Tabor Swimming should be competitive again

The Tabor College swim team sent nine swimmers to the NAIA National Championship in Columbus, Georgia last year and are hoping to have similar success this year.

The Bluejays are lead by 6 year head coach Nathan Duell who has very strong goals for his team.

“Our goals are to be as competitive as possible while representing our team and our school with integrity and character. Our theme for the season is Shine based on Matthew 5:16. Ot is always a goal of our program for people to notice that we are different from other teams,” said Duell.

While the team did great last year, they do face some challenges this year.

“Our biggest challenge is numbers. We lost a lot from last year’s team in graduation and transfers so we will need to counter with quality over quantity,” said Duell.

But they do have some strong returners.

For the women, senior Michal Parris is a KCAC Champion 1650-yard freestyle, three-time national qualifier.

And for the men, senior Nick Bradley is a three-time national qualifier, school record holder 100 and 200 yard breaststroke, academic All-American, senior Jacob Rudolph is a three-time national qualifier, senior Danny Smith is a 2-time national qualifier; academic All-American and sophomore Jonathan Austin was a National qualifier as a freshman and is a school record holder in the 100 yard butterfly.

“The women’s team is small but determined,” said Duell. “The men’s team has a lot of experience returning and I expect them to be competitive.”

Coming—The Bluejays first swim meet is on Sept 21 in Edmond, Oklahoma.