broke his own school record in the 100-yard backstroke to take first place with a time of 50.74.

Saturday marks the fourth and final day of the SAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m.