March 07, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — (Results) Fifteen national champions were crowned Friday at the 2014 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships at the Oklahoma City Community College Natatorium in Oklahoma City, Okla. On a night when seven NAIA National Championship records fell, Oklahoma Baptist continued to dominate the field, winning 12-of-15 titles.
The women’s and men’s teams from Oklahoma Baptist brought home the first national titles of the night, both in record-breaking fashion. The women broke their own 200-Yard Freestyle Relay National Championship record, set in 2013, with a time of 1:32.15. Not to be outdone, the men followed with a record-setting performance of their own, also breaking their own 200-Yard Freestyle Relay National Championship record, set in 2013, by finishing in 1:18.43.
In the 400-Yard Individual Medley, top-qualifier Courtney Hayward, a freshman from Brenau (Ga.), registered a come-from-behind victory over fellow freshman Tiffany Ray of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) who led for the majority of the race. Hayward shaved three seconds off of her qualifying time to out-touch Ray in 4:30.53 and win her second national title of 2014. Freshman Tim Richard of Oklahoma Baptist flirted with an NAIA National Championship record in the men’s race, but fell less than seven-tenths of a second short at 3:54.49.
Two-time defending national champion Christine Tixier, a junior from Biola (Calif.), captured her third-straight title in the Women’s 100-Yard Butterfly. En route to the title, her second of 2014, Tixier broke her own NAIA National Championship record, set in 2012, with a time of 54.35. Junior Daniel Ramirez outpaced the Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly field and broke his own NAIA National Championship record, set in today’s preliminaries, by finishing in 46.13.
Junior Laura Galarza of Oklahoma Baptist swam the 200-Yard Freestyle in 1:50.18 to win her second-straight title in the event and her second national championship of 2014. Freshman Joel Ax of SCAD Savannah (Ga.) also earned his second title of 2014 in the men’s event with a time of 1:36.71, setting an NAIA National Championship record in the process.
In the 100-Yard Breaststroke, junior Kerryn Mullin of Oklahoma Baptist won the women’s race in 1:04.29 to defend her national championship, while senior Gregory Penny of Oklahoma Baptist out-touched two teammates for the men’s title with a time of 54.03.
Lisa MacManus, a senior from Oklahoma Baptist, defended her national title in the Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke with a time of 54.69. In the men’s event, MacManus’ teammate Daniel Ramirez also won his second-straight title and second national championship of 2014. With his national championship winning time of 46.28, Ramirez shattered his own NAIA National Championship record, set in 2013, by over a second.
Oklahoma Baptist won the Women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay title in 3:46.28, and then wrapped up the day the way they started it, with an NAIA National Championship record-breaking performance in the Men’s 400-Yard Medley Relay with a time of 3:12.88. The Bison’s time smashed the previous record of 3:15.27 set by former-member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) in 2012.
Senior Kristen Brimage of Oklahoma Baptist, who won her second-straight 1-Meter Diving national championship Wednesday, also defended her Women’s 3-Meter Diving title with a score of 222.50.
Oklahoma Baptist continues to lead both the women’s and men’s fields with 625 and 639 points, respectively. On the women’s side, SCAD Savannah (351 points) and Olivet Nazarene (291 points) trail the Bison. On the men’s side, Olivet Nazarene (336 points) and SCAD Savannah (331 points) round out the top three.
The NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships will conclude Saturday, March 8, with swimming preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. CST and finals resuming at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Community College Natatorium.
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2014 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Champions
Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Oklahoma Baptist - 1:32.15*
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Oklahoma Baptist - 1:18.43*
Women’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Courtney Hayward, Brenau (Ga.) - 4:30.53
Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Tim Richard, Oklahoma Baptist - 3:54.49
Women’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Christine Tixier, Biola (Calif.) - 54.35*
Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Daniel Ramirez, Oklahoma Baptist - 46.13*
Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle: Laura Galarza, Oklahoma Baptist - 1:50.18
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle: Joel Ax, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) - 1:36.71*
Women’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Kerryn Mullin, Oklahoma Baptist - 1:04.29
Men’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Gregory Penny, Oklahoma Baptist - 54.03
Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Lisa MacManus, Oklahoma Baptist - 54.69
Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Daniel Ramirez, Oklahoma Baptist - 46.28*
Women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay: Oklahoma Baptist - 3:46.28
Men’s 400-Yard Medley Relay: Oklahoma Baptist - 3:12.88*
Women’s 3-Meter Diving: Kristen Brimage, Oklahoma Baptist - 222.50
* NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championship Record