SCAD Widens Lead over Field on Day 2 of SCAD Invite

11th Annual SCAD Invitational Swim Meet

  • Thursday, December 3rd – Saturday, December 5th, 2015
  • Prelims 9:00 AM / Finals 5:00 PM (4:00 PM on Saturday) (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Chatham County Aquatic Center

Both the SCAD Savannah women’s and men’s team continued to build leads over their opponents on Day Two of the SCAD Invitational at Chatham County Aquatic Center in Savannah, Georgia.

After a 1-2 Emory sweep of the 200 medley relay, led by Hannah Baratz, Kike Afolabi-Brown, MacKenzie Brosnahan, and Amelia Anderson in 1:37.58, the Bees came bounding back with a 1-2-5-6-7 finish in the women’s 200 fly. Senior Hannah Legg led the way for SCAD with a 2:05.53 win. Emory’s Ava Salmi won the 200 free in 1:52.19 ahead of Brenau’s Courtney Hayward (1:52.89) and Abigail Richey of SCAD (1:53.42).

Emory racked up points with five of the top eight finalists in the women’s 100 breast, but it was Brenau’s MK Jabbia with the win in 1:05.54. Four more Eagles made the 100 back A final but SCAD freshman Kandes Soapes took the title in 57.42. Soapes just barely held off a hard-charging Lindsay Dowling of Brenau. Alison Mai of Emory fought off Brenau’s Hayward to win the 400 IM in 4:29.48. The A final of the 50 free was all Emory and Brenau, with the win going to Emory’s Baratz in 24.47.

Brenau (Dowling, Jabbia, Alisha Hodgetts and Hayward) beat SCAD (Soapes, Alle Ragland, Cadie Crow, and Haley Thompson) 3:56.84 to 3:58.68 in the 400 medley relay. SCAD’s depth was on display all evening, however, as the Bees loaded up B finals, and won most of them to boot.

Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 20

1. SCAD Savannah 570
2. Emory University 514
3. Brenau University 373
4. South Georgia State College 204
5. Thomas University 114
6. Berry College Vikings 100
7. Point University 47
8. LaGrange College 16
9. Warren Wilson College 4

The SCAD men began with a win in the 4×50 free relay behind Nick Wargo (21.73), Karl Hegwein (20.99), Tim Olbrich (21.64), and Joel Ax (20.50). Ax went on to win the 200 free in 1:38.52 and the 50 free in 20.47. He also anchored SCAD’s second-place 400 medley relay in 43.94, proving what a terrific range he has in the freestyle events.

Joey Ellwanger of Berry College won a decisive 200 fly (1:55.74) over SCAD’s Mark Shvartsman and Ryan Davis of South Georgia State. Davis’ teammate Mitchell Graham won the 100 breast title over SCAD’s Tim Jarnvik, 57.15 to 58.15. SCAD’s Hegwein came from behind to steal victory from Emory’s Zach Chen in the 100 back; Hegwein out-touched Chen 50.79 to 51.30.

SCAD’s Tyler Prescott had a huge second half of the 400 IM that propelled him to victory in 4:01.86, after having trailed Emory’s Matt Wu (4:05.37) and Matt Varraveto (4:08.79) and Berry’s Patrick Groh (4:11.91). Prescott (51.38) combined with Jarnvik (57.35), Ryan Sweat (51.27), and Wargo (46.67) to win the men’s 400 medley relay, just holding off teammate Ax over the final stretch. The B team beat the A team, 3:26.67 to 3:27.04.

Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 20

1. SCAD Savannah 643
2. South Georgia State College 334
3. Emory University 284
4. Berry College Vikings 256
5. Thomas University 127
6. LaGrange College 69
7. Point University 38
8. Warren Wilson College 9

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About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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