Eagles Top 10 With One Day Left at Nationals
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Asbury’s women are 8th and the men are 9th heading into the final day of competition at the NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championship. The event is being held at Oklahoma City Community College.
Three more school records were set on the second day of swimming action as Cody Barnes was part of all three records. The sophomore set the school mark in the 100-yard breaststroke in the morning prelims with a 58.39. He followed that up with a 58.60 in finals and finished 14th. Barnes also set the school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a leadoff 21.17 split in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The relay team including Jake Courey, Tyler Decker and Jimmy Hall finished 9th with a time of 1:25.73.
The men’s 400-yard medley relay team also set a new school record, as Trevor Ehrenheim, Barnes, Graham Duncan and Courey swam a 3:29.05 and finished 7th, the best finish of the meet for the Eagles so far. The women’s 400-yard medley relay team made the A-final, the first women’s even for the Eagles in the meet, and finished 8th as Katie Duncan, Rebecca Landry, Claire Houlton and Ranay Ray finished with a time of 4:08.74.
Asbury’s depth helped them secure points in the evening finals, as the women had three swim in the B-final of the 100-yard backstroke. Duncan finished 12th in that event with a time of 1:00.91 followed by Ray in 15th (1:01.69) and Houlton in 16th (1:02.30). The women also had two in the 400-yard IM B-final as Kayley Valentien finished 10th with a time of 4:44.22 right in front of Ray who took 11th (4:45.25). The women’s 200-yard free relay took 9th as Houlton, Ruth Klein, Ray and Duncan combined to finish in 1:41.87.
The men also were able to place two in the B-final of the 400-yard IM, as Daniel Bowman swam a 4:09.19 and finished 14th. Ehrenheim finished just a spot behind him with a time of 4:10.82. In the 200-yard freestyle Graham Duncan finished 10th with a time of 1:42.19.
The competition commences on Saturday with another round of prelims at 11 a.m. eastern and finals at 7 p.m. eastern.