2017-18 Men's Swimming
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A.J. Ayres (left) and Raichel DeFreitas (right) led Point men's swimming to a second-place finish at the Emmanuel Invitationa
Men's Swimming - Sat, Oct. 7, 2017

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Point University women's swimming team, coached by Kaymee Kelly, defeated four of its five dual-meet opponents and recorded one NAIA cut in its first competition of the season, Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Emmanuel College Fall Invitational in Franklin Springs, Ga.


Point defeated Bethel University (Tenn.), 102-67; King College (Tenn.), 89-83; LaGrange College (Ga.), 113-46; and Life University (Ga.), 120-28; and lost 172-32 to the hosts from Emmanuel College.  Point finished second among the six schools in the competition with its 4-1 record.  Emmanuel went 5-0 for top honors, and King placed third with 3 wins.


The Skyhawks' 200-yard freestyle relay team qualified in their season debut for the NAIA National Championships in Columbus, Ga., in March, 2018, with a time of 1:35.17, good for a fourth-place finish.  Sophomore Raichel DeFreitas (Willemstad, Curacao) led off for Point and was followed by junior Francisco Santos (Bogota, Colombia) and junior Felipe Aguilar (Bogota, Colombia), and freshman A.J. Ayres (Lake Mary, FL) anchored the squad.


DeFreitas also placed third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.07 seconds and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.28 seconds.  In his collegiate debut, Ayres placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.32 seconds and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.13.  Aguilar also placed fourth in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:00.61 and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:22.61.


Santos also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:13.74 and finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.95.


Sophomore Collin Bennett (Newnan, GA) led off Point's 200-yard medley relay effort at the start of the meet and was followed by freshmen Kamal Pearson (Boston, MA) and Wyatt Wood (LaGrange, GA) and sophomore anchorman Charlie Donnelly (Newnan, GA).  The foursome finished fifth in the relay with a time of 1:56.35.


 Bennett also placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.80 and eighth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:27.20, just behind Pearson's seventh-place finish with a time of 2:26.57.  Pearson also placed in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.33. 


Donnelly placed seventh in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 13:44.69 and eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:18.23.  Wood swam a time of 1:02.83 in the 100-yard freestyle and placed 11th.


NEXT COMPETITION:  Point swims next at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.