With 49 athletes qualified, the Oklahoma Baptist University swimming and diving teams have the depth issue conquered for this week’s NAIA National Championship at OCCC, but health is a different issue.


With 49 athletes qualified, the Oklahoma Baptist University swimming and diving teams have the depth issue conquered for this week’s NAIA National Championship at OCCC, but health is a different issue.

The 49 entrants are 13 more than the next-best represented school in the field.

The Bison and Lady Bison must overcome broken bones, meningitis and lesser illness and injuries to place as highly as their ranking would suggest. The OBU men are ranked second and the Lady Bison are third in the coaches’ poll.

OBU is well represented in diving with the top scorers in the nation coming into the meet. Dennis Noyles is ranked No. 1 in both one- and three-meter. Victoria Svetgoff is ranked No. 1 in women’s three-meter and second behind OBU’s Tara DeWall in one-meter.

While with the setbacks, OBU is not the favorite in any of the swimming events, they are expected to have multiple scorers in several. Swimming scores the top 16 places in each event.

The action begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. with 3-meter diving preliminaries and finals.