2016-17 Men's Swimming
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Left to Right: Francisco Santos,Taylor Nielsen, Felipe Aguilar, and Raichel DeFreitas
Men's Swimming - Sun, Feb. 12, 2017

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Point University men's swimming team placed fifth among six schools at the 2017 Appalachian Athletics Conference Swimming and Diving Championships held Feb. 9-11, at the Kingsport Aquatics Center in Kingsport, Tenn.


West Virginia Tech, which is tied for the number five ranking in the NAIA National Coaches' Top Ten, won the men's conference title with 633 points, and number 10-ranked Asbury University (Ky.) placed second with 609 points.  St. Andrews University (N.C.) finished third with 556, and Union College (Ky.) placed fourth with 461.  Point totaled 303 points for fifth place, and Milligan College (Tenn.) totaled 295 points for sixth place.


Juan Patino from St. Andrews won Swimming of the Meet honors, and David Dent, head coach of the West Virginia Tech squad, was voted AAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.


Collin Bennett (FR/Newnan, GA), Felipe Aguilar (JR/Newnan, GA), Raichel DeFreitas (FR/Willemstad, Curacao) and Taylor Nielsen (FR/Columbus, GA) combined in the 200-yard medley relay and finished sixth with a school-record and season-best time of 1:47.73, which also is an automatic NAIA National Championship qualifying time.


Nielsen, Aguilar, Francisco Santos (SO/Bogota, Colombia) and DeFreitas teamed together for a fifth-place finish with a school-record time of 7:30.57, and established another NAIA qualifying cut.  Aguilar, Nielsen, DeFreitas and Santos later set another school record and NAIA qualifying cut of 1:33.43 and placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.


Nielsen, Aguilar, DeFreitas and Santos set Point's fourth school relay record of the conference meet with a time of 3:54.86 and finished sixth in the 400-yard medley relay.  The new record is 13.66 seconds better than the old record and is an NAIA automatic qualifying time.


In the final event of the meet on Saturday, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Nielsen, DeFreitas, Santos and Aguilar, missed an NAIA automatic cut by less than one second and placed sixth with a time of 3:30.01, Point's second-best time of the season in the relay event.


Nielsen later added a school record and NAIA qualifying cut of 4:45.92 and placed ninth in the 400-yard individual medley and swam a school record time of 2:09.44 and placed seventh in the 200-yard backstroke.  Nielsen's record time was 19.45 seconds better than the previous record.


DeFreitas, who already holds the school record and an NAIA automatic qualifying time of 52.79 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, placed eighth in the conference in the 100 fly with a time of 54.08 seconds.  He also placed sixth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:07.32, the third-best time of the season for a Point swimmer.


Aguilar placed second in the men's 1650-yard freestyle event with a time of 17:16.48 and automatically qualified for the NAIA National Championships.  Aguilar also swam the team's second-best time of the season of 2:03.94 in the preliminary heat of the 200-yard butterfly and placed eighth with a finals time of 2:15.50.


Santos also finished fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with a personal best time of 5:01.23, the second-best time on the team this season, and placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle with a personal season-best time of 1:51.49.


Charlie Donnelly (FR/Newnan, GA) also set a school record and season-best time of 1:13.17 and finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke, and finished tenth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 20:38.45 and 12th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a finals time of 2:45.02.  Bennett established a new school record and season-best time of 1:03.01 and finished 12th in the 100-yard backstroke.  He also placed tenth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:16.59 in the finals.


Jelani Hall (FR/Lithonia, GA) placed 16th in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:01.56, his season-best, and also placed 14th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:31.46.


NEXT MEET:  Point University men's swimming, coached by Kaymee Kelly, is preparing for the NAIA National Swimming Championships, March 1-4, in the Columbus Aquatics Center in Columbus, Ga.