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Milligan participating in AAC championships

Kassi Butcher • Feb 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM

The Milligan College swim team has enjoyed a successful season, but is looking to add to its success as the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships are under way at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. The event began Thursday and concludes Saturday.

SEASON RECAP

Multiple school records were broken and national cuts were achieved at almost every meet. In the latest NAIA Swim & Dive Top 10 Poll, both men and women received votes. Out of the pool, the swim team has made a splash in the classroom with both teams selected as CSCAA Scholar All-American, both ranked inside the top eight NAIA teams in GPA.

“We've had a tremendous year thus far, and we'll be looking to add to our group that's already qualified for nationals this week at conference,” head coach Spencer Scarth said. “I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish in the classroom as well. The men's team in particular has bumped up quite a bit from the spring semester.”

SEASON LEADERS

Junior Maggie Halloran was chosen AAC Swimmer of the Week four times and obtained national cuts in the 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle.

On the men’s side, Sterling Burnett earned three AAC Swimmer of the Week honors, three new school records and multiple national cuts as well. Burnett holds school records in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 400 medley relay. Burnett has recorded national cuts in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay.

Burnett was a part of the 400 medley relay team that broke the Milligan record. The relay team also included Ben Hawkins, Logan Garzonio and Matthew McFalls. Hawkins broke two other school records in the 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley. Mitchell Martin broke records in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle, the latter of the two coming in the last regular season meet.

On the women’s side, Lindsey Grow set school records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Grow recorded national cuts in both of those events along with the 200 breaststroke, 400 individual medley, 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay team.

LAST YEAR

Milligan earned a combined second-place finish, 22 points behind Union for the title. The Buffs sent 16 members to the national championships with several All-American finishes and top 10 finishes.

“We will be pushed hard by some of the other bigger teams in our conference, but we expect to be top three on both teams and hopefully among the highest at nationals in a few weeks,” Scarth said.

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