Jan. 8, 2012 (Statesboro) – The Darton College Swim team earned three individual top finishes Saturday against some tough, NCAA D-I talent at a Georgia Southern University meet.
Darton College freshman Emily Mitchell won the 50-yard backstroke in a smoking 28.2 seconds. Justin Akins brought Darton a win in the men’s 50-yard butterfly competition, swimming a 27.62. And Deniss Jariga won the 150-yard butterfly with a total time of 1:25.54.
“This was a tough meet for the team since they just came off of an intense week of winter training,” Darton Head Swim Coach Molly Gilbert said. “But it was a great start to the second half of our season.”
In the women’s competitions, Mitchell also took fourth in the 150-yard backstroke. Kenzie Bentz placed third in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 27.62. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Anna Macht, Nicole Hawkins, Natalia Martinez and Mitchell took second place. The relay was led by Macht, who set a school-record time of 52.63. Macht, a freshman from Germany, now holds six school records.
On the men’s side, Jariga placed second in the 150-yard backstroke. Akins tied for second place with teammate Ben Smith for the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.52. Sophomore Wally Senter finished third in the 150 freestyle and teammate Juan Vendrell also took third in the 100-yard freestyle.
The Darton program will host Daytona State College and Savannah College of Art and Design at home Saturday, in a tri-meet scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.