March 01, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Baptist and Fresno Pacific (Calif.) dominated the first full day of competition at the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships. Following day two, the Bison lead the men’s team standings with a score of 249 points. The two-time defending champion Sunbirds closely trail with 244 points. On the women’s side, the standings are flipped. The Sunbirds are firmly in first place with 263 points, while the Bison are in second with 196 points.
Thursday featured a total of six records broken at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. The second session of the day started and finished with record-setting performances. The most remarkable event came in the first final of the night as three teams broke the women’s 200 yard medley relay record in the final, including the victorious Sunbirds. In the final event of the night, the Bison men broke the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay record set by Fresno Pacific last year.
The Sunbirds’ Cheyenne Coffman broke her own mark set in 2010 in the women’s 50-yard freestyle. Coffman was also a member of the record-setting women’s 800-yard freestyle relay team. The Bison relay team also broke the record and came in second. Both teams shattered the record set by California Baptist last year by more than two full seconds.
Alex Graudins from SCAD Savannah (Ga.) set a new record in the men’s 500-yard freestyle. He eclipsed his own record from 2011 and won the event for the third-straight year. The men’s 200-yard medley relay record also fell today as the Sunbirds broke their own record on the way to winning the event for a third-consecutive time.
The men’s one-meter diving final finished with Ian McNair of Illinois Tech (Ill.) on top with a score of 326.85. For McNair it was his second title in the event in three years. Christopher Salgado of Concordia (Calif.) came in second with a score of 314.55.
Swimming preliminaries will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST with the finals starting at 6 p.m. CST. The women’s three-meter diving championships will take place between the preliminaries and the finals.
Oklahoma City Community College has established a live video stream through Ustream for the 2012 National Championships. Watch Friday and Saturday’s action right here.
National Event Records Broken on Thursday
Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay – Fresno Pacific (1:41.40)
Men’s 200-Yard Medley Relay – Fresno Pacific (1:28.76)
Men’s 500-Yard Freestyle – Alex Gaudins, SCAD (4:24.63)
Women’s 50-Yard Freestyle – Cheyenne Coffman, Fresno Pacific (22.29)
Women’s 800-Yard Freestyle Relay – Fresno Pacific (7:26.93)
Men’s 800-Yard Freestyle Relay – Oklahoma Baptist (6:39.17)