COLUMBUS, Ga. – Midland University swimmers capped off their inaugural season by setting four school records at the NAIA Swimming and Diving Championships over the weekend.
“I was really proud of them,” Coach Ryan Bubb said. “They swam their hearts out this weekend. Just being on that stage is an eye-opening experience. You don’t know what it’s like until you get there. You don’t know what it’s like to see someone break a national record until you see somebody break a national record in person.”
The Warriors set school records in one individual event and three relays. Joseph Berrick broke the 400 individual medley record by more than 2 seconds, finishing in 4 minutes, 22.93 seconds.
“The best swim of the weekend was Joseph’s 400 IM,” Bubb said. “That was something that we needed on that first day to show everybody you have it in you, but you have to dig for it a little bit. I was really impressed with the relays. A lot of those relays we were sitting right on the edge. It could have gone one of two ways. We could have made it or we could not have made it. They really stepped up.”
Midland’s 800 freestyle relay team of Nick D’Andrea, Carter Hites, Berrick and Tim Thies set the school mark with a time of 7:20.60, which put them in 15th place overall. Kaden Miller, Matt Ginger, Berrick and Thies combined in the 400 medley relay for a school record of 3:36.95 and another 15th-place finish. Berrick, Ginger, Thies and Miller also set a school mark of 3:17.29 in the 400 freestyle relay, which put them in 16th place.
“It was a big stage, and I don’t think any of my swimmers had been to a national-level meet,” Bubb said. “It was pretty cool that they got that experience. I thought they all had a great time, and at the end of the day that’s what it is all about. They got the experience and they are going to know what needs to be done even more so next year.”
In its first season of competition, Midland collected three dual meet victories, had its first medalist in the Mid-South Conference Championships, and qualified all of its members for the NAIA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Warriors also moved into their new home, the Dillon Family YMCA Aquatic Center, near the end of the season. Completion of the $15 million center will allow Midland to host home events in its second season.