BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Hendrix College men’s and women’s swim teams broke two school records on the first day of the inaugural Southern Athletic Association Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex Aquatic Center on Thursday.
The women’s 400 medley relay team of junior Jo Claire Robertson, sophomore Sydney Haldeman, of Conway, and freshmen Bayley Krell and Caroline Forbes capped the day with a third-place finish, breaking their school record by more than seven seconds in 4:00.14. For their efforts, the quartet earned All-SAA Honorable Mention.
Forbes bested the Hendrix school record in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries in 25.08 seconds, breaking Anna Patterson’s old mark of 25.25 set in 2004. Forbes, from Baton Rouge, La., then topped the record again in the finals, placing fifth in 24.78 seconds.
Haldeman and sophomore Laura Price both scored in the B finals of the 500 freestyle. Haldeman, finished 12th in 5:26.27 and Price was 15th in 5:31.63. Senior Sheryl Burt took 14th in the 200 individual medley with a personal best of 2:18.07 and Krell was 16th in 2:18.29. The 200 yard freestyle team of Krell, senior Emily Hanson and freshmen Kate Henricks and Sarah McHugh took sixth in 1:47.29.
For the Hendrix men, junior John Byford finished just .40 seconds shy of the 29-year old school record in the 200 IM finals. Byford finished fourth in 1:56.82. Freshman Dylan Rogers also scored in the B finals of the event, placing 16th in 2:11.62.
The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Byford, Rogers, sophomore Samuel Maynard and freshman Eric Mullins took sixth in 1:33.86. The team also placed sixth in the 400 medley relay in 3:53.25.