CLEVELAND, Miss., December 24. THE Ouachita TigerSharks and Lady TigerSharks each finished third in their respective meets in the Delta State Invitational, but the big news of the weekend was the performance of several of the swimmers as far as NCAA Championship cuts go.
The Lady TigerSharks posted 23 NCAA cut times with 10 of those being A-cut times and 13 of them fast enough for a B-cut. The TigerSharks posted 22 NCAA cut times with nine of those being A-cut times and 13 being B-cut times.
Not only did Ouachita post numerous qualifying times, but 15 school records were broken between the men and the women.
"On the men's side, we got all of our relays qualified for the National Championships and that's what we have tried to do," said Ouachita assistant coach Phillip Davis. "Last year was the first time we had qualified a single relay for nationals and a year later we have all five of the relays qualified. It was a fast weekend and we swam well."
Freshman Sarah Watson was a part of all four of the school record and A-cut events on Saturday. Watson broke her own school record in the 200 IM and the 100 back and was a part of the 200 free relay with Annalisa Lubinski, Kate Patterson and Lauren Vickroy and the 400 medley relay with Jenny Rocchio, Brittany Norton and Lubinski.
The 200 medley relay team (Watson, Rocchio, Norton and Patterson) and the 800 free relay team (Watson, Lubinski, Catherine Engibous, and Vickroy) also posted A-cuts and broke existing school records. Watson (100 fly) and Rocchio (100 breast) also added to the list of new school records on Sunday.
Among the highlights for the men were school records for freshmen Marco Ferraro (500 free) and Vicente Condorelli (1650 Free) in individual events.
The TigerSharks and Lady TigerSharks will take a break for Christmas before resuming their training following the beginning of the new year. Ouachita's next meet will be on January 7 when it faces the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida.