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Bison maintain perfect record

From OBU Sports Information

A dominating performance by both the Oklahoma Baptist men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams ensured the Bison maintained a perfect record against in-state rival Oklahoma Christian on Saturday afternoon at the RAWC Pool.

The women claimed a 159-91 victory over the Eagles, while the men claimed a 165-91 decision over their counterparts from Oklahoma City.

The men’s and women’s teams combined for 22 first-place finishes during the 29-event dual meet. Both teams split evenly with 11 apiece.

On the women’s side, the 200-meter medley team of Kaelyn Lance, Juliana Cifuentes, Jamie Edwards and Laura Cifuentes got OBU off to a strong start with a first-place finish in a time of 2:04.53. The men’s side claimed first soon after in the same event with a time of 1:47.24 posted by Daniel Santos, Hank Contich, Alex Leff and Estevao Hornos.

Jamie Edwards took first in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:14.09, while Alfredo Arrieche, Santos and Filip Duric swept the podium for the men’s 200m freestyle. Arrieche led the way with a time of 1:59.37, followed by 2:00.94 for Santos and 2:01.19 for Duric.

Julie Day touched in 1:07.32 to claim the 100m backstroke title. Lance was third after finishing with a time of 1:09.18.

Juliana Cifuentes and Chase Kirby finished first and second in the 100m breaststroke after touching in 1:14.37 and 1:20.11, respectively. In the men’s race, Contich took home top honors with a time of 1:06.56, with Thomas Peterson finishing in third in 1:07.19.

Laura Cifuentes posted a time of 2:34.39, outstripping the field in the 200m butterfly; teammate Catherine Oakley was third with a time of 2:58.49. Tristan Villa claimed first in the men’s race after completing the event in 2:07.30. Arrieche was third with a time of 2:18.61.

In the 50m freestyle, Day took home her second individual title after touching in 27.80. The men’s team collected their second sweep of the day behind Hornos, Leff and Colton Wyatt. Hornos led the way with a time of 23.53, while Leff posted a time of 24.23 and Wyatt a time of 24.51.

In the 1m diving competition, the Bison women swept the event with Anna Kathleen Harris leading the way with a score of 399.89. Cassidy Wright scored a 385.42, and Brianna Reece recorded a 367.16. Noah Harlow and Jordan Atkins took home first and second in the men’s event with scores of 435.22 and 297.00, respectively.

With a time of 1:01.61, Day took home her third event title of the afternoon in the 100m freestyle. Santos and Hornos were the top two finishers in the men’s race after touching the wall in 52.38 and 54.09.

Oklahoma Baptist’s lone entrant in the 200m backstroke, Lance finished second with a time of 2:29.73. Duric won the men’s event in a time of 2:16.00.

Juliana Cifuentes won her second individual title in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:46.16 as the Bison swept the event. Turlington was second after finishing in 3:04.01, while Shea Copeland was third with a time of 3:19.91. Contich and Peterson claimed top honors in the men’s race as Contich posted a 2:28.67 and Peterson a time of 2:31.56.

Laura Cifuentes was OBU’s top finisher in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:52.28. Taking home his second event title, Arrieche led the way in the men’s race after posting a 4:14.08. Villa was second with a time of 4:18.26.

Sweeping the butterfly events on the women’s side, Edwards outpaced the competition in the 100m event behind a time of 1:05.69. Leff finished third for the men with a time of 1:02.70.

Brooke Newby led the Bison women in the 400m individual medley with a time of 5:38.04. On the men’s side, Duric was third after clocking in at 4:57.45.

The team of Laura Cifuentes, Kirby, Edwards and Day finished first in the 400m freestyle relay, combining for a time of 4:06.37 to close out the meet. The men’s team of Santos, Leff, Daniel Brown and Hornos were top finishers as well after posting a time of 3:36.39.

Oklahoma Baptist closes out the regular season next week with a trip to Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Bison will first take on Ouachita Baptist on Friday, Jan. 31, before taking on Henderson State on Saturday, Feb. 1.