BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's and women's swimming and diving teams got off to a strong start on the first night of the 2019 Southern Athletic Association Championships on Wednesday.
The first night of competition consisted of the men's and women's 800-yard freestyle relay and the women's one-meter diving competition.
The Panther women came out hot, taking first place in the championship relay and breaking a program and conference record in the process. The BSC team consisting of Mary Katherine Stewart (Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS), Anna Jordan Luth (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington HS), Mary Beth Ronne (Athens, Tenn./McMinn County HS) and Becca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) finished the race and set the new record with a time of 7:33.06, three seconds better than the invited time.
The BSC team of Annalane Lee (Orange Beach, Ala./Gulf Shores HS), Anna Grace Pell (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones HS), Jenna Luth (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington HS) and Maddie Hosick (Kansas City, Mo./Lee's Summit West HS) came in second place in the women's consolation heat with a mark of 7:51.08.
On the men's side, the Panthers placed third in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Tristan Sumpter (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge HS), Ryan Emili (Anchorage, Alaska/South Anchorage HS), Justin Staab (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook HS) and Nico Medina (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage HS) completed the relay in 6:52.84.
BSC finished first in the men's consolation heat, completing the relay in 7:05.17. That team consisted of Chase Mays (Olathe, Kan./Xavier), Adam Dekle (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic HS), Christopher McClintock (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen Catholic HS) and Max Stoneking (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South HS).
In the final event of the night, the women's one-meter dive, Sammi Loew (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy HS) and Eleni Heller (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while Mallory Schirm (Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove HS) placed ninth.
At the end of the first session, the BSC women lead the field with 134 points, and the men are second in the standings with 54 points, just behind Berry with 56.
The SAA Championships continue on Thursday with preliminary sessions starting at 10 a.m. and final sessions beginning at 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Crossplex.
For complete 2019 SAA Swimming and Diving Championship information, please visit the championship central homepage.
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