Swimming: Connor Cochran leads the way at the Emmanuel Invitational

Photo by Dean Hartman
Photo by Dean Hartman

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – Sophomore Connor Cochran of the LaGrange swimming team recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes and the Panthers came in third overall during the 200-yard medley relay on Saturday at the Emmanuel Invite in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

Cochran was the fourth swimmer to touch the wall in the 500 (5:17.18) and 1,000 freestyle (10:42.10), while he also clocked a time of 2:06.29 during the 200 freestyle. The team of junior David Edmondson, and freshmen Javin Carey, Aatiq Bradley and Michael Kerr earned third-place laurels in the 200 medley relay, clocking a time of 1:46.77.

"The first meet of the season was a big success," said Panthers head coach Devin James. "It is a great starting point, and I am very impressed with what the athletes did with just a couple weeks of training. Judging off of this weekend's performance, I have some very big hopes for this season."

The Panthers' men's team went 1-2, defeating Point University Swim Team, 84-72, while the women's team went 0-3 with losses to Point University, Milligan College and Emmanuel College.

Edmondson was the fifth-place performer in the 200 IM, touching the wall in a time of 2:17.36. He also earned fifth-place recognition with a time of 57.46 in the 100 backstroke. Freshman Emily O'Neil competed in a trio of events for the Panthers, featuring the 100 breaststroke (1:30.00), the 50 freestyle (32.26) and the 100 freestyle (1:11.52).

Kerr tallied a time of 2:09.97 in the 200 freestyle, while also suiting up for the 100 butterfly (1:01.39). Carey recorded a sixth-place nod during the 100 butterfly (59.78), along with cruising through the water in a time of 1:08.85 during a seventh-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Bradley and freshman Akil Corbin each participated in a pair of individual events. Bradley tallied times of 1:09.90 and 2:26.91 in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, respectively. Corbin brought his talents to the 50 (25.61) and 100 freestyle (1:00.19).

The Panthers will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 19, at William Peace in Raleigh, North Carolina.