BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's and women's swimming and diving teams split with the Trinity University Tigers in a home meet at the Birmingham Crossplex on Saturday.
The Panther women toppled the No. 22-ranked Trinity squad by a score of 167-126, while the men fell to the Tigers 169-122.
On the women's side, BSC took first place in nine of its 16 events, including three straight to start off the meet. The Panthers won the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Mary Katherine Stewart (Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS), Mary Beth Ronne (Athens, Tenn./McMinn County HS), Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) and Chelsea Chamblee (Boaz, Ala./Boaz HS).
Junior Jenna Luth (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington HS) won the 1000-yard freestyle next and Erwin followed with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle.
Erwin would get another win later in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.36.
Freshman Anna Jordan Luth (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington HS) won three individual crowns, winning the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 1:09.24 and 2:28.24, respectively, as well as the 200-yard IM with a mark of 2:13.68.
Chamblee was BSC's other individual swimming winner with a time of 24.88 in the 50-yard freestyle, while sophomore diver Mallory Schirm (Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove HS) took first place in the three-meter.
On the men's side, it was a matchup between Top 25 programs, with BSC ranked No. 21 and Trinity ranked No. 23 in the nation.
The Panthers captured first place in six of their sixteen events against the Tigers. Junior Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage HS) and freshman Hayden Henderson (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo HS) led BSC with two wins each.
Medina won both the 100-yard backstroke and the 500-yard freestyle with times of 53.15 and 4:42.17, respectively. Henderson took the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke, with a time of 2:13.8, and 200-yard IM events, with a mark of 2:01.32.
Sophomore Ryan Emili (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage HS) and junior Tristan Sumpter (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS) were BSC's other two individual winners, capturing the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke events, respectively.
Birmingham-Southern finished the meet with a victory in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Saturday's meet against Trinity also served as Senior Day for the Panthers. Birmingham-Southern's senior class was recognized before the meet and were applauded for their contributions to the swimming and diving program and to the college.
The meet was Birmingham-Southern's final competition before the start of the Southern Athletic Association Championships Feb. 13-16. The conference championship will be held at the Birmingham Crossplex with sessions starting 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.
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