GREENSBORO, N.C. – Oklahoma Baptist swam to a fifth place finish in their first-ever NCAA Division II Men's Swimming and Diving Championships with a strong final push Saturday.
OBU finished with 251 points to edge out Drury for fifth by a single point. Queens won with 558 points, followed by California Baptist at 307, Indianapolis at 300 and Florida Southern at 279. Thirty-five teams scored points in the four-day meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
"I think we just got tired," said OBU Coach Sam Freas. "But fifth is better than last. Our relay win Thursday and David (Lambert) winning the 50 free were special. And our diving – we don't even have a three-meter board – I was really proud of our divers."
Otto Lehtonen finished fourth in three-meter diving with a score of 528.95.
JP Goyetche finished 10th in the 100 free at 43.80 with David Lambert in 14th at 44.67. Andre del Rio was 35th in the events at 45.34.
Marti Penedes placed seventh in the 1650 freestyle in 15:28.22.
Fernando Morillas Ramos was eighth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:00.36.
Ryan Walker brought home the consolation final win for ninth place in the 400 free relay, anchoring for Goyetche, Lambert and del Rio. Their time was 2:56.62, which was better than all but three teams in the championship final. It was the final event of the meet and pushed the Bison past Drury by one point for fifth place.
"Some people might not notice that, but Ryan anchoring that team was special. If we had that time in the morning (prelims) we would have gotten third and probably fourth in the team standings."
Felipe Ramirez Zapata was 10th in the 200 backstroke at 1:45.80.
The meet started on Wednesday with Lambert becoming OBU's first NCAA national champion.
Lambert, who owns the NCAA Division II record at 19.17, just missed the meet record in the prelims at 19.21 and won the finals in 19.29 seconds. Lambert was at 9.99 seconds at the turn. Goyetche was third at 19.75 after being fourth at the turn. del Rio swam in the consolation final, placing 15th at 20.31 seconds. The Bison scored 38 points in the event. Davion Conley was 38th at 20.82 in the prelims.
OBU finished second in the 200 medley relay at 1:26.73 with Goyetche, Morillas Ramos, del Rio and Lambert.
Penedes placed 10th in the 1000 freestyle in 9:15.24.
Kristijan Stunkovic placed 37th in the 200 individual medley at 1:51.96.
On Thursday, OBU got its first NCAA relay championship.
Lambert, Chad Brandon, del Rio and Goyetche swam a 1:18.11 and won the 200 freestyle relay by more than half a second. It is OBU's first relay champion.
Lehtonen placed third in the one-meter diving at 517.25.
OBU took ninth in the 400 medley relay in 3:15.02. Goyetche, Morillas Ramos, Felipe Ramirez Zapata and Lambert scored in the event for the Bison.
Zapata took 14th in the 100 butterfly at 48.33
Stunkovic was 20th at 3:58.39 in the 400 individual medley.
Then on Friday, Morillas Ramos took seventh at 53.83 seconds in the 200 breaststroke while Conley was 10th at 53.95. Chad Brandon was 21st in the event at 55.48.
Stunkovic was 11th in the 200 butterfly at 1:47.85.
Penedes was 14th in the 500 freestyle at 4:27.84.
Goyetche finished 23rd (49.62) and Ramirez Zapata 25th (49.62) in the 100 backstroke.