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Ronni Borders, LWC swimmer, claims second All-American honor

Lindsey Wilson Women's Swimming finishes program-best fifth at NAIA National ChampionshipsM
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By Charles Balcom
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBUS, GA - Ronni Borders claimed NAIA All-American honors for the second-straight night as the Lindsey Wilson women's swim team finished in a program-best fifth place at the 2017 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships held at the Columbus Aquatic Center on Saturday.


After earning All-American honors with a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday, Borders became the first three-time All-American in program history after capturing third place in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday. The sophomore swam a 2:23.36 in the prelims to qualify third, while teammate Ines Khiyara swam a 2:25.60 to join her in the championship finals with the sixth-fastest time. In the title race, Borders trimmed nearly four seconds off her qualifying time to record a program-best 2:19.83 and secure third place for her third-career All-American honor. Khiyara also trimmed her time in the finals, cutting it to a 2:24.29 and moving up one spot to finish fifth in the event.

As a team, the Blue Raiders racked up 257 team points for the best finish in program history, surpassing the sixth-place finish from a season ago. Lindsey Wilson finished just seven points behind fourth-place Brenau (Ga.).

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Borders, Bailey Seitz, Khiyara and Jessica Macdonald qualified for the finals during the morning prelims with a time of 3:37.91. The qualification of the finals meant that all five women's relay teams, along with all five Blue Raider men's relay teams, advanced to the championship race for the first time in program history. In the finals, the women's quartet trimmed that time to 3:35.47 to capture fifth place.

Emily Wood got the Blue Raiders out to a top-10 individual finish to start the evening finals with a sixth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Her time of 18:04.29 seconds was good enough for a new program record.

Macdonald followed with a top-five finish in the 100-yard freestyle. She qualified sixth for the event after her morning prelim time of 52.93 seconds. Macdonald trimmed that down to a 52.55 to capture fifth place in the championship finals, finishing just 0.15 seconds behind the fourth-place swimmer. Seitz also swam in the 100 free, finishing in 30th place in the prelims.

Olivet Nazarene (IL) took home the team title with 639 points, edging out second-place SCAD Savannah (GA) at 632.5 points. Biola (CA) took third with 343 points.



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