Josiah Morales
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Trinidad and Tobago’s Josiah Morales was a part of the Wayland Baptist Pioneers that set a NAIA nation leading mark in the 400 yard medley relay at the school’s invitational. The meet which was held from October 21 to 22 in Lubbock Texas saw Morales producing a number of top 10 NAIA performances.

In the 400 yard medley relay the team of Nico Ruiz –Rojas (backstroke), Bjoern Globke (breaststroke), Morales (butterfly) and Henri Günther (freestyle) produced the top time in the NAIA of 3:31.56. That easily bettered their season opener of 3:33.03. Their margin of victory at the meet was over 5 seconds.

In the 200 yard medley the personnel was the same except for the freestyle leg where David Caravjal swam. The Pioneers A team beat the 2nd place team by more than 3 seconds to win in a time of 1:36.43 .That performance places them 4th in the NAIA.

In completing his trifecta of wins Josiah had winning margin of over a second in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:56.88. That has him ranked as the 2nd fastest in the NAIA.

In the 500 yard freestyle Morales just missed out on lowered his personal best of 5:04.01 set in 2014 when he hit the wall in 5:05.91 for 5th.

He placed 5th in the 400 yard individual medley in a time of 4:34.46 and 7th  in the 200 yard breaststroke in a time of 2:24.86.

The Pioneers finished 2nd in the 4 team competition with 834 points. The meet was won by The University of Texas-Permian Basin with 1,296 points.

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