OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Action wrapped up at the 2013 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships Saturday night, as the Union College men's swimming team finished seventh overall, with the women's team placing eighth. The event was held at the Oklahoma City Community College.
For Union, the Bulldogs' seventh place team finish matched a program best place at the Championships. In 2012, UC also finished seventh overall. Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs' eighth place team finish matched the second-best finish in program history, as the program also finished eighth overall in 2011.
"I am very pleased with the way our team represented our program during the meet," said head coach Rafael Forti. "We swam hard all three days, broke numerous school records, had 16 All-America performances, including 3 top 3 finishes, and no disqualifications in the process. Our group is very deserving of being in the top 7 in the nation, as we have worked very hard for several months."
For the men, Luis Ambrosio registered a historic performance in the 200-breast to lead the way on the final night of competition.
The senior narrowly missed out on winning a National Title in the event, finishing second overall in 2:01.71 to register the highest finish in a swimming event for a Bulldog in program history. With the second place finish, Ambrosio also earned NAIA and CSCAA First Team All-American honors, and broke a program record with his time.
In other individual events on the night for the men's team, Travis Strachan placed 10th in the 100-free (46.24, breaking a school record), Martino Cervera was 12th in the 200-back (1:55.03, also breaking a program record), and Vinicius Rossi finished 16th in the 200-breast (2:12.24).
The men's team ended the championships with the 400-free relay, where they finished fifth (3:05.79) to earn CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors. The mark broke a school-record in the event, as well.
On the women's side, Kasey McCormick ended a successful Championships with a fourth place finish in the 200-breaststroke after hitting the wall in 2:27.88 to earn CSCAA First Team All-American honors. McCormick's time also broke a program record in the event.
Other individuals to qualify for finals on the night were Lexus Thompson, who placed 13th in the 200-back (2:12.50, a new program record time), and Anna Kotliarova, who finished 16th in the 100-free (54.87). The Lady Bulldogs ended the Championships with a eighth place finish in the 400-free relay (3:46.74) to earn CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors.
Overall, Oklahoma Baptist captured both the men's and women's NAIA National Titles. The OBU women's team ended the Championships collecting 845 points, while the men accumulated 881 points.