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SCAD Takes Lead After Day 1 at NAIA Championships

The 2017 NAIA Swimming and Diving competition got underway Wednesday morning at the Columbus Aquatic Center with the 800 free relay.  Defending NAIA Champion SCAD Savannah won the lone event of the day to sit atop the team standings.

The Bees’ team of Julie Woody, Julie Henninger, Rebecca Justus, and Abigail Richey teamed up to swim 7:29.82.  The win earned SCAD 40 points, which puts the Bees in first place.

Olivet Nazarene earned 34 points for a second place finish.  Andrea Vega, Amanda Moran, Deirdre Gerke and Tiffany Ray teamed up to swim 7:35.45.  Biola sits in third place with 32 points, while Brenau is in fourth place with 30 points.

The NAIA Championships will continue Thursday, March 2, with the second day of competition. Prelims will begin at 9 a.m., while finals will start at 5 p.m.

The 2017 NAIA Swimming and Diving competition got underway Wednesday morning at the Columbus Aquatic Center with the 800 free relay.  SCAD Savannah won the lone event of the day to sit atop the team standings.

Last year’s NAIA Swimmer of the Year, Joel Ax, anchored the Bees team, which erased a four second gap on the last leg.  Ax, Ryan Sweat, Josh Smilie, and Joel Thatcher swam 6:36.53 to win the event and earn 40 points.

Olivet Nazarene earned 34 points for a second place finish.  Charles Bennett, Joshua Bouma Vladislav Khoroletc and Daiil Kuzmin teamed up to swim 6:38.44.  Keiser sits in third place with 32 points, while Lindenwood-Belleville is in fourth place with 30 points.

The NAIA Championships will continue Thursday, March 2, with the second day of competition. Prelims will begin at 9 a.m., while finals will start at 5 p.m.  

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