WHEATON, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University men’s swim team came within three points of capturing its first ever dual-meet victory on Saturday, Dec. 8 against Wheaton College (Ill.). The Tigers touched the wall first six events, but still came up short overall, falling 132-130.
Junior Aaron Buchanan (Beavercreek, Ohio), who became the first ever Tiger to win a swimming event in the inaugural meet on Nov. 17, captured three first place finishes against the Thunder, while Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) and junior Nolan Bethely (Carmichael, Cal.) each secured their first ever individual victories. Also taking first was the 200-yard medley (1:37.07) relay comprised of freshman Jacob Anderson (Clinton, Ill.)Price, Bethely and anchored by freshman Kasey Foley (Willows, Cal.).
Buchanan’s first victory came in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.60), with junior Bradley Adamson (Lakewood, Cal.) and freshman Trey Connor (Linden, Mich.) taking third (2:04.73) and fourth (2:09.97), respectively. Buchanan then captured the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.74) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.71). Anderson came in a close second in the 200-backstroke (1:58.98) and freshman Jonathan Songer (Wexford, Penn.) came in fourth (2:06.37).
Anderson, Foley and Bethely finished 2-3-4 in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 53.97, 56.92 and 58.51, respectively. Freshman Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) finished second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.70), while junior Bradley Adamson (Lakewood, Cal.) was right behind in third (1:46.91).
Price picked up his first place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.23), while Bethely took his in the 100-yard butterfly (53.45). Adamson was right behind in the 100-butterfly, finishing second (54.20). Foley captured second in the 50-yard freestyle (22.03) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.87).
Borgman also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.91). Price was the top Tiger in the 200-yard breaststroke, coming in third (2:13.24).
The Tigers will swim in their new home facility for the first time at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 in an intra-squad match-up while the women’s team hosts Robert Morris University (Ill.). The meets will take place in the Aquatics Center in the new Student Life and Recreation Center.