The Oklahoma Baptist University swimming and diving teams continued to do well during the NAIA Championships at the Oklahoma City Community College Natatorium.
The Bison have eight total national championships, including six on Thursday, and national meet records in the men’s 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 26.83 seconds) and men’s 50-yard freestyle by Logan Lassley in 19.71 seconds.
OBU’s 200-yard medley women’s relay won the title in 1:41.65; defending national champion Laura Galarza triumphed in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.86 seconds; the Bison won the 800-yard women’s freestyle relay in 7:38.21; and Jarod Haynes clinched the men’s 1-meter dive with a 183.30 score.
In action late Wednesday night, Mark Pontier and Kristen Brimage gave OBU its first and second individual national champions of the meet. Pontier won the men’s 3-meter diving crown with a 192.55. Brimage defended her national title in the 1-meter dive with a 248.85.
Both the OBU men’s and women’s teams top the team standings going into Friday’s rounds.
The NAIA chose Campbellsville (Ky.) as its Champions of Character Team Award for men’s and women’s swimming. The award goes to athletic programs that show character, servant leadership and service to others.
The Tigers’ season resume was long, but their deeds included planned trips Tuesday to visit with Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary school students in tornado-ravaged Moore. But the trips were canceled due to winter weather closing the Moore schools — and the Campbellsville bus getting stuck on icy Interstate 40 in Arkansas. Campbellsville swimmers, who were stuck in the traffic jam for 42 hours, gave away snacks and bottled water to the University of Cumberlands (Ky.) swim team, which was on a bus in front of them. The Tigers also offered the use of restrooms on their bus to stuck motorists.
From Staff Reports