Gamper Swims to 100 Breast Record at BMC Championships


ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Catawba swam to another school record on Friday at the 2016 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships being held at the Rock Hill YMCA.  Senior Jevgenij Gamper posted a new mark in the 100 breast as one of two A Final swims for the men.  The Catawba women are seventh and the men eighth heading into Saturday's final day of competition.

Gamper had narrowly missed the record in the prelim, finishing at 55.52, just one-one hundredth off the record of Patrik Drakes.  In the final, Gamper shaved nearly two-tenths off the record by finishing in a time of 55.34 and placing fifth.

Also earning a fifth-place finish was Dominik Brus in the 100 back.  His time of 50.13 was the 13th fastest in school history.  Arnold Blohme swam the C Final of the 100 back and placed 18th (55.07).

Aly Hegazi posted a tenth-place finish in the 200 free as he clocked in at 1:40.69 to record the seventh fastest time in school history.  Michael King was 21st (1:43.92).  Rafal Baran rounded out the men's finals swims on Friday with a 14th in the 400 IM (4:06.72).  He was four-hundredths faster in the prelim to post the 12th fastest on record.

Palmer Benson had the highest finish on Friday for the women as she claimed 11th in the 100 breast (1:07.06).  Benson swam the eighth fastest time in school history with a 1:06.87 in the prelim.  Cassie Shear finished 18th (1:08.36).

Two women posted top ten all-time swims.  Marcia-Mariel Erhart had the fifth fastest time in a 400 IM (4:37.71) in placing 13th and Nadine Brockmann swam the seventh best 200 free time, finishing 13th in a time of 1:55.12.  Amy Cujas picked up a 19th-place finish in the 100 back (1:00.41).

In relay action, the women's team of Cujas, Shear, Jess Daniel and Erhart finished ninth in the 200 free relay.  The time of 1:40.63 was sixth best all-time, while Cujas led off with a 50 free time of 24.42 which was third best all-time.  The men placed eighth in the 200 free relay (1:26.52) behind the team of Gamper, Brus, Blohme and Hegazi.

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