By Valerie Bustamante
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The athletic department hosted a celebration Wednesday, March 19, in honor of the men’s swimming and diving team winning the 2014 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimming and Diving Championship.
The team is now ranked 15th in the nation for college swimming after winning the 2014 CCSA championship and represents the first athletic program on campus to receive an NCAA division title. Overall, the team set 11 records and nine CCSA records.
“We prepare, and work towards winning every meet we compete in, and this was just another culmination of a lot of working parts coming together and accomplishing one goal,” Head Coach Phillip Davis said. “It’s a huge honor to be blessed with so much success in my career. God has been wonderful to me.”
The team was back to back with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County throughout the four days of competition at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville.
“We won 12 out of 20 total races,” Davis said. “We had 18 members competing in a maximum of three individual events per athlete.”
In the 200- yard butterfly race, Evandro Silva, a sophomore engineering major from Guaruja, Brazil, set a meet record with 1:47.21, reaching the NCAA Division I ‘B” cut. Right after Silva was David Moore, a San Antonio freshman marketing major, placing second with 1:47.61. Jorge Escarcega, a sophomore business administration major from El Paso, and Robbie Morris, a senior engineeting management major from Helotes, came in fifth and 12th, respectively.
Connor Hennessey, a sophomore psychology major from San Antonio, set a meet record and conference record in 1,659-yard freestyle. It then continued with the 200-yard backstroke by Andrii Nikishenko, a senior sports management major from Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, in a record 1:43.94.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, Thiago Parravicini, a senior business administration major from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, broke records with 1:54.67 followed by Rostik Fedyna, a sophomore psychology major from Kiev, Ukraine, in second. In the 100-yard freestyle, Alex Brouwer, a junior engineering management major from Scottsdale, Ariz., was a runner-up with 44.86.
“It’s really an honor to be a part of this team,” said Oleksii Chokh, a sophomore psychology major from Kovel, Ukraine. “We have a good team and such great guys from all everywhere, like from Brazil, Mexico or [like myself] from the Ukraine. So for me it is a big opportunity to be on this team. We’re swimming hard and we’re working hard.”