Two men's swimmers, one relay team reach finals at nationals
March 30, 2019 | Columbus, Ohio
The 10 members of Liberty University's second-year men's swimming team who competed at the Collegiate Club Swimming National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend finished 29th out of 120 schools. Close to 1,800 men's and women's swimmers participated in the three-day meet hosted by Ohio State University.
"There were more schools but fewer swimmers than last year, but the competition was much higher and the times were much faster," Flames Head Coach Heath Grishaw said. "The team grew spiritually and grew much closer together as a team, which was awesome."
Liberty's 800-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Ben Klipp, freshmen Caleb McClelland and Christian Brasher, and junior Noah Miller qualified for the A finals and placed eighth overall in 7 minutes, 7.74 seconds.
Individually, Miller and McClelland qualified for the B finals in the 200 butterfly and 200 free, respectively. Miller finished 14th in 1:57.65 and McClelland placed 15th in 1:44.21.
McClelland established program records in both the 100 and 200 free events while Klipp set a new standard in the 100 individual medley, junior Ryan Sparklin clocked Liberty's fastest times in the 100 and 200 backstroke. The Flames' 400 (3:14.66) and 800 free relays and 400 medley relay (3:36.02) also broke team records.
"They did well and I was really pleased with the number of broken records and individual time drops we had," Grishaw said. "We met some of our goals and some we were a little off of others, but everybody dropped time which we were really excited about."
Complete results are available online.
The Flames will send three members of their diving team coached by Lucas Wood to Grand Junction, Colo., for this weekend's diving national championships.