OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Union College men's and women's swimming teams opened competition at the 2014 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships at the Oklahoma City Community College on Thursday, and the Bulldogs got off to a strong start in the meet.
The Bulldogs got the evening finals started with the women's 200-medley relay, and the team of Eliska Melicharova, Kasey McCormick, Anna Kotliarova and Callie Harrigan finished third overall with a time of 1:46.49 to notch NAIA and CSCAA All-American honors in the event. The mark also broke a school-record, as well.
After the Union men's 200-medley relay team notched a sixth place finish in their portion of the event (1:33.21) to earn CSCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors, freshman Bradley Moore posted a high finish in the 500-free, hitting the wall in 4:31.89 to place third. Bradley earned NAIA and CSCAA All-American accolades with the finish. Moore also smashed a school-record in the event with the finish.
In the men's portion of the 200-IM, Jose Jesus Morales qualified for the finals, placing eighth with a time of 1:53.71 to post CSCAA Honorable Mention honors and break his own school record in the event, while in the final individual event of note on the evening, Harrigan just missed out on the finals of the 50-free, placing ninth with a time of 23.93.
The final event on the first night of competition was the 800-free relay, and the women's team of Kotliarova, Melicharova, Harrigan and Kellianne Holck earned CSCAA All-American Honorable Mention accolades with an eighth place finish in 7:54.28. For the men, the team of Moore, Morales, Dalton Baxter and Diego Rios was sixth, also earning CSCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors with a time of 6:55.82.
Action at the 2014 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships continues tomorrow. Fans are reminded that live stats will be available all afternoon and evening here, and that meet will be streamed live online here.