Fifth-year head coach Nate Duell and his Tabor Bluejay swimmers know what success looks like.
The squad sent nine relays and four individual qualifiers to NAIA nationals in Columbus, Ga., last March, and both the men’s and women’s teams were the NAIA National Team Champions of Character.
Returning this season for the women are juniors Mariana Nassuno Alves, who holds school records in six events, was a NAIA Academic All-American, a two-time individual national qualifier and team captain; and Michal Parris, who holds school records in five events, was a NAIA Academic All-American, a two-time individual national qualifier and team captain.
The men return senior Evan Bell, who holds seven school records, is a three-time individual national qualifier and team captain; and junior Nick Bradley, who holds three school records and was a NAIA Academic All-American.
Freshman Lonna Porter and sophomore Maddie Donohue hope to add to the team’s success for the women, and juniors Danny Smith and Jacob Rudolph will pitch in for the men.
“As always, we look to improve on the previous years’ successes in the water,” Duell said. “The true test of a successful season for us is to see time drops but also to see our athletes grow as women and men.”
The team will have to endure a long season and lots of travel, which will test the team’s resolve and determination, Duell said, but they have the lofty goal of qualifying all of their relays and at least four individuals to the national championship in Columbus, Ga., he noted.