Gardner-Webb’s star freshman from Curaçao Seggio Bernardina had a great Coastal Collegiate Sports Association debut at the 2018 edition of the Championship. The meet which ran from Feb 14-17 in Athens Georgia saw Seggio winning Two Gold , One Silver and Two Bronze medals as well as recording all personal bests in his individual events.
His first trip to the top of the podium came in the 200 yard freestyle relay. In that fellow freshman standout Eli Coan 20.35,|Zach Dingfield 20.37,Bernandina 20.34 and Mason Hutchinson 20.57 combined for a winning total time of 1:21.63.Seggio had the joint fastest split of the relay event.
The team from Boiling Springs North Carolina would win another sprint freestyle relay Gold in the 400 yard event. That team would see Eli start again with a split of 45.35, followed by the Seggio 44,24,Justin Conklin provided handled third leg duties with a time of 45.10 and Dingfield anchored in 44.30. The team took the event in 2:58.99, just off the school record of 2:58.41. Seggio again had the fastest split.
In the 100 yard butterfly Bernardina recorded PB’s twice, in the heats and the Championship final. In the heats he lowered his PB of 49.39 with a 48.97 (split time 23.30). He would be even faster in the final touching in 48.28(split time 22.62) to win the Silver behind Filip Svedberg of Old Dominion 47.74. Seggio’s time was just under the NCAA Division B time of 48.29.
In the 400 yard medley he split 48.04 on his butterfly to help the team to the Bronze in a total time of 3:17.62 .They just missed the school record of 3:17.04.The Trinity Christian Academy graduate would record handle the butterfly duties on the shorter 200 yard medley relay with a split of 21.65 .The team would stop the clock in 1:30.21 for another Bronze.
In the 50 yard freestyle he would get under his personal record of 20.93 with a 20.72 blast in the morning heats. He would be close to that time in the Championship final with a seventh place time of 20.82.
In the 100 yard freestyle he came close to his personal best of 45.61 with a time of 45.69. He bettered that time with another seventh place finish of 45.57(split time 21.68).
Gardner-Webb would place third in the men’s competition with 849 points. Incarnate Word would take the male championship with 849 points.