JBU Swim Team Competes in NAIA Nationals

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 5, 2001) — The 2000-01 John Brown University Golden Eagles Swim and Dive Team returned home from the NAIA National Swim Meet this past weekend with an overall good performance. Eleven Golden Eagles Swim and Dive Team members competed in the meet held at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Cananda.

The JBU women’s team finished 10th overall, up one spot from last year, while the JBU men’s team finished a solid 9th overall. The College Swim Coaches Athletic Association honors individual swimmers that finish in sixth place or higher in the national meet with an All-American status. If a swimmer or diver finishes in 12th place or higher in an event, then they are honored as a CSCAA honorable mention All-American. In order to be considered an NAIA All-American you must consider in the top three of an event.

Senior Heather White, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, highlighted the individual honors for the Golden Eagles as she broke the JBU school record for the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 57.33. She broke the record while swimming leadoff in the 400 freestyle relay preliminaries. The previous record of 57.62 seconds was held by former JBU NAIA All-American Niki Breaux. White then broke the 57 second barrier later swimming anchor in the 400 freestyle relay finals, but a record can not be broken out of the anchor position.

It was Heather’s second JBU school record this season, she set the JBU school record in the 50-meter freestyle earlier in the season. White put in both season best and career best performances during the meet. With her best individual event performance coming in the 400 IM, as she finished with CSCAA honorable mention All-American status. Over her career, White had a total of twenty different CSCAA honorable mention All-American swims as a Golden Eagle.

Other individual swim events highlights included junior Elizabeth Barnes from Bella Vista, Arkansas, who competed in the 100 and 200 meter Breast Stroke. Barnes finished with CSCAA honorable mention All-American honors finishing 12th in both events. Junior Mance Buttram, from Rogers, Arkansas, had a season best in both the 100 and 200 meter Back Stroke finishing 13th in both events.

Individual diving highlights included last year’s NAIA National Champion on both boards, from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, sophomore Daniel Ellis. Once again Ellis finished as an NAIA All-American in the 3-meter competition and finished with CSCAA All-American status on the 1-meter board with a 4th place finish. Sophomore Daniel Mick, from Newton, Kansas, also received CSCAA All-American status on the 1-meter board finishing in 5th place. On the women’s board Sophomore Libby Mills of Harrison, Arkansas, received CSCAA All-American status with a 6th place finish in the 3-meter Diving competition. She also finished 8th on the 1 meter board.

The JBU women’s relay competed in five events with their best finish of 8th place coming in the 200-freestyle and the 400-medley relay. The relay team consisted of Heather White, Elizabeth Barnes, Annie McGuire and Anna Brown, both from Sedelia, Missouri and Rebecca Alford of Joplin, Missouri.

The JBU men’s relay competed in two events with their best finish of 9th place coming in the 400-medley. The relay team consisted of Mance Buttram, Nate Head of Monett, Missouri, Daniel Mick of Newton, Kansas, and Nik Hook of Denver, Colorado.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. JBU competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), one of three conferences within the NAIA’s Region.