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Olivet holds on to 3rd place at NAIA Swim Nationals

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2014 at 10:32 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s swim team finds themselves sitting in a great position heading into the final day of competition at the NAIA National Championships. The Tigers have been strong and steady throughout the competition thus far, adding 10 more All-American performances in day two.

The 200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.) senior Sam Elam (Granada Hills, Cal.), freshmen Rachel Jirik (Normal, Ill.) and Holly Risinger (Tremont, Ill.) started things off, posting a third place finish with a 1:37.03.

Freshman Tiffany Ray (Grandview, Mich.), who set a new school record in the preliminaries, fought hard in the finals of the 400 Individual Medley to finish second with a 4:31.58. Breaking the record yet again. In the 200-yard freestyle, Elam touched the pad at 1:53.25 to finish fourth.

Sophomore Sydney Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) captured silver in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing at 1:04.67.

The Tigers finished the night with a fight in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of junior Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), Harris, junior Whitney Whitehead (Grand Blanc, Mich.) and Elam finished just behind the Bison to take the silver at 3:55.50.

The Tigers have a team total of 291.0 points, behind defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist University with 625 and Savanna College of Art and Design with 351.0. Rounding out the top five are Brenau University (Ky.) with 238.0 and Concordia University – Irvine (Cal.) with 232.0.

Olivet enters the final day of competition today, with preliminaries  at 10:00 a.m. and finals beginning at 6.