Trinidad and Tobago’s Josiah Morales went undefeated in the three events he contested in Wayland Baptist’s season opener against University of Texas Permian Basin on Friday September 30.
Morales, who is a senior, was a member of the Pioneers A team that won the 400 yard medley relay. The team of Nico Ruiz-Rojas backstroke( 54.19) ,Dillon Frazier breaststroke (1:00.47), Morales butterfly (51.35) and Henri Günther freestyle (47.02) combined to post a total time of 3:33.03 . Their winning margin was more than 4 seconds. Josiah had the fastest butterfly split of all the teams.
His prowess in the butterfly would be seen in the individual 100 yard butterfly event. At the 50 yard mark Josiah had split 24.28 and was almost a second ahead of the field. When he touched the final wall his time was 52.00 and he was over 2 seconds faster than the second place finisher Mason Bryan who clocked 54.45.
In the final event the 200 yard freestyle relay his A team of Mihovil Backovic, Nico Ruiz-Rojas, Hugo Gallegos combined to win a close decision over Texas Permian Basin 1:28.17 to 1:28.53. His opening leg of 21.26 which was the fastest split of the relay was the difference for the win. The Pioneers fell to University of Texas Permian Basin 97 to 108.
Wayland Baptist competes in the NAIA (The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). Morales won the Silver medal at the 2016 Championships in the 50 yard freestyle in 20.73 which also stands as the school record. He is also the school standard bearer in the 200 yard butterfly at 1:54.41.