BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Berry College swim and dive teams continued to put in one of the best Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships in the program's history on Thursday, with numerous career and team records falling.
The women's team started the night with a program record in the 200-yard freestyle relay made up of Josie Hadaway, Sarah Pierce, Maggie Hogsed and Haley Brown. Their record-breaking time of 1:38.20 earned a fourth place finish in the event. Freshman Brooke Boyd followed with a second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:02.46, improving on her own record.
One of the biggest swims of the night came from Josie Hadaway, who became the first swimmer in program history for the women's team to win an individual SAA title. She won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:06.99 which also set a new team record. Haley Brown capped the individual events for the Vikings, placing second in the 50-yard freestyle in a program-record time of 23.94. The women finished the evening placing second in the 400-yard medley relay (Maggie Hogsed, Brooke Boyd, Josie Hadaway, Haley Brown) with a time of 3:57.29.
To add to the record-breaking night, Sydney Ragsdale led off the 400-yard medley relay B team in a new 100 backstroke program record time of 59.56. Earlier in the day, Sydney Partlow and Grace Bailey finished 7th and 9th, respectively, in the women's one meter diving event. The Vikings sit at third with 252 points.
On the men's side, Michael Bemis, Laramie Sellers, Jackson Parker and Mac Stovall put in a strong swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay to earn a fourth place finish. Dylan White then came just shy of his school record in the 500-free with a time of 4:38.35 for a fourth place finish. Bemis then capped the night with a second place finish in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 21.21. The men capped the night with a fourth place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, sitting at third place overall with 197 points.
The SAA Championships continue on Friday with preliminary events starting at 10 a.m. at the Birmingham CrossPlex Natatorium.
Live results and video are available throughout the championships HERE.