(Columbus, Ga.) The Loyola University New Orleans swim team embarked on the Columbus Aquatic Center for the final time on Saturday afternoon to wrap up action at the NAIA Swimming & Diving Championships held in Columbus, Ga.
After spending its first two days in 16th place, the Wolf Pack women’s team jumped two spots on Saturday to finish the championship in 14th (76 points), while the men’s team left Georgia in 15th place (47 points) in the program’s first-ever national championship appearance.
Leading from start to finish, Olivet Nazarene University claimed the national title on both sides of the standings, taking the women’s crown with 639 points and the men’s title with 658.5 total points.
Nina Mantich (FR/Whiting, Ind.) got the scoring started for the Wolf Pack in the 200 back by grabbing ninth with a time of 2:07.80 to earn nine points for the Loyola women’s squad.
On the men’s side, Jon Tarpey (FR/St. Charles, Ill.) collected four points for the Wolf Pack after taking 13th (1:53.86) in the 200 back before Warren Massimini (FR/Metairie, La.) took home a 24th place finish in the 100 free with a time of 47.23.
Tim Buisson (JR/Hattiesburg, Miss.) ended the 200 breast in 16th (2:09.70) to earn a point for the men’s side while Mallory Adair (FR/Franklin, Ind.) finished her final individual event with a 12th place finish (2:12.96) in the 200 fly.
In the 400 free relay, the Wolf Pack women’s squad just missed out on an “A-Final” finish. The group of Paige Carter (FR/Tampa, Fla.), Adair, Mantich, and Cameryn Simon (FR/Lafayette, La.) took home a ninth place finish after touching the wall in 3:37.84 to earn 18 total points in the event.
The quartet of Tarpey, Salvador James III (FR/Mandeville, La.), Massimini and Cole Moreno (FR/Miami, Fla.) ended the championship by claiming 15th in the men’s 400 relay with a time of 3:12.41 to earn the team’s final four points of the day.