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Centre athletics teams win championships, prepare for tournament play

February 21, 2013 By Matt Montavon and Elizabeth Trollinger       
Basketball SAA Champs Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were named
regular season champions for the Southern Athletic Association
(SAA). The teams will now move on to the tournament, with the
men’s tournament being hosted at Centre.

Swimming SAA Champs The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams celebrate
after both winning the SAA Championship meets, sweeping the

Centre athletic teams have been winning big of late, with several teams garnering championship titles and others preparing for the next round of important games.

The Centre men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both recently won the first ever Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championship meets, sweeping the tournament.

The men’s competition was as closely contested as it possibly could have been, with half a point separating first and second place. The Colonels won with a combined team score of 854.5 points, edging Sewanee’s second place score of 854 points. Centre won the men’s championship without winning an event in the competition, as they used their depth to accumulate the points necessary to edge Sewanee.

On the women’s side, the Colonels won the event with a combined team score of 862 points. The Centre women won three relay events to help jumpstart their scoring, and came away with three individual wins to help provide the winning cushion for the team.

Centre head coach Dean Brownley was named SAA Men's and Women’s Coach of the Year with his team’s victories. The NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships will begin on March 20 in Shenandoah, Texas. To read more about the swim team victories, click here.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams also each won the SAA Championships in their sports—and their victories were no less sweet despite sharing them with other schools.

The Centre women’s basketball team claimed a spot in a three-way tie for the first regular season Southern Athletic Association championship with a win over Rhodes in the tournament. The Colonels finished the regular season at 14-10, going 12-2 conference competition. Rhodes also finishes at 12-2 in the conference, along with Millsaps, which will host the SAA Tournament by virtue of the three-team tiebreaker. Centre will play Hendrix in the first round of the SAA Tournament on Friday, Feb. 22. For more information on the tournament, click here.

The Centre men’s basketball team won a share of the regular season SAA championship in a victory over Rhodes. With the win, Centre finishes the regular season at 18-5 overall and 11-3 in SAA competition. Though the Colonels are co-champions for the regular season with Rhodes, Centre earns the No. 1 seed and will host the SAA Tournament due to beating Rhodes twice during the regular season. Both teams will begin play in the SAA Tournament on Friday, with Centre hosting Berry in the first game at 1 p.m. For more information on the tournament at Centre, click here.

For more on athletics at Centre College, visit centreathletics.com.

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