Olivet officially competes as a swim team
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – It’s been over a year in the making, but the Olivet Nazarene University swim teams officially competed as a varsity sport for the first time in school history on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Woehnker Invite at Wabash College (Ind.). The first event of the evening was the women’s 800 yard free-style relay, putting their names in the Olivet record books as the first official competitors are freshmen Katelyn Jo Snyder (Lima, Ohio), Mary Wilson (Fort Collins, Colo.), Sydney Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and junior Samantha Elam (Granada Hills, Cal.).
The Tiger team earned 30 points by finishing fifth of 10 teams with a time of 8:06.03. Winning the event was NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis who finished in the top two spots with times of 7:48.25 and 7:55.82.
The men’s 800 yard free-style relay took to the pool next, finishing fourth of nine teams with a time of 7:08.55. The foursome was made up of freshman Jacob Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), juniors Aaron Buchanan (Beavercreek, Ohio) and Bradley Adamson (Lakewood, Cal.) and anchored by freshman Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.). The University of Indianapolis also took the top two spots in the men’s division, finishing at 7:10.00 and 7:15.00.
The only individual events on the first day of competition were the 1650 yard freestyle races. Elam finished fifth of 15 competitors with a time of 11:02.83 on the women’s side, while Borgman finished 12th of 22 in the men’s competition with a time of 10:22.53. Freshman Jonathan Songer (Wexford, Penn.) finished 13th with a time of 10:42.33.
The Tigers will return to the pool today at 10 a.m. for the second day of competition. The remainder of day one of competition included the diving portion, but the Tigers do not field a diving team. Both teams are currently in 5th place.