Women's Swimming Stays Atop Coaches' Poll
Kansas City, Missouri – After winning four out of their first six meets of the season the SCAD women's swimming team is ranked first in the initial NAIA Coaches' Poll released by the national office Thursday afternoon. The Bees have 41 times ranked in the top 15 of their respective event.
Leading the way for the Bees are Hannah Legg, Abigail Richey, and Haley Thompson. Legg leads the Bees posting five times that rank in the top-five of the NAIA, including having the top time in the 200 butterfly (2:05.53). She also has top-five times in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 butterfly, and 400 individual medley.
Richey hold the top time in the 200 free after swimming 1:52.78 and breaking Georgia Southern's pool record last weekend. Richey is also ranked third in the 100 free (52.96) and seventh in the 100 butterfly (58.44).
Thompson has four top-ten times, including being ranked fifth in the 1650 free with a time of 17:49.87. Caroline Lepesant, Emma McKinley, and Rebecca Justus are also ranked in the top-ten of the 1650 free.
Julie Henninger is the other swimmer that has posted multiple top-five times this season. Alle Ragland is ranked eighth in both the 100 breaststroke (1:07.72) and the 200 breaststroke (2:27.86), while Cadie Crow is ranked sixth in the 100 butterfly (58.42) and eighth in the 200 butterfly (2:11.71).
The Bees received all five first-place votes. Brenau, Cumberlands, Biola, and Olivet Nazarene round out the top five.
The Bees will wrap up their regular season Friday, January 22, when they travel to Mount Berry, Georgia to compete in the Vikings Classic.