2017-18 Men's Swimming
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Left to Right: Felipe Aguilar; Francisco Santos; Taylor Nielsen; Raichel DeFreitas; and Collin Bennett -- all NAIA National Q
Men's Swimming - Sat, Mar. 4, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Point University men's swimming team, coached by Kaymee Kelly, set four new school records at the 2017 NAIA National Swimming Championships, March 1-4, in the Columbus Aquatics Center in Columbus, Ga.  Point scored no points and finished out of the top 20 in the team standings.


The Skyhawks set 14 school records during the season and qualified five student-athletes for the NAIA National meet.  Felipe Aguilar (JR/Bogota, Colombia) and Francisco Santos (SO/Bogota, Colombia) both swam in the 1650-yard freestyle finals on the final day and finished 21st and 27th respectively.


Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) won the men's team championship with 658.5 points, well ahead of second-place SCAD-Savannah with 443.  Keiser University (Fla.) placed third with 397, and University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) finished fourth with 321.5.  Lindenwood University-Belleville (Ill.) rounded out the top five with 298, and sixth-place Wayland Baptist University (Tex.) placed sixth with 265.  Point scored no team points.


DAY ONE, March 1:  Point's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Santos, Aguilar, Taylor Nielsen (FR/Columbus, GA) and Raichel DeFreitas (FR/Willemstad, Curacao) set a new school record of 7:24.30 and placed 18th in a preliminary heat of the event.


DAY TWO, March 2:  The men's 200-yard freestyle relay squad of DeFreitas, Nielsen, Santos and Aguilar just missed a school record and placed 22nd in a preliminary heat with a time of 1:33.81, just 38-100ths of a second short of the record.  The 400-yard medley relay team of Nielsen, Aguilar, DeFreitas and Santos placed 22nd in a national preliminary heat with a time of 3:56.20, just 1.34 seconds short of the school record.


DAY THREE, March 3:  The men's 200-yard medley relay team of Collin Bennett (FR/Newnan, GA), Aguilar, DeFreitas and Nielsen combined for a new school record of 1:46.76 and placed 22nd in the prelims.


Aguilar, who holds four school records in individual events, also set a new school record of 4:23.58 and placed 18th in the preliminary of the 400-yard individual medley.  DeFreitas finished 23rd in the preliminary heat of the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:05.22.  He also eclipsed his own school record in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 52.76 seconds and placed 28th in the prelims.  Nielsen swam his preliminary race in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:51.48 and placed 44th.


DAY FOUR, March 4:  Aguilar placed 21st in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:02.84, just over one second behind his own school record, and Santos placed 27th with a time of 17:39.83.  DeFreitas swam a time of 2:05.22 and placed 23rd in a preliminary heat of the 200-yard butterfly event.


The men's 400-yard freestyle team of DeFreitas, Nielsen, Santos and Aguilar just missed a school record by 79/100ths of a second and placed 20th in the preliminaries with a time of 3:24.61.