Columbus, Ga. – Defending NAIA champion SCAD (Ga.) notched 11 podium finishes, including one win, to remain atop the team leader board with 452 points after the third day of competition at the NAIA Swimming & Diving Championships taking place at the Columbus Aquatic Center. Six individual national champions and national champions in the 200 medley relay were decided tonight.
Day 3 Highlights
• The Bees posted four of the top eight times in the 200 free led by Spencer Sheridan, who edged out Jessica Axford of Union (Ky.) by 0.02 of a second to win the event. Sheriden went 1:50.85 to capture her first individual national title of the meet. Sara Lucusky swam 1:04.34 to notch a runner-up finish in the 100 breast, while SCAD recorded a national runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.
• Keiser (Fla.) utilized two wins to help them leap two spots in the team standings and are now second with 315 points. The Seahawks opened the session with winning the 200 medley relay with a time 1:43.86. Annna Herbst and Meagan Abad went 57.07 and 57.28 to notch one-two finish in the 100 back. Herbst also placed second in the 100 fly touching the wall in 56.21
• Mendy De Rooi of Cumberlands (Ky.) recorded her second individual national title, this time in the 100 fly, to led the Patriots, who are third with 269.5 points. Cumberlands had five podium finishes including a pair of third place finishes on the night.
• Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) is in fourth place with 204.5 points in the team standings highlighted by a pair of wins. Karla Islas won the 400 IM (4:26.46), while Andrea Vega took top honors in the 100 breast (1:03.25).
• St. Ambrose (Iowa) posted a one-two finish in the one-meter dive event. Andrea Adam edged out teammate Taylor Madison 222.00 to 202.90 to take the win.
• College of Idaho recorded 177 points to round out the top five teams in the standings.
The NAIA Championship will continue Saturday, March 2, for the final day of competition. Prelims are slated to begin at 9 a.m. EST, while finals will start at 5 p.m. EST. Live video of the championship can be found here, while live results can be found here.
For more information about the Women’s NAIA National Championship, check out the championship page here.