Two Relay Records Fall On Opening Night of Centennial Conference Championships

by SwimSwam 0

February 21st, 2020 College, NCAA Division III


Courtesy: Centennial Conference

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The 2020 Centennial Conference Swimming Championships got off to a torrid start on Thursday night at Gettysburg with a pair of record-breaking relay performances.

Thursday night’s action consisted of just four events – the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay for both the men and women – but did not lack for drama. Opening night highlights included record-breaking times from the Franklin & Marshall men’s 200 medley relay and the Swarthmore men’s 800 freestyle relay.

The F&M men’s 200 medley relay team of Alec Wahl, Tom Graminski, Brendan Cline and Chris Schiavone set a new Centennial Conference championship record with a time of 1:30.69, breaking the previous championship record of 1:30.84 set by Swarthmore last winter. 

In the fourth and final event of the evening, Swarthmore’s men’s 800 freestyle relay team of Ethan Bergmann, Alec Menzer, Alec, Alec Lawless and Ben Freeman swam to a time of 6:39.82, shattering the previous Centennial Conference, championship meet and Gettysburg pool records. The previous championship record (6:42.03) was set by Swarthmore last year, the conference record (6:42.03) was a 2013 Gettysburg mark, and the pool record (6:41.48) was set by Johns Hopkins in 2011.

On the women’s side, relay victories went to Gettysburg in the 200 medley and Swarthmore in the 800 freestyle. The Gettysburg quartet of Hannah Wasson, Katie Cooper, Elissa Clancy and Kate Crilly won the 200 medley with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:44.30, whille the Garnet team of Anna Kottakis, Sophia Lee, Anna Lyn and Hannah Kloetzer touched first in the 800 freestyle with an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 7:38.37.

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