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Wildcats Swim Past Gardner-Webb on Senior Day

by | Jan 24, 2022

Congratulations to all the Wildcat Seniors!


DAVIDSON — Davidson’s return to competition in Cannon Pool resulted in a team sweep of Gardner-Webb and a host of event wins Saturday afternoon.

The Davidson women posted a 174-83 victory, while the Wildcat men prevailed 151-106.

“I think both sides were eager to go and swam like it,” said Davidson coach John Young. “We had a lot of good swims, and it’s nice to see a bunch of seniors pull victories on Senior Day with their families in the stands.”

Four Wildcat women and four Wildcat men won two events each.

For the Davidson women, Siena Senn posted victories in the 200 and 500 free in 1:55.30 and 5:08.30, respectively, while Shelby Stanley took the 100 free (53.18) and 100 fly (56.15). Julia Goodhead swam to wins in the 100 back and 200 back in 59.17 and 2:09.18, respectively, and Anna Newman swept the breaststroke events (100, 1:05.40; 200, 2:22.78).

Also touching the wall first for the Davidson women were Abby Francis (200 IM, 2:08.13), Kate Pottle (1,000 free, 10:34.86), Martha Tripsa (50 free, 24.45) and Selena Nishihata (200 fly, 2:09.67).

Goodhead, Rani Greer, Stanley and Francis won the 200 medley relay (1:46.97), while Goodhead, Francis, Stanley and Tripsa swam out front in the 200 free relay (1:37.11).

Anna Jepson was the top female diver in Saturday’s exhibition, posting scores of 234.83 (3M) and 261.00 (1M).

On the men’s side, Jared Herr set the pace in the 500 (4:48.76) and 1,000 (9:57.59). Miles Charles swept the fly events, winning the 100 in 51.61 and the 200 in 1:56.31. In the breaststroke, it was Cael McLaren winning in the 100 (58.73) and 200 (2:11.69), and freestyler Ben McClain won the 100 (47.06) and 200 (1:41.38).

Thomas Broderick won the 200 back in 1:54.98, and Kostas Mateer swam out front in the 200 IM (1:58.91).

Ben Cutforth was the top men’s diver in the exhibition, posting scores of 260.48 (3M) and 263.10 (1M).

Saturday’s opponent changed midweek. The Wildcats were originally scheduled to face William & Mary, but the Tribe was unable to travel because of inclement weather. Gardner-Webb, which had not planned to swim Saturday, stepped in, allowing the Wildcats to host a meet as planned.

“We’re exceedingly grateful that Gardner-Webb was able to swim,” said Young.

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