Menu
Skip to Content
You are here:
Home /
/ Two more NAIA National Championships for Tiger swim teams

Two more NAIA National Championships for Tiger swim teams

Posted: Mar 09, 2017

2017-03-09WomenSwimChamps

Olivet Nazarene University women's swimming and diving team became just the second team in school history — and the first women's team ever — to achieve program success as the 2017 NAIA National Champions.

2017-03-09MenSwimChamps

Olivet Nazarene University men’s swimming and diving returned to the top step with a decisive win at the 2017 NAIA National Championships.

Standing at the top of the podium gives champions a great view. Just ask the Olivet Nazarene University men's AND women’s swimming and diving teams. Both teams reached that pinnacle of success in the 2017 NAIA National Championships. Head Coach Scott Teeters received the Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year honor.

Recap of women’s team honors

Leading from start to finish, the Tiger women's swimming and diving team became just the second team in school history — and the first women's team ever — to achieve program success as NAIA National Champions.

In just five years of existence as a program, the Tigers used a core of experienced swimmers to anchor the victory and bring home the banner. Olivet finished with 639 points, followed closely by the defending national champions from Savannah College of Art and Design with 632.5 points. No other team was even close to contending.

Amanda Moran, a sophomore, was honored as the swimmer of the meet and led the Tigers in individual points with 57. She added the 200 backstroke title to her list of accomplishments for the competition. But just winning it wasn't enough. She smashed the NAIA record set in 2012, touching the wall in an astonishing 1:56.87. She also won this event in the 2016 Nationals.

Vanessa Van Oost, a sophomore, earned the honor of NAIA Diver of the Year. She placed first in both the women’s one-meter diving and women’s three-meter diving events.

Tiffany Ray, a senior, captured first place in the women’s 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley.

Amanda and sophomore Andrea Vega captured eight NAIA All-American honors — three individual and five relay. Tiffany added six — three individual and three relay. Deirdre Gerke, a junior, added five from relays.

Recap of men’s team honors

Tiger men’s swimming and diving team returned to the top step with a decisive win at the 2017 NAIA National Championships. The Tigers outscored their closest competition by 215.5 points, leading from the beginning and never looking back or letting up. Savannah College of Art and design took second place with 443 points.

Magnus Poulsen, a freshman from Denmark, placed first and set a new Olivet school record in the 200-yard butterfly. He also won the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly. The Triple Crown earned him the 2017 NAIA Swimmer of the Year award. He earned 60 points alone, enough to have beaten six teams. He finished with three individual All-American honors and four with relays.

Magnus Andersen, a freshman from Denmark, captured the 200-yard backstroke in 1:46.94, setting a new school record for Olivet. He brought home five honors — two individual and three relay.

Daniil Kuzmin, a sophomore from Russia, added six All-American performances — two individual and four relays.

Olivet’s 2017 NAIA Swimming and Diving National Champions

Women’s 200-Yard Free Relay (1:34.69)
Men’s 200-Yard Free Relay (1:20.90)
Women’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Tiffany Ray (2:05.07)
Men’s 200-Yard Individual Medley: Magnus Andersen (1:48.11)
Women’s 1-Meter Diving: Vanessa VanOost (203.70)
Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay (1:44.25)
Women’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Tiffany Ray (4:25.90)
Men’s 400-Yard Individual Medley: Daniil Kuzmin (3:55.88)
Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly: Magnus Poulsen (47.63)
Women’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran (55.19)
Men’s 100-Yard Backstroke: Magnus Poulsen (49.22)
Women’s 3-Meter Diving: Vanessa VanOost (195.70)
Women’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Amanda Moran (1:56.87, a new NAIA record)
Men’s 200-Yard Backstroke: Magnus Anderson (1:46.94)
Men’s 200-Yard Butterfly: Magnus Poulsen (1:47.38)
Women’s Coach of the Year: Scott Teeters

To learn more about the Olivet Tigers athletic program, visit www.onutigers.com or contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.