KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union College's Travis Strachan has been named the NAIA Men's Swimmer of the Month for January, the organization announced today. It marks the first time in UC program history that a student-athlete has earned the NAIA Swimmer of the Month award.
Strachan was selected based on his performances in the month of January and was chosen out of a pool of candidates nominated by NAIA men's swimming & diving programs.
"Travis is very deserving of this accolade," said Union swimming head coach Rafael Forti. "He is a hard working person, a very good teammate, and great leader to our group. It is a pleasure to work with him at the pool, and I'm sure he will have a great post-season meet this year."
Strachan, the Freeport, Bahamas native, won every individual and relay events he participated in January. Strachan won the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle relay on Jan. 18 against WVU Tech and Bethel (Tenn.). Six days later at Milligan (Tenn.), Strachan won three more events, the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter freestyle, against Milligan and Lindsey Wilson.
He capped off the month of January at home by winning four events (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter freestyle, and 200-meter freestyle relay) in a home meet against NCAA Division II King (Tenn.), Bethel (Tenn.) and Campbellsville (Ky.).
Strachan led the Bulldogs to a 13-1 record in dual-meets this season, the best in program history.
The Union men's swimming team will return to action in a few weeks when UC hosts the 2013 Appalachian Swimming & Diving Conference Championships at Stivers Aquatic Center. The event runs from Feb. 14 through Feb. 16.