2017-18 Men's Swimming
 
 
 
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Left to Right: Charlie Donnelly, Felipe Aguilar, Raichel DeFreitas and Taylor Nielsen
Men's Swimming - Sun, Dec. 4, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Point University men's swimming team finished in tenth place among 11 schools with 36 points at the Savannah College of Art and Design-Savannah Invitational, Dec. 1-3, in the Chatham County Aquatics Center in Savannah, Ga.  The Skyhawks swam seven new school relay records and 13 season-best times in the three-day event and recorded five NAIA automatic-qualifying cuts and seven NAIA bonus cuts.

 

The meet featured five nationally-ranked teams, including three of the top 10 teams in the current NAIA Men's Swimming Coaches' Top 25 poll – number two SCAD-Savannah, number three Keiser University (Fla.) and number nine Thomas University (Ga.).  Wingate University (N.C.), the team champion ranks number 10 in the NCAA Division II and Emory University (Ga.), which ranks number two in the NCAA Division III.

 

Wingate won the men's team title with 1021 points, well ahead of Keiser's total of 613.5 and Emory's total of 470.  The host school, SCAD-Savannah finished fourth with 399, and Catawba College (N.C.) placed fifth with 344.5.  Thomas placed sixth with 331.with 651.

 

Four Skyhawk relay teams set school records and season-best times and three of them also qualified for the NAIA National Championships, March 1-4, in Columbus, Ga.  Taylor Nielsen (FR/Columbus, GA), Felipe Aguilar (JR/Newnan, GA), Francisco Santos (SO/Bogota, Colombia), and Raichel DeFreitas (FR/Willemstad, Curacao) combined for a new school record and season-best time of 7:30.62 and placed 12th in the 800-yard freestyle relay, and also qualified for the NAIA Championships.  DeFreitas, Charlie Donnelly (FR/Newnan, GA), Aguilar and Nielsen placed 16th in the 200-yard freestyle relay with an NAIA-qualifying, school-record and season-best time of 1:34.39, and Nielsen, Bennett, Aguilar and DeFreitas combined to finish 13th in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:23.82, an NAIA cut and a new school record and season-best time.

 

Collin Bennett (FR/Newnan, GA), Aguilar, Nielsen and Donnelly combined for a season-best and school-record time of 1:52.40 and placed 18th in the 200-yard medley relay, the first event of the men's division.

 

Individually, DeFreitas placed 15th in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.05 after setting a school-record and season-best time of 52.79 in a preliminary heat, which also was an NAIA qualifying cut.  He also recorded a season-best and NAIA bonus cut of 2:03.03 with a 20th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly finals, 5.75 seconds faster than his preliminary swim, and recorded an NAIA bonus cut and season-best time of 22.45 seconds and placed 32nd in the 50-yard freestyle.  DeFreitas later swam a season-best time of 50.13 seconds and placed 33rd in the 100-yard freestyle.

 

Aguilar swam an NAIA qualifying time and season-best of 17:11.85 while placing 11th in the 1650-yard freestyle, and also placed 11th in a preliminary heat in the 400-yard individual medley with an NAIA bonus cut and school-record and season-best time of 4:29.22.  In an early event, Aguilar placed 22nd in the 500-yard freestyle with an NAIA bonus cut and season-best time of 4:57.72.

 

Nielsen swam a time of 1:50.65, an NAIA bonus cut and season-best time, in a 200-yard freestyle preliminary heat, and also placed 37th with a time of 50.63 in the 100-yard freestyle, and placed 45th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.52 seconds.  Santos also placed 13th in the 1650-yard freestyle with an NAIA bonus cut of 17:33.40; 25th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:06.94, and finished 24th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.61. 

 

Donnelly set a new school record and season-best time of 1:18.66 in a preliminary heat of the 100-yard breaststroke and placed 47th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.73 seconds, and 49th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.04 seconds.

 

NEXT MEET:  Point University men's swimming, coached by Kaymee Kelly, competes next at South Georgia State College in Douglas, Ga., Saturday, January 7, 2017.

 
 
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