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Swimming: LWC Men finish 6th, Women 12th, at NAIA Nationals

Columbus, GA - The Lindsey Wilson men's and women's swim teams concluded their 2022-23 season on Saturday at the Columbus Aquatics Center in the final leg of competition at the NAIA National Championships.

When the water settled, the men found themselves matched with their final finish from a season ago, ending in sixth place with a team score of 228 points. The women's team grabbed two more individual All-American honors and finished in 12th place overall with 110 team points.

Fabio Martin headlined a trio of All-American recipients for the locals on the day with a school-record-breaking performance of 15:51.46 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, earning him fourth place and his third individual All-American accolade of the week.

Then, in the 200-yard backstroke, Will Thilwind added to his event success with an eighth-place effort of 1:51.37.

The local's final All-American distinction of the week came in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the foursome of Tyler King, Jose Angel Rivas, Max van Schagen, and James de Goede went on to place seventh with a time of 3:04.25. All told, each of the Blue Raiders' five relays garnered All-American status during the week.

Van Schagen and Daniel Wytwer also competed as individuals for Lindsey Wilson during the evening session of competition, participating in their respective "B" finals, with van Schagen posting a time of 46.43 in the 100-yard freestyle and Wytwer turning in a mark of 1:54.85 in the 200-yard freestyle.

Elsewhere for the Blue Raiders, Azahn Hicks swam a time of 1:55.48 in the 200 backstroke, de Goede and King finished with times of 47.06 and 47.34, respectively in the 100 freestyle, Rivas closed his individual stay with a mark of 2:07.81 in the 200 breaststroke, Chase Hickman turned in a 1:57.06 in the 200 butterfly, and Malte Ahrens fell in one spot shy of All-American status in the 1,650 freestyle with a final time of 16:16.35.

Azalia Gabdrakipova garnered the first top-eight placement of the day as she turned in a time of 2:04.24 in the 200-yard backstroke to secure sixth place and her first All-American accolade of the week. Then, later in the evening session, Allie Rutherford swam a time of 2:06.16 in the 200-yard butterfly, just 0.10 seconds off the school record, to earn her a second-straight All-American distinction in the event.

During the morning session of swimming, Natascha Evrinoff posted a mark of 55.17 in the 100-yard freestyle, Sara Motyl ended with a time of 2:30.60 in the 200-yard breaststroke, and Jordyn Minifie swam a 2:18.35 in the 200 butterfly, before the grouping of Gabdrakipova, Minifie, Rutherford, and Evrinoff recorded a time of 3:38.61 in the 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the week.

This story was posted on 2023-03-05 10:32:26
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