Anderson captures national championship in 200 IM; Olivet in 2nd at NAIA Nationals
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 10:35 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Sophomore Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) became just the second person in Olivet Nazarene University swimming history to claim an individual NAIA National Championship. Anderson led nearly the entire 200-yard Individual Medley race and in the end held off teammate senior Aaron Buchanan (Beavercreek, Ohio) to claim the title, touching the wall at 1:49.86. Buchanan took silver at 1:50.07. The 1-2 finish helped put the Tigers in second place overall after day one of the three day swim competition held at Oklahoma City Community College.
Defending national champions Oklahoma Baptist University takes an early lead with 301 total points with Olivet in second at 167 and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in third with 157. Rounding out the top five is Concordia University – Irvine (Cal.) with 127 points and Union College (Ky.) with 88.0.
The 200 medley relay team of Anderson, junior Mat Prasser (Bakersfield, Cal.), junior Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa) and junior Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.) got things going early for the Tigers, taking third with a time of 1:30.02.
Sophomore Andrew Fischer (Graaf-Reinet, South Africa) came up a little short in defending his national championship title in the 500-yard freestyle, touching second at 4:31.56. Sophomore Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) finished not far behind at 4:32.07 in fourth place.
Pheasant edged Jacobs out in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing 4-5. Pheasant touched the pads in 20.31, while Jacobs posted a 20.38 finish. Finishing up the day with a third place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay was the team of Pheasant, Anderson, junior Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Fischer.
Eleven Tigers earned All-American status on the day: Anderson (3-time), Fischer (2-time), Pheasant (2-time), Buchanan, Jacobs, Prasser, Lercel.
Olivet will be back in action tomorrow. Preliminaries races begin at 10:00 a.m. with finals starting at 6:00 p.m.