Ouachita Baptist University men’s swimming and diving teams finished fifth nationally and the women’s team finished sixth at the NCAA Division II National Championships March 14 in Houston, Texas.
The Ouachita TigerSharks finished with 259 points as Drury won the meet with 543. Wayne State was second with 504.5 and Missouri S&T took third with 320.5 Limestone placed fourth with 279.5. Meanwhile, the Lady TigerSharks took sixth with 223 points, 10 shy of West Chester (233), which placed fifth. Drury captured the title with 618.5. Wayne State was second with 453.5 and UC San Diego placed third with 425. Truman State was fourth with 333.
In the first event of the day, the men’s 1650, Vicente Condorelli took 14th in 15:44.72, while Will Wood placed 26th in 16:30.31.
In the men’s 100 Free, Radu Badalac captured fifth in 43.89, missing the mark set by John Berry in 2001 by nine-tenths of a second. Max Heinze was 15th in the consolation finals in 44.88.
Sarah Watson took third in the women’s 200 Back in 1:58.22, breaking her own school record. In the men’s event, Nelson Silva was sixth in 1:47.82, just missing out on another school record.
In the 200 men’s Breast, Razvan Goga placed 15th in 2:05.95 in the consolation finals.
The women’s 400 Free Relay team of Ksenia Gromova, Megan Young, Sarah Watson and Trina May took fifth in 3:25.71 to shatter the school record by nearly four seconds. The men’s team of Heinze, Hal Eubanks, Daniel Karkoska and Badalac also finished fifth in 2:57.66, also breaking a school record.
by Brian Howard