On Campus | March 3

On Campus | March 3

Five area swimmers had successful ends to their seasons. Sophomore Payton Woods, from Champaign Central, had a record-setting meet for Michigan State at the Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. Individually Woods broke his own existing record in the 50 freestyle, lowering his time to 19.71 seconds, and anchored both the 200 and 400 medley relay squads that also set program records. Later in the meet he would set another Spartan record as a member of the 400 free relay.

Two days after Franklin College swimmer Brynna Sentel, a freshman from Sullivan, was named a First Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree, she earned Women's Swimmer of the Year honors at the 41st Liberal Arts Championships. Sentel turned in a dominant performance, setting a HCAC record in the 200 freestyle, hitting an NCAA provisional mark and setting a pool record in the 100 backstroke, and setting both a pool and program record in the 500 freestyle while taking first in all three events. She was also a member of the first-place 200 and 400 medley relay teams as well as the 800 freestyle relays.

Illinois Wesleyan's Alivia Hay, a sophomore from Mahomet-Seymour, and Claire Michael, a junior from Urbana Uni, earned Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin All-Conference honors. Michael finished second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 1,650 freestyle while Hays turned in a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke and a third in the 500 freestyle. Both swimmers were on the Titan's winning 800 freestyle relay squad.

Sophomore Hunter Jones, from Champaign Central, also earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors for Wabash College recently. Jones took second in the 100 breaststroke in a personal-best 56.50 and was a member of the Little Giants 200 medley relay that came within .17 seconds of setting a program record on their way to a third-place result.

Six area track & field standouts won honors at their respective conference meets. Memphis University graduate student Luke Vaughn, from Centennial, took first in the shot put and third in the weight throw at the American Athletic Conference meet, making him a five-time All-Conference honoree. His 61 feet, five inches throw in the shot broke his own program record by almost two feet.

Redshirt freshman Jon Davis, from Oakwood, earned Second Team All-Big Ten recognition with a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships. His time of eight minutes, 12.28 seconds also qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championship

Olivet Nazarene junior Andrew Franklin, from Mahomet-Seymour, was a co-winner of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outstanding Field Performer after posting a victory in the weight throw and a second-place in the shot put, both of which earned him a spot at the NAIA National Championships being held this weekend. Franklin earned NAIA All-American status with an eighth-place in the weight throw yesterday.

The brother-sister duo of Vaughn and Aleeka Gentzler, from Paxton-Buckley-Loda, earned All-MWC honors at the Midwest Conference meet for Monmouth College. Vaughn, a junior, won the 60 hurdles in a facility record 8.42 seconds while sophomore Aleeka took third with a personal-best 5-31 / 4 in the high jump. Also earning honors was Knox College freshman Hunter Lee, from Watseka. In addition to his second-place finish in the high jump, Lee also ran the anchor leg of the Prairie Fire 800 relay squad that finished third and set a new program record.