BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Berry College swim and dive teams opened the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships with a huge day out of the 800 freestyle relays as the women finished second and the men third.
The day was highlighted by more than a 28-second school record from the women's A team made up of Brooke Boyd, Maggie Hogsed, Sarah Pierce and Haley Brown. The Vikings earned a second-place finish and a national B cut time of 7:36.97, the first ever in the women's program for a relay. Earlier this season, freshman Brooke Boyd earned a B cut in the 1650 freestyle with a 17:32.48. Berry trailed the first place Birmingham-Southern Panthers by just one one-hundredth of a second. Leah Berndt, Audrey Burch, Corley Peth and Berkeley Hawks also put in a solid swim for the B team, earning a third place finish in their heat with an 8:07.62. After the night, Berry is tied with Centre for second place on the women's side with 46 points. BSC leads the pack with 56.
On the men's side, the Vikings A and B teams each earned third place finishes. Dylan White, Jackson Parker, Cory Mullins and Mac Stovall put in a 6:58.29 to pace the A team. Led by Cole Beddingfield, Spencer O'Neale, Will Walker and Eric Hammer, the B squad posted a 7:23.62. The Vikings are in a three-way tie for fourth with 44 points. Centre currently is leading after strong dives in the men's one-meter diving competition, earning 102 total points.
The SAA Championships continue on Thursday with preliminary events starting at 10 a.m. at the Birmingham CrossPlex Natatorium.
Live results and video are available throughout the championships HERE.