The Wayland Baptist University pair of Junior Josiah Morales of Trinidad and Tobago and sophomore Deandre Small of Barbados made a big impact on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA rankings at the Tiger Invitational which took place from Nov 21 to 22 in San Antonio Texas.
Morales, who is studying molecular biology recorded 7 top ten NAIA times at the competition. His Pioneers A team recorded a season best time in the 200 yard freestyle relay of 1:25.33 to finish 2nd in the event. Morales started the relay for the San Antonio based team with a 20.90 which was the fastest lead leg of the relay teams. His previous season best lead time was 21.55. Morales lead leg performance has him ranked as the 3rd fastest man in the NAIA heading into the New Year. That relay performance has the team ranked 2nd in the NAIA.
The Wayland Baptist team would record a win in the 200 yard medley relay with a season best time of 1:33.88.The 6 foot Morales had the second fastest butterfly relay split with a time of 22.55.The A team’s previous season best time was 1:38.12 when Morales clocked a butterfly leg of 23.12. That will also stand as the 2nd fastest time in the NAIA heading into 2016.
The Wayland Baptist A team would place 2nd in the longer 400 medley relay as well in a time of 3:27.34.Morales again swam the butterfly and he split a time of 50.21.That performance ensured that Wayland Baptist would be ranked 2nd in both medley relays.
In the 50 yard freestyle the man from San Fernando registered a winning time of 20.93.He dropped almost a second off his season best in the 100 yard butterfly to finish 2nd in 50.84. That places him 5th overall in the NAIA. In the longer 200 yard butterfly he had a massive time drop from 2:05.55 to 1:56.25 to place 3rd at the Invitational and rank 6th in the NAIA. Morales who is a former student at Naparima College won a Silver and Bronze medals at the 2014 Caribbean Island swimming Championships in the 100 and 200 metre butterfly events in times of 57.14 and 2:10.42.He also represented the twin Island Republic at the 2012 World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in the 7.5km race.
Also having top ten NAIA year end rankings was Deandre Small of Barbados. Her Pioneers A team won the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:39.63.Small contributed to the victory with a 24.57 3rd leg split. She had the 4th fastest split of all the relays that competed. That performance places Wayland Baptist as the 4th fastest relay in the division.
Her 200 yard medley relay dropped 3 seconds off their season best to place 2nd in the relay with a time of 1:52.20.Small’s best leadoff backstroke split this season had been 29.12 but she lowered that to 28.57 in the runner up performance.Wayland is the 6th fastest relay team heading into the New Year.
Her 400 yard freestyle relay team placed 4th in a time of 3:42.40.Small was timed at 54.31 on her 3rd leg.
In the 100 yard breaststroke she moved from 1:10.73 to 1:07.81 to take the 100 yard breaststroke in the 9th fastest time in the NAIA. In the 200 yard backstroke the Exercise and Sport Science Major dropped more than 5 seconds to place 4th in 2:12.06 .That performance has her 13th in the 2015 year end rankings. In the 400 yard medley relay Small started the A team off with a 1:00.38 backstroke effort. That backstroke time ranks her 13th in the 100 yard event. The team would finish 4th and 13th overall in the NAIA with a timing of 4:14.67. In the individual 100 yard backstroke Deandre finished 6th in 1:00.50.Small who attended both Plymouth and Harrison Colleges represented Barbados at the 2014 World Short Course Swimming championships in Doha Qatar.
Also competing at the met was freshman Hadassah Morales sister to Josiah. Hadassah placed 3rd in the B final of the 100 yard backstroke in 1:06.95.She was 5th in the B final of the 50 yard freestyle in 26.22. Her 200 yard freestyle relay B team finished 9th overall in a time of 1:47.20. Morales provided an anchor split of 26.13. In the 100 yard freestyle she finished 19th in a time of 1:02.40. Both Pioneers men and women’s teams finished 4th with 476 and 634.5 points respectively.