Josiah Morales
Josiah Morales Photo courtesy of
Deandre Small
Deandre Small Photo courtesy of
Hadassah Morales
Hadassah Morales Photo courtesy of

Trinidad and Tobago’s Josiah Morales was among the top performers for Wayland Baptist in their clash with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Saturday January 23 in Midland Texas.
Morales had a hat trick of victories. He started off the competition with victory in the 200 yard medley relay as his Pioneers A team of Nathan McCormick, Bjoern Globke and Hugo Gallegos won the event in 1:38.37. Josiah had the fastest butterfly split which was timed at 23.12. He went on to win the individual 50 yard butterfly in 23.35. His final victory was the 200 yard freestyle relay where his A team comprising of the same team in the medley relay won in 1:28.76. Morales swam his fastest freestyle relay split of the season as he was timed in 20.82 on anchor leg duties. In the 50 yard breaststroke he was still a part of the podium party as he placed 3rd in 28.35
Team mate Deandre Small of Barbados also tasted success as she won the 50 yard backstroke .Small won the race in 27.82. That performance betters her season best of 28.27 she set in the leading off the 200 yard medley relay team in November. At the 200 yard medley relay at this competition she swam 28.86 to help the Pioneer women to 2nd in 1:55.58. Her B team in the 200 yard freestyle relay finished 3rd in a time of 1:44.36. Small had the 2nd fastest split of the relays as her 2nd leg was timed in 24.92.
Also swimming on that relay team was Hadassah Morales of Trinidad and Tobago. She started the team off with a 25.98 split which was season and personal best. In the individual 50 yard freestyle race earlier in the meet she placed 3rd in a time of 26.32. In her third 50 yard freestyle race of the day which was a time trial she lowered her personal standard to 25.91.
She would also record a personal best in the 50 yard backstroke. Swimming the first leg of the 200 yard medley relay Hadassah clocked 30.24 as her
B team finished 3rd in 2:05.10.That performance bettered the 30.28 she clocked earlier this month leading off the medley relay team. She swam as an exhibition swimmer in the 100 yard freestyle where she touched the pads in 1:03.46.
The Pioneers went down in both men and women’s competition. The men lost 118 to 128 while the women lost 80 to 143.The next competition for the Pioneers will be the NAIA championships in March.

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