published Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Sewanee has 9 on SAA first team

Rhodes College freshman Mary Portera from Signal Mountain and Girls Preparatory School officially has been honored as the women's diver of the year in the Southern Athletic Association as a result of her high-point finish in the recent SAA conference meet.

Rhodes senior Susanna Kirby from Baylor and Birminghan-Southern freshman Wil Cushman from Dalton High School joined Portera on the All-SAA swimming and diving first team, and Sewanee had nine first-teamers to lead all league teams.

Making the first team required a first-place finish in the league meet, and the Tigers doing so were seniors Haley Shepherd, Sara Neil and Phillip Link, juniors Astrid Escobar and Alex Linton, sophomore Brian Glatt and freshmen Erin Neil, Evan Escobar and Jackson Cromer.

Sewanee sophomore Grace Cobbs and freshmen Ed Dennis and Alex McEntire and Berry sophomore Adam Jarrell from Tullahoma made the All-SAA second team for runner-up meet finishes, and Sewanee senior Lizzie Black and freshmen Carolyn Rice and Will Ralston earned honorable mention for placing third.

Anderson sets records

GPS graduate Christine Anderson capped her senior swimming season at Miami by breaking two school records at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference meet.

She won the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:00.78, breaking a Hurricanes record set in 2000, and was fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.32, another new Miami standard.

Anderson also was part of the 800 freestyle relay team that finished fourth in the conference meet, better than any previous 800 relay in Christie Shefchunas' seven years as coach.

"I couldn't be prouder of Christine," Shefchunas said. "She really wanted to do great things her last ACCs, and she went above and beyond."

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