LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga – Two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s swimming & diving teams competed this past weekend.
The Austin College swimming and diving teams got some strong swims but came up short against Colorado College and La Verne, with the men falling 146-55 to La Verne and 146-55 to the Tigers. Erik Gentzel led the men with a first place finish in the 100 yard backstroke, coming in with a time of 57.55 and Braedon Mitchell had a second place finish in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.13. Josh Chanin added a fourth place finish in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:13.78, with Gentzel finishing just behind him with a time of 2:16.58. Collin Vu had a strong showing in the 100 yard freestyle, placing third with a time of 52.23.
The Colorado College men's swimming and diving team split a Division III triangular meet Tuesday and Wednesday at Schlessman Natatorium. The Tigers defeated Austin College 146-55 but narrowly lost to the University of La Verne 115-103. Austin Howlett remained undefeated by winning both the 1- and 3-meter events on Tuesday. He posted a score of 339.97 in the 1-meter event, then broke the school record in the 3-meter with a score of 412.80. Teammate Ben Hicks finished third in each event. Despite not having a full team due to illness, the Tigers battled in the swimming events on Wednesday, led by Crane Sarris and Brian Kopec. Sarris won the 50-yard freestyle race in a time of 22.19 seconds, nearly one second ahead of his closest competitor. He also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.08 seconds. Kopec, meanwhile, captured the 500-yard freestyle event in 5:23.02 and was third in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:54.89. Sarris and Kopec also joined Chris Garrity and Erik Laitos on the winning 200-freestyle relay team that touched the wall in 1:29.50.