Saturday, February 14, 2009

Underclassmen Shine as Centre's Maggard and Rhodes' Wagstaff Take Home 100-Yard Backstroke Honors

Freshman Collen Maggard of Centre College took home the 100-yard backstroke title tonight in record fashion in a time of 58.13. Maggard, a native of Paris, Kentucky, became the first swimmer from Centre to win this event. The freshman, who was also a part of the record-breaking 200-yard medley relay team earlier in the evening, became the third individual from that team to also post an individual event win on Friday evening - and all in record breaking form. Collen, who broke the record that had been set earlier in the day during the prelims, talked about her swim after the race.

Sophomore Drew Wagstaff of Rhodes College was crowned 100-yard backstroke champion, finishing in a time of 52.27. The Slidell, Louisiana native became the second swimmer from Rhodes to win this event. Wagstaff, who swam the fourth-fastest time in SCAC championship event history, will still have two more shots at setting his own record. The sophomore had a chance to talk about his swim after stepping down from the podium.

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