June 12, 2014
At the NAIA Swimming Championships in Oklahoma City the OBU men finished with 900 team points with the 2nd place team Olivet Nazarene University finishing a distant 485 point.
Altus’ own Daniel Robbins won the bronze in the 200 I M with a 1:50.61. He swam the lead leg of the record setting 200 free style relay with a 20.13 for his 50 which is just .39 off of breaking the 50 free National record.
The men’s 200 free relay team broke the National record by over a full second with a 1:18.43 and three of four guys will be back next year to see if they can win four National Championships in a row. The relay team was made up of Daniel Robbins, Daniel Ramirez, Garland Sullivan, and Logan Lassley.
Daniel finished a slightly disappointing 6th place in the 100 free with a 44.93. He had swam quite a bit faster in the morning prelims.
The OBU men closed the meet with another record performance in the 400 free relay. They broke the National record with a 2:56.71. Daniel Ramirez, Logan Lassley, Tim Richard and Daniel Robbins made up the winning team with Robbins turning in a fast 43.93 100 freestyle to close out the collegiate season.
The men’s team has done something never before achieved in the history of collegiate sports. The men’s team won the National Championship in their very first year of competition and followed it up with winning two more in a row. The women’s team finished as runner up their first year, and followed this up by winning back to back Championships. World renowned Coach Sam Freas has definitely put OBU in Shawnee on the international map.
Right now the elite swimmers of the team are competing in Europe on a three-week swing through three different countries while competing against many different Olympians from numerous countries. It’s a great experience for the young men and women and quite the tribute to Coach Linda Wiginton for getting Daniel to the point to where he could excel at this level while really only having 3 1/2 years to teach him to swim.