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.