COLUMBUS, Ga. – Midland University set four school records during weekend competition at the NAIA Swimming and Diving Championships.
“I was really proud of them,” Midland coach Ryan Bubb said. “They swam their hearts out. Just being on that stage is an eye-opening experience. You don’t know what it’s like until you get there. You don’t know what it’s like to see someone break a national record until you see somebody break a national record in person.”
The Warriors set school records in one individual event and three relays. Joseph Berrick broke the 400 individual medley record by more than 2 seconds, finishing in 4:22.93.
Bubb said Berrick had the best swim of the meet for the Warriors.
“That was something that we needed on that first day,” Bubb said. “I was really impressed with the relays. A lot of those relays we were sitting right on the edge. It could have gone one of two ways. We could have made it or we could not have made it. They really stepped up.”
Midland’s 800 freestyle relay team of Nick D’Andrea, Carter Hites, Berrick and Tim Thies set the school mark with a time of 7:20.60, which put them in 15th place overall. Kaden Miller, Matt Ginger, Berrick and Thies combined in the 400 medley relay for a school record of 3:36.95 and another 15th-place finish.
Berrick, Ginger, Thies and Miller also set a school mark of 3:17.29 in the 400 freestyle relay, which put them in 16th place.
“It was a big stage, and I don’t think any of my swimmers had been to a national-level meet,” Bubb said. “It was pretty cool that they got that experience. I thought they all had a great time, and at the end of the day that’s what it is all about. They got the experience and they are going to know what needs to be done even more so next year.”