GREENSBORO, N.C. – Oklahoma Baptist finished fifth in their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The event concluded Saturday and the Lady Bison finished with 209 points. Queens won the title with 574.5 points, followed by Drury at 401, Nova Southeastern at 288 and Fresno Pacific with 228. Forty-five schools scored in the four-day meet.
"We were just tired," said OBU Coach Sam Freas. "Fifth is better than last. I was really proud of Genesis winning at three-meter without having a three-meter board."
Celina Marquez was fifth in the 200 backstroke at 2:00.76 with Suzanne Afchain taking 11th at 2:00.08 – a consolation heat time that was better than four championship times. Tammy Price was 32nd at 2:07.24.
Victoria Fonville placed eighth in the 100 freestyle in 51.14. "That was a significant swim," Freas said. "She's had mono and that was just a great effort by Victoria."
OBU was 16th in the 400 free relay with Fonville, Marquez, Price and Miriam Avila at 3:27.26.
Juliana Cifuentes was 32nd in the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.57.
The meet started Wednesday with a strong start.
Genesis Veliz won the women's three-meter diving by 10 points Wednesday night to give OBU its first women's national event championship at the NCAA Division II Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Veliz scored a 494.20 and won by 10 points over Emma Kehn of Clarion.
Fonville, battling illness, posted the top preliminary time in the 50 free Wednesday morning and took third in the finals at 22.80. Price scored for OBU from 14th place in the consolation final at 23.44.
Marizel Van Jaarsveld finished 13th in the 200 individual medley in 2:03.99. Cifuentes was 40th at 2:07.80.
Afchain, White, Marquez and Fonville placed sixth in the 200 medley relay in 1:41.94.
Thursday, Fonville, Price, Julie Day and Marquez finished third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:32.25.
Afchain, Van Jaarsveld, Moss and Fonville captured fourth in the 400 medley relay in 3:43.39.
Van Jaarsveld was 12th in the 400 individual medley at 4:28.84.
In the 100 butterfly, Marquez placed 19th at 55.75, Moss was 24th at 56.25 and Price was 32nd at 56.76.
Friday, Marquez placed second in the 100 backstroke in 53.37 with Afchain getting sixth at 54.89. Price was 15th at 56.74.
Faith Moss was 16th in the 200 butterfly at 2:04.14.
Veliz placed 10th in the one-meter diving with a score of 404.20.
Cifuentes placed 25th at 1:03.59 and Van Jaarsveld 36th at 1:05.05 in the 100 breaststroke.