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OBU captures four NAIA national titles in one day

The Oklahoma Baptist University men’s and women’s track teams celebrate their national championships. It was the fifth title for the women and the first for the men. (Photo: Imagine If Photography)

>>from reports by Chad Waller & Casady Fletcher  NAIA National Office

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) will long remember March 2 as the school became the first ever to claim four NAIA titles on the same day, sweeping men’s and women’s indoor track, as well as men’s and women’s swimming and diving.

“Four championships are a tribute to the type of student-athlete we have here at OBU,” said Director of Athletics Robert Davenport. “I can’t think of an instance where a university won four national championships in one day. Congratulations to our athletes and coaches.”

OBU Track Coach Ford Mastin was named NAIA Coach of the Year for both men’s and women’s teams. Adam Godwin won the Men’s Most Valuable Performer of the meet,  while Akela Jones won the Women’s Most Valuable Performer.

For OBU, it was the fifth NAIA Indoor Track Championship for the Lady Bison and the first for the men. The men’s swim team won its second consecutive title, while the OBU women captured their first championship. The teams are coached by Sam Freas.

The special Saturday also included the 500th coaching win for OBU softball coach Pam Fink.

The OBU men’s swimming team poses with its second consecutive national championship banner. (Photo: Imagine If Photography)

At the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center,  the Bison men won with a final team score of 881. Condordia (Calif.) finished runner-up with a team score of 448.5, barely edging out Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), who finished with 428.5.

On the women’s side, the Lady Bison finished with a team score of 845, followed by SCAD Savannah (Ga.) with 600. Cumberlands (Ky.) came in third with 367.

The Bison’s Daniel Ramirez established a new national record in the Men’s 100-yard freestyle. The only other record that fell Saturday was the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay. The Lady Bison established a new top time in the event with a team of Laura Galarza, Emma Forbes-Milne, Lisa MacManus and Nicole Wilson.

OBU’s Galarza of Oklahoma Baptist won the swimmer of the meet award, while fellow Lady Bison teammate MacManus was awarded the swim of the meet award for her performance in the 100-yard backstroke. OBU’s Ramirez captured both individual awards for the men, with his performance in the 100-yard backstroke winning the swim of the meet. Ian McNair of Illinois Tech won the award for men’s diver of the championships, with the women’s award going to Kristen Brimage of Oklahoma Baptist.

National event records broken by OBU swimmers during the championships:

Men’s 100-Yard Freestyle—Daniel Ramirez, (43.42)

Women’s 400-Yard Freestyle Relay—(3:25.63)

Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay—(1:32.88)

Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay—(1:19.50)

Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly—Nick Schuttinger, (47.30)

Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke— Ramirez,  (47.61)

Men’s 200-Yard Medley Relay—(1:27.66)

Men’s 50-Yard Freestyle—Schuttinger, (19.83)

Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle—Schuttinger, (1:36.87)

At SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, OBU become the fifth different school to sweep the men’s and women’s team indoor track championships and first since Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in 2004.

The OBU women took home a record-tying fifth national championship and the men hoisted the banner for the first time. There were five men’s and women’s national championships records set during the event and one additional SPIRE Institute facility record.

3) The OBU women’s swimming team poses with its first national championship banner. (Photo: Imagine If Photography)

OBU head coach Ford Mastin was named the Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year after his teams won by sizable amounts. His men tallied 86.50 points to stave off defending national champion Wayland Baptist (Texas) by 16.50 points. On the women’s side, the Bison held a 113-87 scoring advantage over second-place Indiana Tech.

OBU’s Adam Godwin and Akela Jones were named Most Valuable Performers of the meets.

“It was fantastic . . . I am a freshman, so I’m not going to lie, it was good to win it,” said Jones after being a part of the women’s title efforts.“This was the first time at indoor nationals for me and I am going to be back.”

Godwin and Jones were not the only Bison to make a splash. Jura Levy put her name in the record books with four career individual titles after she defended her championships in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. She becomes the eighth female to capture four career championships.

With seven individual titles, the OBU women become the third different program to garner seven, joining Azusa Pacific and Jackson State (Miss.). Missouri Baptist landed eight titles in 2006.

Levy broke the NAIA national record in the 60 meter run with a time of 7.24.

Godwin defended his one-mile run title with a mark of 4:10.84. He added another top finish in the 3,000-meters.

 

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