OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 1. THE first day of swimming, and second day overall, at the National Association of Interscholastic Athletics Championships featured a heavy rewrite of the organizations record books. Meanwhile, Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman was a part of three NAIA records, including twice lowering an individual mark.
In the team title race, the Fresno Pacific women led by a wide margin with 263 points. Oklahoma Baptist stood second with 196 points, while Concordia (119), SCAD (117) and Azusa Pacific (108) finished third through fifth.
The Oklahoma Baptist men held a slim 249-244 lead over Fresno Pacific. Concordia (194), SCAD (115) and Illinois Tech (106) rounded out the top five.
Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman twice lowered her own NAIA record in the women's 50 free. During prelims, she raced to a 22.50, downing her 2010 effort of 22.90. She then won the splash-and-dash in 22.29 during the night. Union's Renata Cabral placed second in 23.53, while SCAD's Catherine Duquet finished third in 23.58.
Video of Coffman's 50 free win
After nearly beating the NAIA record during prelims with a 19.93, FPU's Marko Tanasovki posted a 20.01 to win the men's 50 free. Russell Thompson's 19.90 from 2007 remained standing. Ivan Maciuniak and Mateo Macuniak of OBU tied for second with matching 20.43s.
Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman, Lauren Malthaner, Kendall Swanson and Katelyn Brown joined a trio of schools to break the NAIA record in the women's 200 medley relay. The Sunbirds clocked in at 1:41.40, bettering the 1:44.30 set by SCAD last year. SCAD took second in 1:43.18, while Oklahoma Baptist finished third in 1:43.82.
FPU's Guy Kosov, Marko Tanasovski, Damien Bernard and Paul-Bernard Marie-Rose clipped the NAIA standard in the men's 200 medley relay with a 1:28.76. That swim eclipsed the 1:28.90 clocked by Fresno Pacific a year ago. SCAD (1:31.49) and Concordia (1:32.03) placed second and third.
OBU's Nicole Wilson captured the women's 500 freestyle title in 4:56.90, while FPU's Brooke Turner also cleared 5:00 with a second-place 4:59.64. Concordia's Alex Peters earned third in 5:02.56.
SCAD's Alex Graudins picked off the third NAIA record of the night by bettering his own mark in the men's 500 free. Graudins charted a 4:24.63, under his 2011 standard of 4:25.32. FPU's Bobby Yribarren (4:29.51) and Dan Wilson (4:31.48) earned second and third.
FPU's Stacy Carter (2:05.04) and Kendall Swanson (2:05.47) went 1-2 in the women's 200 IM. Brenau's Hannah Boudreaux snared third in 2:06.41. FPU's Jordan Litz tracked down the men's 200 IM title in 1:49.35. OBU's Nick Schuttinger (1:49.85) and Gilles Cantrelle (1:51.27) completed the podium.
FPU's Cheyenne Coffman, Brooke Turner, Sofie Gjemmestad and Stacy Carter captured the women's 800 free relay in an NAIA record of 7:26.93. That crushed the 7:33.75 set by Cal Baptist back in 2011. OBU finished second in 7:31.32 under the old record, while Concordia placed third in 7:41.64.
OBU's Javier Sossa, Gilles Cantrelle, Andrew Nelson and Nick Schuttinger edged the NAIA record in the men's 800 free relay with a 6:39.17. That swim erased the 6:39.60 set by Fresno Pacific in 2011. Concordia took second in 6:42.80, while FPU picked up third in 6:45.31.
In diving, Illinois Tech's Ian McNair won the men's one-meter with 326.85 points. Concordia's Christopher Salgado (314.55) and Jose Bahena (283.70) finished second and third.