Wolf Pack swimming wraps up day two at the NAIA National Championship on Thursday
(Columbus, Ga.) Following an opening day in which neither team competed, the Loyola University New Orleans swim team finally hit the pool at the Columbus Aquatic Center on Thursday afternoon for day two of the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championship held in Columbus, Georgia.
Through the first 16 events of the four-day championship, the Wolf Pack men’s team are in 15th place with 12 points while the women’s squad heads into tomorrow’s action in 16th place with 27 total points.
Heavy favorite Olivet Nazarene University leads in both standings, as the Tigers sit atop the men’s group with 221.5 points and lead the women’s field with a score of 245.
The quartet of Paige Carter (FR/Tampa, Fla.), Nina Mantich (FR/Whiting, Ind.), Mallory Adair (FR/Franklin, Ind.) and Cameryn Simon (FR/Lafayette, La.) got Loyola its first points of the day after taking 13th in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:40.48.
The group of Warren Massimini (FR/Metairie, La.), Salvador James III (FR/Mandeville, La.), Jon Tarpey (FR/St. Charles, Ill.) and Cole Moreno (FR/Miami, Fla.) followed with a 16th place finish in the men’s 200 relay (1:28.23) to earn the men’s squad its first points of the championship.
Individually, Carter was the only member of the Wolf Pack to compete in the 500 free, taking home 16th in 5:18.21.
Adair’s 11th place finish in the 200 IM was the highest for the women’s squad on Thursday as she touched the wall 2:11.17 to earn six points for her team.
On the men’s side, James also grabbed 11th in the 200 IM (1:54.64) while Tarpey finished 23rd (1:58.09) and Moreno (1:58.33) and Blaise Wise (FR/Luling , La.) (1:59.13) ended the event in 26th and 27th, respectively.
In the 50 free, Mantich touched the wall in 25.34 to take 28th place and Simon ended the event in 25.86 to claim 49th place.
In his only individual event of day two, Massimini took 27th in the 500 free with a time of 21.63.
The women’s squad wrapped up day two by grabbing 11th in the 400 medley relay, as the team of Mantich, Carter, Adair and Simon came together to complete the race in 4:04.71 to earn 12 points.
In the final event of the day, the team of Tarpey, Timothy Buisson, James and Massimini took 15th in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:32.14 to add four points to their team total.
Day three of the NAIA Championships kicks off tomorrow, March 3, with preliminary swims scheduled for 9:00 a.m. before finals get underway at 5:00 p.m.