KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Midland University’s men’s and women’s swimming teams capped off their respective seasons at the NAIA National Championships this past weekend. With a pair of top 20 finishes, the Warriors made another huge statement and continued to showcase the astronomical potential of the young program.
The Warrior men placed fourth with 255 team points, just 12 points shy of Lindsey Wilson College’s third place score of 267. Midland’s men’s team now been to the national championships in each of its first three years, and the Warriors have improved their final placing in each attempt.
Midland’s women’s team finished in 20th place out of 24 competing teams. It’s the first time in the program’s three-year history in which the roster was comprised of more than five swimmers, which has the team on an upward trend.
In addition to the strong team performances, junior Tyler Penney also made history as the school’s first individual swimming national champion. Penney earned the top spot in the men’s 200 yard breaststroke event with a total time of 1:59.10. He narrowly edged out Keiser’s Levente Sardi by just 0.18 seconds to claim the top spot in the event.
Penney capped an impressive junior season with four top five finishes as part of relay teams and came home fourth in the men’s 100 yard breaststroke event.
Under the direction of head coach Ryan Bubb, Midland swimming has firmly found itself on the map and now has an individual champion within its ranks. In just three years, the Warriors have established a winning culture that shows no signs of slowing down entering 2020-21, especially when factoring in the fact that neither the men’s nor women’s team had a single senior on the roster this season.
The Warriors are here, and they are here to stay.