OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Olivet Nazarene University men’s
swim team is in a dog fight for second place at the NAIA National Championships
held at Oklahoma City Community College. With two days of swimming complete,
the Tigers are narrowly holding on to second place, just five points ahead of
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), while defending national champion
Oklahoma Baptist University runs away with their third straight championship.
Olivet got this started early with the 200-yard freestyle
relay team of junior Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.), sophomore Jake Anderson
(Clifton, Ill.), junior Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) and junior Simon Pheasant
(Alexandria, South Africa) taking silverat 1:20.26.
Senior Aaron Buchanan (Beavercreek, Ohio) posted a 3:57.87
in the 400 Individual Medley to claim second place, while teammate Anderson
finished in eighth at 4:07.55.
Pheasant touched the pad in 49.37 in the 100-yard butterfly
to finish fourth, while Lercel finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle at
1:41.07. Sophomore Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) placed eighth in
the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing at 57.08. Anderson took bronze in a tight
100-yard backstroke race, finishing at 49.70.
To finish up the evening, the 400-yard medley relay team of
Anderson, Price, Pheasant and Jacobs took bronze with a 3:21.79.
The Tigers return to action today for the final day of competition.
Preliminaries begin at 10:00 a.m. with finals starting at 6.