Swimming Earns Several Post-Season Honors

Women named to academic team, three earn all-conference honors


 The Catawba College women’s swim team has been named to the CSCAA Academic Team for the Fall semester of 2006.  The team compiled a 3.03 team grade point average for the semester.  Three swimmers, Leigh Spada for the women, along with Patrik Drakes and Grant Gibson for the men, were named to the All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference team.

 Spada swam to all-conference honors in both the 100 and 200 free.  She Spada also swam to NCAA “B” in three events with school-record swims in the 100 free (53.45) and the 200 free (1:56.45).  She also had a school mark in the 50 free. 

Drakes made all-conference in the 100 breast as he swam a “B” cut time of 58.31, which was also a school record.  It was one of four school records for Drakes during the meet.  He also set marks in the 50 breast (27.02), 200 breast (2:10.38) and the 100 back (56.11).

Gibson picked up all-conference honors in the both the 1650 and 1000 free.  He set a total of nine school marks at the conference meet.  He set six marks in freestyle events and also added marks in the 50 back (28.04), 100 fly (57.47) and the 200 fly (2:04.57).  His freestyle marks were: 50 free (22.55), 100 free (49.52), 200 free (1:47.49), 500 free (4:52.98), 1000 free (10:25.68) and 1650 free (16:42.90).

Also setting school marks at the conference meet was Michael Biehl and Kevin Flebbe.  Biehl had a swim of 2:10.75 in the 200 back, while Flebbe set his record in the 50 fly (27.11).  The men also set a record in the 200 medley relay (1:56.12) which consisted of the team of Biehl, Eric Thornton, Justin Weller and Chad Collins.

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