Hendrix swimmers finish 5th, 6th at conference meet

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  — The Hendrix College women’s swim team finished in fifth place and the men took sixth at the inaugural Southern Athletic Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex Aquatic Center.

The Warriors broke three more school records on Saturday, bringing the total to 12 for the three-day meet.



Junior Jo Claire Robertson earned All-SAA Honorable Mention by placing third in the 200  backstroke in 2:08.54. The Warriors also littered the B finals in the event, with senior Sheryl Burt, sophomore Sydney Haldeman of Conway and freshman Kate Henricks taking 11th, 12th and 14th, respectively.



Burt, Haldeman, Robertson and freshman Caroline Forbes placed fifth in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.52. They broke the school record of 3:44.83 set by Robertson, Burt, Vanessa Morris and Sarah Feather in 2011.



A day after earning All-SAA Second Team honors in the 100 breaststroke, freshman Bayley Krell placed third in the 200 breaststroke with a school record time of 2:27.77. The Denver, Colo., native broke Elyse Beard’s 2005 mark of 2:28.96.



Forbes also broke her  record in the 100 yard freestyle in 54.95, finishing 11th.




Centre won the women’s title with 862 points. The Colonels were followed by Rhodes (719), Sewanee (714), Birmingham-Southern (520), Hendrix (384) and Berry (296).



For the men, the 400 freestyle relay team of John Byford, Samuel Maynard, Eric Mullins and Dylan Rogers finished sixth in 3:26.15. 


Sewanee won the men’s title with 862 points, followed by Centre (832.5), Berry (658), BSC (629.5), Rhodes (248) and Hendrix (181).


The championships marked the final meet for four Hendrix women’s swimmers – Burt, Hanson, Beucler and Alanna Montgomery.



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