The 2013 NAIA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving National Championships got underway as the first national titles were awarded Wednesday afternoon. Ian Mcnair of Illinois Tech won the men's three-meter diving championship, while Oklahoma Baptist's Kristen Brimage took home the women's one-meter championship.
Mcnair captured the title with a final score of 304.50 after finishing runner-up last year. Denys Noyles came in second with a score of 281.50. Noyles had the third best preliminary score, but improved almost 50 points in the final round to secure second place. Mcnair will look to win his third national championship in four years in the one-meter championship tomorrow.
Oklahoma Baptist swept the one-meter finals, as the Lady Bison finished with the top four scores of the event. Brimage had a final score of 252.50, followed by fellow teammates Tara DeWall, Michaela Patterson, and Shaynna Hockett. The Lady Bison look to capture their first national championship in just the second year of the program. They finished second at last year's championships.
The first full day of competition begins Thursday, with swimming preliminaries to begin at 10 a.m. CST followed by the finals at 6 p.m. CST at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. Diving continues tomorrow as well, with the men's one-meter preliminaries to be held after the swimming events in the morning, and the finals to follow in the evening.
Video streaming of every event during the championships is available for free at www.NAIA.org.