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Swim teams close regular season at Edmond Ice Breaker Meet

In preparation for their first appearance at the Rocky Mountain Conference Championships, the Oklahoma Christian University swim teams recorded 26 top-10 finishes at the Edmond Ice Breaker Meet Jan. 27-28.

The meet marks the final competitive swim meet of the regular season for Oklahoma Christian.

Opening the first day of competition, freshman Noah Woollweever placed sixth out of 102 competitors in the 100 freestyle, swimming the race in 48.4 seconds, and finished 12th out of 95 in the 50 freestyle.

Freshman Carter Shelton missed the top 10 by one place, recording an 11th place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.87 seconds.

Coming in at fifth place for the Eagles, freshman Andrew Assaleh swam the 200 backstroke in 2:15.57, just .06 seconds from breaking his own school record.

Two Eagles finished in the top 10 in the 100 butterfly, freshman Kurt Gscheidle placed seventh in 53.91 seconds and freshman Daniel Rutledge rounded out the Eagles at 10th in 55.76 seconds.

Closing out the first day of competition for Oklahoma Christian, freshman Ian Galindo swam the 200 backstroke in 2:05.08 to record a 10th place finish.

During the second day of the meet for the Eagles, Woollweever broke an Oklahoma Christian school record in the 200 butterfly. He finished second out of 24 swimmers in record time, 2:01.50.

Three more Eagles also placed in the top 10 in the 200 butterfly. Rutledge finished fifth just two seconds behind Woollweever in 2:03.98. Gscheidle placed ninth and freshman Ruger Stocking took 10th.

In the 100 backstroke, Oklahoma Christian finished second, fourth and eighth out of 75 swimmers. Galindo took second with a time of 58.03 seconds, Shelton placed fourth and freshman Luke Ward swam an eighth place finish.

Two swimmers for Oklahoma Christian freshmen, Caleb Brown and Nathan Anderson, took third and ninth place in the 100 breaststroke.

In the 200 individual medley, Assaleh placed third in 2:05.46 followed by freshman Caine Brogan in eighth place with a time of 2:14.17.

Closing the meet for the Eagles, three Oklahoma Christian swimmers placed in the top 10 in the 500 freestyle. Freshmen Micah Young took third, Zachary Taylor placed fifth and Jalum Goodman finished sixth.

The Lady Eagles swam their way into the top 10 five times during the first day of competition Jan. 27.

Freshman Jamie McGarringle placed sixth out of 100 competitors in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.86 seconds.

Another freshman, Hanna Forbat, also recorded a sixth place finish in 1:01.14 for the 100 butterfly. Freshman Hailey Webster placed eighth, behind Forbat by one second.

In the 100 freestyle, Webster again took eighth finishing in 56.49 seconds.

Recording the third eighth place finish of the day for the Lady Eagles, freshman Heidi Fritscher swam the 400 individual medley in 4:59.01.

In the second day of competition, the Lady Eagles wrapped up their regular season with one fourth place finish and two seventh place victories.

Fritscher swam a 1:14.77 in the 100 breaststroke to place fourth out of 59 swimmers and finished seventh in the 100 backstroke.

Freshman Cassidy Young became the last Lady Eagle of the meet to record a top 10 placement when she recorded a seventh place finish in the 500 freestyle.

Oklahoma Christian will dive into the pool for competition at the Rocky Mountain Conference Championships Feb. 14-17 in Lewisville, TX.

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