Tigers Gearing Up for Run at SAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Tigers Gearing Up for Run at SAA Swimming & Diving Championships

SAA Championships Central

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The 2018 Southern Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships are set to begin on Wednesday, and the Sewanee programs are prepped for a championship run.

The three-day, four-night event begins on Wednesday evening at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Wednesday's session begins at 6 p.m., and there will be two sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

FEELS GREAT TO BE A NEWCOMER: On the men's side, the Class of 2021 have been a big impact this season, especially in the second half of the schedule with wins over Rhodes and Birmingham-Southern in dual matches.

In the 14 swim events the Tigers have competed in, all have a freshman leader: Carl Failing, Lee Haber and James Hoyt.

Failing holds the season-best times in five events: the 50-yard free (21.84 seconds), the 100 freestyle (47.79 seconds), the 100 backstroke (51.56 seconds), the 200 backstroke (1:54.19) and the 100 butterfly (52.20 seconds).

Haber has claimed the season-best times in five events: the 200 free (1:45.67), the 100 breaststroke (1:00.60), the 200 breaststroke (2:09.05), the 100 individual medley (56.44 seconds) and the 200 IM (1:56.87).

Hoyt's name is at the top of four events: the 500 free (4:48.38), the 1,000 free (10:03.67), the 1,650 free (16:38.53) and the 200 butterfly (2:01.32).

On the women's side, Olivia Baker is leading the pack in four events: the 50 free (25.19 seconds), the 100 breaststroke (1:08.37), the 200 breaststroke (2:32.73), the 100 IM (1:04.91) and the 400 IM (5:11.41).

DIVE RIGHT IN: Sophomore divers Jed Henrichsen and Noel Whitlock will look to improve on their All-SAA performances a year ago. Whitlock earned All-SAA Second Team honors, while Henrichsen claimed an Honorable Mention nod.

Whitlock has locked school records in all four diving events: 248.1 points (one-meter, six dive), 266.7 (three-meter, six dive), 430.42 (one-meter, 11 dive) and 447.90 (three-meter, 11 dive)

Henrichsen has earned career marks in three of the four diving events this season: the one-meter, six dive (203.62 points), the three-meter, six dive (196.80) and the one-meter, 11 dive (405.53).

MULHERN FOR SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Senior Meghan Mulhern is making her final go-around at the SAA Championships. The two-time All-SAA First Team member will look to take the wins in the distance events, with team-bests in the 500 free (5:12:11), the 1,000-free (11:02.38) and the 1,650 free (18:16.18).

HIGHLIGHTS: Click on the video below to see highlights of Sewanee's sweep over Birmingham-Southern. 

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