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LWC Swimming competes at NAIA National Championship

By Christopher Coombs

The Lindsey Wilson men's and women's swimming teams travel to Columbus, Georgia to compete at the NAIA Men and Women's Swimming National Championships at the Columbus Aquatic Center this Wednesday through Saturday, March 2-5, 2022.

Competing for the LWC men's team will be Malte Ahrens, Tyler Buffel, James de Goede, Chase Hickman, Reece Kincaid, Tyler King, Fabio Martin, Bryce Rice, Will Thilwind, and Siaka Weidenbaum each qualified for the championship. For the women, Maaike Broersma, Natascha Evrinoff, Jaye Farthing, Annissa Koekemoer, Maria Paula Escandon Lopez, Allie Rutherford, Savannah Schoeman, Julia Secanell, and Carlene Taylor will compete.

Day one of the national tournament begins at 4pmCT with the 800-yard freestyle relay finals being the only event scheduled for the day. Both the men and women are seeded seventh in the event.

Competition on Thursday through Saturday begins at 8amCT for the preliminaries, followed by the finals which are contested starting at 4pmCT each day.

Day two kicks off with the 200-yard freestyle relay which the women qualified for in sixth and the men in ninth. In the 500-yard freestyle Farthing qualified 30th for the women while Martin sits in sixth and Ahrens is 18th. Rutherford is 26th in the women's 200-yard IM while De Goede is 12th and Kincaid is 30th for the men.

The next event is the 50-yard freestyle where Broersma (5th), Taylor (29th), and Koekemoer (41st). For the men, King (16th) and Hickman (39th) with compete. The second day closes out with the 400-yard medley relay where the women are seeded sixth and the men ninth.

The third day will see the 200-yard medley relay which the women sit fourth and the men eighth. Next up is the 400-yard IM where Schoeman (21st) competes for the women and Kincaid (14th) competes for the men. In the 100-yard Butterfly, Evrinoff (12th) and Rutherford (21st) compete while Weidenbaum (13th) and Hickman (20th) go for the men.

Three women in Taylor (19th), Evrinoff (33rd), and Farthing (34th) compete in the 200-yard freestyle as Martin (6th), Ahrens (23rd), and King (26th) hit the pool for the men. Lopez (14th) and Secanell (22nd) compete in the 100-yard breaststroke as Rice (23rd) and Buffell (30th) see action for the men.

Day three closes out with the 100-yard backstroke where top-seeded Broersma competes for the women as Koekemoer (27th) also competes. Thilwind is fifth on the men's side as De Goede is ninth.

The final day kicks off with action in the 1,650-yard freestyle where Martin is seeded second for the men as Ahrens is 11th while Farthing sees action for the women in 20th.

Broersma headlines her second event of the championship in the 200-yard backstroke as Koekemoer (29th) also competes. Thilwind is seeded sixth on the men's side. Taylor (18th), Evrinoff (35th), and Schoeman (44th) take part in the 100-yard freestyle as De Goede (9th) and King (20th) also compete.

Lopez (12th) and Secanell (26th) take part in the 200-yard breaststroke as Buffell (22nd) goes for the men. Rutherford (7th) for the women and Weidenbaum (14th), Kincaid (20th), and Hickman (23rd) close out the individual competition in the 200-yard butterfly.

The final event is the 400-yard freestyle relay where the women are seeded fifth and the men eighth.

The Blue Raiders last competed at the Mid-South Conference Championships on Feb. 6-8. The men's team placed second only behind Cumberlands (Ky.), while the women's team placed fourth in conference championships.

The women's team is ranked eighth in the NAIA Coaches' Top 10 Poll, while the men's side dropped out of the top-10 for the first time this season in the final regular-season poll.

Live results are available, while video is available for a cost of $9.95.

The Blue Raiders are set to compete at 9amCT on Wednesday, March 2nd at the Columbus Aquatic Center.

This story was posted on 2022-03-01 17:42:13
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