Columbus, Ga. – Keiser (Fla.) successful defended their championship run as the Seahawks recorded 622 points to win back-to-back Men’s NAIA Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday night at the Columbus Aquatic Center. In addition to the team title, the Seahawks garnered three of the four top awards of the meet.
Day 4 Highlights
• The Seahawks took top honors in four events on the night to help secure the win. Jan Suchan won the 200 back with a time of 1:47.18, while Lukas Macek touched the wall in 2:00.49 to win the 200 breast. Keiser posted a one-two finish in the 100 free with Marcel Nagy edging out teammate Andrei Stukov for the win. Keiser also won the 400 free relay with a time of 2:59.46.
• In addition to the team championship Nagy was named the NAIA Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual national titles. Pol Roch earned NAIA Swim of the Meet for his 400 IM, which set a new NAIA record, while Head Coach Adam Epstein was named the NAIA Coach of the Year.
• SCAD (Ga.) finished as the NAIA runner-up with 599.5 points. The Bees recorded four of the eight fastest times in the 200 fly led by Maik Rieffenstahl, who earned runner-up honors. SCAD also placed second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:01.46.
• Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) recorded 300 points to finished third in the team standings. Niels Engeln successful defended his 1650 national title after going 15:30.65 to win the event by ten seconds.
• Alex Wu of Asbury (Ky.) touched the wall in 1:47.89 to win the 200 fly and capture his first NAIA national title.
• Thomas Crawford of Cumberlands (Ky.) scored 204.20 points to win the one-meter dive event. In addition to the national title, Crawford was also named the NAIA Diver of the Year. UC also got a runner-up finish in the 200 back from Daric Sundeen, who went 1:48.48. The Patriots finished fourth in the team standings with 284 points.
• Loyola (La.) finished with 249 points to round out the top five