Courtesy Ouachita Baptist University Athletics Department
CLEVELAND, Miss.- After two days of action at the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference championships in Cleveland, Mississippi, the Tigersharks and Lady Tigersharks hold fourth and third place respectively.
The Lady Tigersharks sit third, just 13 points behind Henderson State, at the halfway point. Delta State has jumped out to a huge lead already, with 417 points to HSU’s 280 and Ouachita’s 267.
The Lady Tigersharks’ Thursday events were highlighted by a first place finish from Rebecca Zandstra in the 50 Yard-Freestyle. She posted a time of 23.98 in the event, recording 20 points for the team. Another big performance for the team came in the 500 Yard Freestyle, when Jennifer Steele posted a second place finish with a time of 5:01.32.
For the Tigersharks, they find themselves in fourth place as they enter the back half of the competition. They currently sit with 217 points, trailing third place Henderson closely, as Henderson currently sits with 238.5 points. Delta State currently leads the pack, with 353 points, with Missouri S&T riding their coattails with 346.5 points.
The Tigersharks gained some ground in the 50 Yard-Freestyle, as Marcus Schlesinger notched a victory with a time of 20.11 seconds and brought 20 points to Ouachita’s team score.
It looked like Ouachita might pull another 20 point draw in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, but a tight finish between the top three teams, with less than six tenths of a second between them, left the Tigersharks with a third place finish.
The teams will continue to battle it out in Cleveland, Mississippi over the course of the next two days, with pre-lims beginning at 10 a.m. both days and finals beginning at 6 p.m.