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

The final day of the NAIA Championships swam Josiah Morales and Deandre Small yet again posting lifetime bests.


Morales had set a personal best in the 200 yard butterfly at the Trinity Invitational of 1:56.25.That standard would not survive the morning heats. He went out in 53.56 and came back 1:00.85 to post a new personal best of 1:54.41.That enabled him to make the B final. In the evening he clocked 1:54.89 for 2nd .That is the best placing for Wayland Baptist in the history of nationals. In his final event of the Championships Josiah clocked an anchor leg split of 45.71 to help the Pioneers to 3:08.20 and make the championship final for the first time in their history. In the final the Pioneers would record their fastest ever at nationals with a 3:07.85 clocking. That performance placed the team 6th overall. Josiah posted the fastest split ever done by a Pioneer in a relay final when he brought the team home in 45.55.

Barbadian teammate Deandre Small continued to lower her personal best as well .Her 200 yard backstroke record had stood 2:12.06 also set at the Trinity Invitational in November. She dropped that mark to 2:10.19 in the morning with a split of 1:02.66 to make the B final. Small had already made history for Wayland Baptist by being the first female swimmer to qualify for Nationals in the event .So she created further history by being the first female Pioneer to make a B final. In that final she went out 1:02.11 and hit the final wall in 2:09.48 for 5th overall. In the heats of the 400 freestyle the Female Pioneers recorded their best time ever done at Nationals with a 3:39.85 to make the B final. Small anchored the team with a 53.19 split. In that final Small recorded 53.19 and pushed the Wayland team to a time of 3:38.93 for 2nd yet another school best at Nationals.

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