Panthers Impress, Records Fall on Day Two of SAA Championships

Panthers Impress, Records Fall on Day Two of SAA Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams ended Day Two of the Southern Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships ahead of the pack and in first place in the rankings on Thursday.

BSC continued to build on its impressive performances from Wednesday, earning five championship final first-place finishes and three program records.

Among the notables were the BSC relay team of Patrick Dunne (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic HS), Luke Huffstutler (Odenville, Ala./Heritage Christian Academy), Ryan Emili (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage HS) and Noah Young (Clinton, Miss./Clinton HS) which placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:24.16, setting a new program record.

Young and Emili joined Caleb Riggs (Mesa, Ariz./Peninsula HS) and Wil Retersdorf (Spring Hill, Tenn./Independence HS) in the 400-yard medley relay to earn another first-place finish. The foursome finished with a time of 3:25.61.

Other notables were sophomore Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS), sophomore Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage HS) and Noah Young, who earned individual victories in the finals.

Erwin set a new school record with a first-place time of 4:54.67 in the 500-yard freestyle. In the event, she beat out the second place finisher by eight seconds. And Medina placed first in the men's 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:29.4.

Young also added his name to the BSC record book. His time of 1:49.54 in the 200-yard IM was not only good enough to give him the win in the race but, in the process, tied the school record set by Duncan Bonney.

Young placed first in the 200-yard IM but the Panthers cleaned up in the event. Following Young in the second, third and fourth place spots were Dunne, Riggs and senior Brady Coleman (Denham Springs, La./Denham Springs HS), respectively.

Birmingham-Southern looks to continue its strong showing at the conference championships on Friday. The preliminary session will once again start at 10 a.m. at the Birmingham CrossPlex Natatorium. The finals session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Live results and video are available throughout the championships HERE.