Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 20, 2003) - The JBU swimming and diving team hosted their first meet of the year on Saturday, October 18 and came away with 1 victory and 1 defeat each for the men and women’s teams. For the women, JBU defeated Austin College 79-25 and lost to McMurry University 63-48. On the men’s side, the Golden Eagles defeated Austin College 68-43 and lost to McMurry 82-30.
One JBU school record was set in the meet. The women’s 200-yard medley relay bested the old school record by .41 seconds as they swam 1:58.13 in the race. Team members on the record breaking relay were Mariah Rose swimming the back stroke, Stephanie Burrell on the breast stroke, Lindsey Smith swam the butterfly and Jenny Brown anchored with the freestyle.
Also with performances good enough to qualify for the NAIA national meet were:
Burrell in the 50 free with 26.45 and the 100 breast stroke with 1:10.78, Kathleen Kubricht also in the 50 free with a time of 26.78 and in the 100 butterfly with 1:03.70, Smith in the 100 free as she swam 57.74, Rose in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.76, the men’s 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.94 and Brandon Jeffries with a score of 401.85 in 1 meter diving.
“This was a great way to start our season and we will only build from here,” stated Coach Brandi Harris as she looked back on the opening season meet. “We had timing system problems but the two competing teams were very gracious and exhibited great sportsmanship as they were patient with us during the meet.”
JBU will be in action again this Saturday as they host Hendrix College in a 1 pm start time in the John Brown University pool.