Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 27, 2003) - After qualifying some additional individual and relay performances at the Liberal Arts Conference meet last weekend, the John Brown University men and women's swim team are ready for entrance into the NAIA national meet next week in Lawrence, Kansas. Although the men's team finished 7th out of 13 schools competing and the women's team was 8th of 12 teams, Coach Brent Rush said, "our individual and relay times improved as the meet progressed and several JBU athletes swam their best times of the season. I think we are now ready for the national competition and look forward to next week to see how we will do."
The men's team qualified for the nationals in 11 more individual events with junior Nik Hook leading the way qualifying in three events. Senior Nate Head also qualified in 3 events during the conference meet. Sophomores Luke Williams, Josh Hughes, and Dusty Woodson had qualified earlier in the season in six individual events. In addition to these individual events, the men's team also qualified the 400 and 800 freestyle relays at the conference meet.
On the women's side, freshman Rebecca Camfield qualified in the 100 backstroke as the leadoff member of the 400-medley relay. In all, the JBU teams now have a total of 26 individual events and 10 relays qualified for the nationals.
Notable performances in addition to the qualifying times for the national meet came in the women's 800 freestyle relay where the team of Camfield, freshman Kathlene Kubricht, freshman Jennifer Brown, and sophomore Christy Eye set a school record with a time of 8:51.96 breaking the old record of 8:52.14. Kubricht finished second in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.23, Hook swam to a third place in the 100 freestyle in a time of 49.27, and the men's 400 medley relay also finished third with the time of 3:47.24.
The NAIA national meet begins March 3 and continues through March 8 in Lawrence, Kansas on the campus of Kansas University.