SCAD Women, Men Finish Atop Standings at 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

Full meet results

Both the women’s and men’s teams of the host school, Savannah College of Art and Design, held onto their respective leads on the third day of the SCAD Invitational, finishing with strong performances in every event. While Emory and Brenau won all the events in the women’s meet on Day 3, SCAD showed impressive depth. The Bees won every single event on the men’s side, dominating the competition.

Emory’s Hannah Baratz (27.91), Hannah Lally (30.28), Alison Mai (24.13), and Kike Afolabi-Brown (25.84) got things started with a victory in the 200 medley relay with 1:48.16. Mai later won the 200 IM by 9/100 over teammate Amelia Hartje, with 2:08.43.

Courtney Hayward (5:00.63) of Brenau took the title in the women’s 500 free, while Berry’s Janelle Spanjers came from behind to out-touch Claudia Sherman of Emory over the last 25 yards for second place. Spanjers was also fourth in the 200 breast. Brenau’s Sarah Frey won that race in 2:27.86. SCAD’s Alle Ragland overtook Emory’s Lally for second place.

Brenau’s Alisha Hodgetts went 56.73 to win the 100 fly ahead of SCAD’s Hannah Legg (57.68) and Cadie Crow (58.42). Fourth-place Carolyn Ives of South Georgia State had impressive swims in both the 100 fly and 100 free.

Ava Salmi of Emory won the 200 back (2:03.23) and teammate Amelia Anderson, the 100 free (53.06). The fastest 100 free time, however, came out of the B final, where SCAD’s Abigail Richey edged teammate Julie Henninger, 52.96 to 53.15. Eagles freshmen Salmi (53.15), Anya Koné (53.46), Baratz (52.43), and Anderson (52.00) closed out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay (3:31.04), 2 seconds in front of SCAD’s Henninger, Richey, Meagan McManus, and Haley Thompson.

Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 41
1. SCAD Savannah 947.5
2. Emory University 925.5
3. Brenau University 691
4. South Georgia State College 359
5. Thomas University 220
6. Berry College Vikings 215
7. Point University 69
8. LaGrange College 30
9. Warren Wilson College 4

SCAD’s Karl Hegwein (24.20), Nick Wargo (26.85), Mark Shvartsman (20.75), and Joel Ax (22.26) combined for 1:35.97 to beat South Georgia State’s Austin Vines, Mitchell Graham, Dylan Villhauer, and Alex Haymond in the men’s 200 medley relay. Hegwein (1:53.92) later led a 1-2 SCAD finish in the 200 IM with teammate Tyler Prescott (1:55.05). Prescott, meanwhile, earned a gold medal of his own in the 200 back (1:49.11) over Zach Chen of Emory (1:50.06) and Berry’s Patrick Groh (1:52.69).

Ax picked up two victories, winning both the 500 free rather handily (4:26.81), and the 100 free (44.77) by 7/10 over Emory’s Hayes Burdette-Sapp (45.58) and Alex Kohlman (46.82).

SCAD’s Mark Shvartsman led a 1-2-3 Bees sweep in the 100 fly. He finished in 50.41, while teammates Ryan Sweat (51.60) and Brogan Bunner (51.73) were second and third. LaGrange’s Mitchell Cross (52.19) was fourth

Connor Wilson of SCAD came from behind to grab the victory in the 200 breast with 2:10.95; he just out-touched Emory’s Patrick Leonard (2:11.31). Graham of South Georgia State beat SCAD’s Styrbjorn Torell by 2/100 for third, 2:12.54 to 2:12.56.

Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 41
1. SCAD Savannah 1188
2. South Georgia State College 623
3. Emory University 479
4. Berry College Vikings 448
5. Thomas University 230
6. LaGrange College 141
7. Point University 57
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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