BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 9, 2017) – Led by a win from junior Meghan Mulhern and a second-place finish by diver Noel Whitlock, the Sewanee men and women's swimming and diving teams performed well after the first full day of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Mulhern won the women's 500 Free in 5:07.97. That mark was over two seconds faster than runner-up Sarah Pierce of Berry. Earlier in the day, Mulhern posted the fastest time in the prelims at 5:10.18.
During the morning session, Whitlock finished second in the women's 1-meter dive. Whitlock's 357.45 points were behind winner Sarah Hayhurst of Centre.
As a team, the women's squad is currently in fifth place with 183 points. Over on the men's side, Sewanee is currently sixth with 94 points. Birmingham-Southern leads both competitions.
In the women's 200 IM, senior Caty Hueske finished eighth in the finals. Hueske earned the Tigers 11 team points when she touched the wall in 2:16.78.
In the women's 50 Free, Kaylee Pierson also finished eighth in 24.83 seconds. A close race throughout, winner Becca Erwin of Birmingham-Southern edged all finalist by less than a full second.
In the men's 50 Free, Kyle Schnell actually tied Noah Martin of Centre for fifth place. Remarkably, Schnell and Martin both touched the wall at exactly 22.68 seconds.
Finally, the women's 400 Medley Relay was fifth. The Tiger team of Hueske, Pierson, Mary McCarthy, and Mulhern finished in 4:08.01.
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