SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 2017-18 Sewanee swimming and diving teams enjoyed another season in the pool and on the diving boards, with nine student-athletes being selected to the All-SAA Team.
The men's team saw three dual meets come down to the wire during the season. In Sewanee's opener against Berry on Oct. 13, the Tigers won the final four events, the 500-yard freestyle, the one-meter dive, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle relay, to secure the 115.5-105.5 win in the pool. In total, six Tigers, all freshman, helped secure wins in the opening meet.
Lee Haber tallied his first two career event wins, winning the 200-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle. In the 200, he finished with a 2:00.70, while timing a 4:54.42 in the 500.
A quartet of freshman who helped lift the Tigers over the Vikings were the four who swam the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Robert Coles, Haber, Hayden Everett and Jacob Finco swam to a 1:32.02 time to win the event.
Failing and Hoyt secured two school records each during the season. Failing claimed the 100 free (46.14 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (51.13 seconds), while Hoyt is the new record holder in the 1,000 free (9:56.37) and the 1,650 free (16:30.21).
In the 400 free relay, the team of Failing, Freibert, Finco and Haber swam a 3:06.80 time, which came at the 2018 SAA Championships.
The team also secured close victories on Jan. 20 at Rhodes (103-101) and Jan. 26 vs. Birmingham-Southern (112-111).
Finishing fifth at the SAA Championships, the Tigers claimed top honors at the Igloo Invitational on Nov. 17-18.
The women's team finished in fifth at the 2018 SAA Championships, but the story of the 2017-18 season for the Tigers came on the diving boards, as both Noel Whitlock and Paisley Simmons earned a spot at the NCAA Regional Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
For Whitlock, not only did she qualify for regionals in both the one-meter and three-meter, she also set new school records in each event this season: 248.10 in the one-meter, six dives; 266.70 in the three-meter, 11 dives; 430.42 in the one-meter, 11 dives; and 447.890 in the three-meter, 11 dives.
The Melbourne, Fla. native finished seventh in the one-meter dive (362.85) and 13th in the three-meter dive (322.95) at the regional championships.
Simmons, like Whitlock, also qualified for regionals in both diving events. She made the "B" cut in the one-meter dive at the SAA Championships, scoring a 401.70 for a second place finish. She also qualified in the three-meters with a 415.20 score at the Igloo Invitational for the freshman.
At regionals, the Louisville, Ky. native finished 11th in the three-meters (326.70) and 16th in the one-meter (311.30).
Memorable Meet | Sewanee vs. Birmingham-Southern, Jan. 26
On Senior Day, the Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a quality win over regionally-ranked Birmingham-Southern. The Panther women were ranked ninth, while the men were seventh at the time in the West-Midwest-South region poll, announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
On the women's side, the Tigers rallied past the visitors, 121-116, thanks to wins by Meghan Mulhern in the 500-yard freestyle (5:28.04), Kate del Balzo (1:05.17) in the 100-yard butterfly and Olivia Baker (1:11.83) in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The men squeaked by the Panthers, 112-111, despite BSC taking the win in the final race: the 200 freestyle relay.
Lee Haber's win in the 100 breaststroke (1:00) helped secure the event for the Tigers. The rising sophomore also clinched the 400 individual medley with a 4:17.22 time.
Lee Haber - First Team (200 breaststroke)
Carl Failing - Second Team (100 backstroke)
Jacob Finco - Second Team (400 freestyle relay)
Andrew Freibert - Second Team (400 freestyle relay)
Jed Henrichsen - Second Team (3-Meter Dive)
Paisley Simmons - Second Team (1-Meter Dive | NCAA Regional Qualifier)
Noel Whitlock - Second Team (3-Meter Dive | NCAA Regional Qualifier)
Robert Coles - Honorable Mention (200 freestyle relay)
James Hoyt - Honorable Mention (400 medley relay)
Academic Honor Roll
College Swimming Coaches Association of America
Scholar All-America Teams
Fall 2017 | Women's Cumulative GPA 3.29, Men's Cumulative GPA 3.13
48th consecutive semester for award
Spring 2018 | Women's Cumulate GPA 3.47, Men's Cumulative GPA 3.33
49th consecutive semester for award