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LWC Swimming to compete at NAIA National Championships

By Matt Wurzburger

Lindsey Wilson College men's and women's swimming sends 14 competitors to the Columbus Aquatic Center, 1603 Midtown Dr, Columbus, GA, for the 2017 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships.

In total, the Blue Raiders received entries into 46 events spanning the men's and women's individual and relay events.

Lindsey Wilson last competed at the Mid-South Conference Championships Feb. 2-4. The Blue Raider women finished as runners up, and the men posted a third-place finish at the conference event.

The Blue Raider men's team enters Wednesday ranked No. 9. LWC women's swimming is currently ranked No. 7.

Day one of nationals begins on Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT. The only scheduled event is the finals of the 800-yard freestyle relay. Both the men's and women's teams are competing in the relay, and both relay teams are seeded fifth in their respective events.

Competition on Thursday through Saturday begins at 8 a.m. CT each day with preliminary races. Finals are contested later in the day, beginning at 4 p.m. CT.

Lindsey Wilson is represented across both genders in both the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay on Thursday. The Blue Raider women's 400-yard medley relay team is seeded fifth in its event.

A pair of Blue Raiders are seeded in the top 10 in the 200-yard individual medley. Ines Khiyara is seeded eighth in the women's race, while Clemens Paetzold is the fifth seed on the men's side.

Two Lindsey Wilson swimmers - Ronni Borders and Jessica Macdonald - are inside the top 10 seeds in the 50-yard freestyle.

On Friday, Borders looks to defend her title in the 100-yard breaststroke. She enters the event seeded third. Jonas Mueller is the eighth seed in the men's 100-yard breaststroke.

Macdonald enters Friday's 200-yard freestyle as the event's second seed. Khiyara is seeded fourth in the 400-yard individual medley.

On the men's side, Paetzold is the highest-seeded Blue Raider on day three. The sophomore from Ratzeburg, Germany is the fifth seed in the men's 100-yard backstroke.

The final day of swimming begins with the 1,650-yard freestyle finals. Emily Wood is seeded eighth in the women's event and Jose Prado de Lima is the 10th seed in the men's race.

Four Blue Raiders are entered in the 100-yard freestyle. Macdonald is seeded third in the women's race. Also competing in the event are Bailey Seitz, Iker Larzabal and Zachary Patzer.

Three swimmers are seeded inside the top six in the 200-yard breaststroke. Khiyara headlines the list as the third seed in the women's race. Three spots behind her is teammate Borders. Mueller is the fifth seed in the men's race.

Events conclude with the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Blue Raider women enter the event seeded third, while the men's team is the sixth seed.

The Blue Raider men turned in an eighth-place finish with 195 team points at the 2016 national championships. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) captured the national title with 714.5 total points.

Lindsey Wilson's women's team placed sixth last year with 225 points. SCAD Savannah (Ga.) won the team competition with 753 points.

Live results are available across all four days of competition. Video is available for $9.95. The NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships begin tomorrow at 10amCT.

This story was posted on 2017-02-28 13:04:44
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