MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 2, 2016) – With the 2016 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships starting up, the Milligan College swim team has raced hard all season and has put together a combination of six swimmers who will be competing in seven individual events and five relays in the final meet of the year.
The national championships are set to run Wednesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 5, in Columbus, Georgia, and the Columbus Aquatics Center.
Buffaloes who have qualified for nationals are senior Sarah Walsh, junior Casey Knapp, freshman Alyssa Boyèr, and sophomores Emily Mark and Caroline Walker on the women’s side. Junior Grant Callahan highlights the men’s side.
Walsh will lead the Milligan squad by competing in seven events while Knapp and Boyèr will each participate in five, Mark and Walker in four, and Callahan in three. Callahan, however, is the only Buff competing in only individual events as he will take aim in the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
“We are super excited to see how Grant will place in the top 16,” said Assistant Coach Kelly Chism, who officially takes over as the team’s head coach upon the conclusion of the national meet. “(Grant) dropped an incredible five seconds in his 100 breaststroke last meet and now that puts him 2.1 seconds off Olympic trial times. Our swims this meet will make a great basis for our growing team next year, and I believe this is the start of Milligan becoming nationally known. We expect Grant to lead us into that reputation.”
The others competing in individual events for Milligan include Walsh in the 400 individual medley and the 200 fly, Boyèr in the 1650 freestyle, and Knapp in the 100 backstroke.
When it comes to Milligan’s relay national qualifiers, which were all on the women’s side, the Buffs will complete in three freestyle relays and two medley relay races. The team of Walker, Boyèr, Walsh and Mark will compete in the 800 freestyle relay; the team of Knapp, Mark, Boyèr and Walker will participate in the 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay will be raced by Walsh, Walker, Knapp and Mark.
Lastly, the 200 medley relay will feature Knapp, Boyèr, Walsh and Mark while the unit of Knapp, Boyèr, Walsh and Walker will take the 400 medley relay.