By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
COLUMBUS, GA. – (Results - Team Scores) SCAD Savannah (Ga.) women and the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) take home the hardware at the 2016 Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championship at the Columbus Aquatic Center in Columbus, Ga. This is the third national championship for the SCAD Savannah women and the first-ever for the Olivet Nazarene men.
SCAD Savannah took home 9-out-of-20 women’s event, scoring a total of 753 points. This is the Bees third national championship title after winning back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. Caroline Lepesant ended her collegiate career with a national championship in the 1650-yard freestyle, finishing .64 of second behind the NAIA record with a 16:44.01. In the 200-yard butterfly, the Bees owned the podium placing first through fifth place, led by Hannah Legg with a 2:03:98 finish. This is the first time in NAIA history that one team has scored first through fifth place in any event.
Lisa Tixier of Biola (Calif.) took home her second title of the national championship in the 100-yard freestyle swimming a 51.12. Biola also had a strong showing in the 200-yard breaststroke as Christina Ali swam a first-place finish with a 2:18.31.
The men of Olivet Nazarene won their first ever national championship swimming their way to 714.5 total points and 9-of-20 first place finishes. The men finished the competition with a first and second place finish in the 200-yard fly lead by junior Frank Tapia (1:48.07) and senior Andrew Fischer (1:49.78). The Tigers had five different individual first place winners including two-time winner Danill Kuzmin who won the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley.
Riley Crandell takes home Thomas (Ga.) first ever national championship title swimming a 45.15 in the men’s 100-yard freestyle. This event was also Crandell’s first ever national championship title.
The third and final record breaking performance once again goes to Joel Ax of SCAD Savannah who smashed the previous record in the 1650-yard freestyle of 15:23.97 set by SCAD alum Alex Graudins in 2012. Ax broke the record by over four seconds. Ax continually progressed as the event went on and broke away from Bart Sommeling of Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) who stuck around until the very end finishing with a 15:32.11.
The Olivet Nazarene women’s team will be bringing home the second place trophy (502.5 points) while Brenau (Ga.) swam strong for a third place finish (336 point). On the men’s side, the Bees of SCAD came in second (600 points), while Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) took home third (372). Full results of the meet can be found on the NAIA Results page.
Women’s Swim of the Meet: Amanda Moran, Olivet Nazarene – 100-yard backstroke (56.37)
Men’s Swim of the Meet: Joel Ax, SCAD Savannah – 200-yard freestyle (1:34.90)
Women’s Diver of the Year: Genesis Veliz, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Men’s Diver of the Year: Shane Brinson, Biola (Calif.)
Women’s Swimmer of the Year: Amanda Moran, Olivet Nazarene
Men’s Swimmer of the Year: Joel Ax, SCAD Savannah
Coach of the Year
Women’s: Bill Pilczuk, SCAD Savannah
Men’s: Scott Teeters, Olivet Nazarene
2016 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Champions
Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay: SCAD Savannah (Ga.) – 1:43.56
Men’s 200-Yard Medley Relay: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) – 1:26.83
Women’s 500-Yard Freestyle: Courtney Hayward, Brenau (Ga.) – 4:56.34
Men’s 500-Yard Freestyle: Joel Ax, SCAD Savannah – 4:26.33*
Women’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Tiffany Ray, Olivet Nazarene – 2:05.84
Men’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Daniil Kuzmin, Olivet Nazarene – 1:48.68
Women’s 50-Yard Freestyle: Heather Partlow, SCAD Savannah - 23.77
Men’s 50-Yard Freestyle: Guilherme Magnoler, Olivet Nazarene – 20.67
Women’s 800-Yard Freestyle Relay: SCAD Savannah – 7:32.83
Men’s 800-Yard Freestyle Relay: SCAD Savannah – 6:39.03
Men’s 1-Meter Diving: Shane Brinson, Biola (Calif.) – 263.60
Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: SCAD Savannah – 1:35.05
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: SCAD Savannah – 1:21.91
Women’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Courtney Hayward, Brenau – 4:26.30
Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Daniil Kuzmin, Olivet Nazarene – 3:55.53
Women’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Lisa Tixier, Biola (Calif.0 – 55.29
Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Mark Shvartsman, SCAD Savannah – 49.08
Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle: Abigail Richey, SCAD Savannah – 1:52.00
Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle: Joel Ax, SCAD Savannah – 1:36.85*
Women’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Ronni Borders, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – 1:03.47
Men’s 100-Yard Breaststroke: Calvin Price, Olivet Nazarene – 54.86
Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran, Olivet Nazarene – 55.10
Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Jacob Anderson, Olivet Nazarene – 48.83
Women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay: SCAD Savannah – 3:49.58
Men’s 400-Yard Medley Relay: Olivet Nazarene – 3:16.72
Women’s 3-Meter Diving: Genesis Veliz, Wayland Baptist (Texas) – 289.50
Women’s 1650-Yard Freestyle: Caroline Lepesant, SCAD Savannah – 16.44.01
Men’s 1650-Yard Freestyle: Joel Ax, SCAD Savannah – 15-19.50*
Women’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran, Olivet Nazarene – 1:59.32
Men’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Daniel Buijs, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) – 1:46.76
Women’s 100-Yard Freestyle: Lisa Tixier, Biola – 51.12
Men’s 100-Yard Freestyle: Riley Crandall, Thomas (Ga.) – 45.15
Women’s 200-Yard Breaststroke: Christina Ali, Biola – 2:18.31
Men’s 200-Yard Breaststroke: Connor Wilson, SCAD Savannah – 2:00.95
Women’s 200-Yard Butterfly: Hannah Legg, SCAD Savannah – 2:03.98
Men’s 200-Yard Butterfly: Frank Tapia, Olivet Nazarene – 1:48.07
Women’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: SCAD Savannah – 3:27.24
Men’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: SCAD Savannah – 2:59.61