National Association of Interscholastic Athletics: Cheyenne Coffman Continues To Shine

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 2. ON the penultimate night of competition at the National Association of Interscholastic Athletics Championships, Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman kept on rolling with three more NAIA marks falling with her help.

Oklahoma Baptist's men lead after the night with 517 points. Fresno Pacific stood second with 498 points. Concordia (414.5), SCAD (257) and Illinois Tech (173) rounded out the top five. The Fresno Pacific women kept piling on with 561 for the women's team race. OBU stood second with 428 points, while SCAD held third with 312. Concordia (268) and Azusa Pacific (244) owned fourth and fifth moving into the final day tomorrow.

Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman, Sofie Gjemmestad, Michelle Moreno and Katelyn Brown started off Friday's session with an NAIA record 1:32.90 in the women's 200 free relay. That swim smashed the long-standing 1995 record of 1:35.18 set by Simon Fraser. Oklahoma Baptist placed second in 1:34.85, also under the former record, while SCAD earned third in 1:35.87.

After lowering the NAIA record of 1:22.33 set by Simon Fraser in 2005 during prelims with a 1:21.43, Oklahoma Baptist's Nick Schuttinger, Mateo Maciuniak, Logan Lassley and Ivan Maciuniak lowered the record even more with a winning 1:19.56 in the men's 200 free relay. Fresno Pacific took second in 1:20.12, also under the record, while SCAD picked up third overall in 1:23.37.

Oklahoma Baptist's Nicole Wilson dominated the women's 400 IM finale with a 4:25.38 for the win. Brenau's Hannah Boudreaux claimed second in 4:28.55, while FPU's Stacy Carter wound up third in 4:28.71. FPU's Jordan Litz snagged the men's 400 IM title in 3:55.24. OBU's Gilles Cantrelle (3:59.01) and Maximiliano Abreu (4:00.89) completed the top three.

Biola's Christine Tixier clipped the NAIA record in the women's 100 fly with a 54.60. That swim eclipsed the 54.96 set by Vicky Sui of Simon Fraser in 2008. Cumberlands' Charlotte Parent touched second in 55.47, while OBU's Laura Galarza took third in 56.53. OBU swept the top three spots in the men's 100 fly with Nick Schuttinger winning in an NAIA time of 47.46. That time bettered the 47.76 set by FPU's Carl Weigley last year. Daniel Ramirez (48.21) and Ivan Maciuniak (48.38) finished second and third.

FPU's Sofie Gjemmestad claimed the women's 200 free in 1:51.44, edging Concordia's Alex Peters (1:51.49), FPU's Brooke Turner placed third in 1:53.21. In a close finish, SCAD's Alex Graudins (1:37.77) bested FPU's Paul-Bernard Marie-Rose (1:37.81) and Concordia's Lawrence Oxborough (1:37.85) in the men's 200 free.

SCAD's Catherine Duquet dipped under the NAIA record in the women's 100 breast with a 1:02.09. That performance wiped out the 1:02.28 set by SCAD's Liz Roberts in 2011. FPU's Lauren Malthaner placed second in 1:02.88, while teammate Kendall Swanson picked up third in 1:03.77. FPU's Marko Tanasovski topped the men's 100 breast in 55.18, while OBU's Daniel Marsden took second in 55.73. Union's Vinicius Rossi wound up third in 55.97.

FPU's Cheyenne Coffman picked up another NAIA record with a 52.76 in the women's 100 back, smashing the previous standard of 54.66 set by Cal Baptist's Mary Hanson last year. SCAD's Kelsey Bobzien took second in 56.02, while FPU's Katelyn Brown touched third in 57.29. SCAD's Ryan Searles snared the men's 100 back title in 48.95. FPU's Guy Kosov took second in 49.83, while OBU's Daniel Ramirez placed third in 50.27.

FPU finished off the night in the women's competition with another NAIA record when Cheyenne Coffman, Lauren Malthaner, Michelle Moreno and Sofie Gjemmestad touched in 3:44.56 in the women's 400 medley relay. That swim bested the 3:48.78 set by SCAD last year. SCAD (3:48.98) and OBU (3:51.63) took second and third.

FPU's Guy Kosov, Marko Tanasovski, Damien Bernard and Paul-Bernard Marie-Rose crushed the NAIA record in the men's 400 medley relay with a 3:15.27. That time cut more than a second from the 3:16.49 set by Cal Baptist in 2009. OBU (3:18.87) and SCAD (3:19.44) took second and third.

In diving, Concordia's Christine Runkle won the women's three-meter with 287.05 points. OBU's Victoria Svetgoff (248.90) and APU's Kassandra Duncan (233.30) completed the podium.

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