OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The first full day of competition saw Oklahoma Baptist begin their defense of the men's title in impressive fashion. The Bison are securely in first place with 338 points. Concordia (Calif.) is in second place with a team score of 144. The Lady Bison lead the women's team rankings with 290 points, ahead of SCAD Savannah (Ga.), who tallied 153 points through Thursday night's events.
Two national records fell on a night dominated by the host school. Bison men won a total of four of the five swimming events at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center, while the Lady Bison took the top times in four races of their own.
The second event of the night finished in record time, as the Bison men's 200-yard medley relay team posted a time more than one full second faster than the previous mark set by Fresno Pacific (Calif.) last year. In the men's 200-yard individual medley, Daniel Ramirez, Maximiliano Abreu and Gilles Cantrelle finished first through third, respectively, comprising a sweep for the Bison.
The men's 50-yard freestyle also featured the Bison finishing in the top three spots, with Nick Schuttinger breaking an NAIA record that had stood since 2007.
On the women's side, Charlotte Parent of Cumberlands (Ky.) took home the championship in the 200-yard individual medley, with Hannah Boudreaux of Brenau (Ga.) finishing runner-up. The Lady Bison's Nicole Wilson took the top time in the 500-yard freestyle, and was a part of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that also won a title.
A familiar face captured the men's three-meter diving championship, as Ian McNair of Illinois Tech came out on top with a score of 287.60. Jose Andrade of Concordia (Calif.) finished in second place, scoring 265.95.
For McNair, it was his second national title in as many days, and the third time in four years the he won the one-meter event. Winning both the one and three-meter championships left the senior wishing he could continue his career, but glad to go out on top.
"It's bittersweet. I'm happy that I'm done, but at the same time after winning I want to keep going," said McNair. "I felt really comfortable up there."
Action continues tomorrow morning in Oklahoma City, with preliminary swimming events beginning at 10 a.m. CST followed by the finals at 6 p.m. CST. Women's three-meter diving preliminaries will be held following the swimming events in the morning with the finals to take place tomorrow night.
The championships are available to stream live for free at www.NAIA.org or by clicking here.
National Event Records Broken on Thursday
Men's 200-Yard Medley Relay - Oklahoma Baptist (1:27.66)
Men's 50-Yard Freestyle - Nick Schuttinger, Oklahoma Baptist (19.83)