Golden Eagles Swimmers Receive NAIA Recognition

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 16, 2000) — The John Brown University Golden Eagles swim team returned home with one NAIA All-American award and nine All-American Honorable Mentions from the NAIA National Tournament in Vancouver, Canada March 1-4.

Freshman diver Daniel Ellis scored more than half of the total team points at the tournament, earning him the NAIA All-American award.

The Golden Eagles also finished the NAIA tournament with the men’s team placing 8th overall and the women’s team placing 11th.

"My goal going into the meet was to have both teams place in the top ten," said head coach Brent Rush. "I’d say we came close to accomplishing that."

The Golden Eagles began the four-day tournament on Wednesday with the women’s one-meter diving competition. Freshman Libby Mills placed 9th. The men’s three-meter diving competition followed and Ellis placed first. Mills later placed 7th in the women’s three-meter competition. Ellis again placed 1st in the men’s one-meter diving competition.

"The divers have improved dramatically over the past few months and put in their best performances of the year," said Rush.

On Thursday the men’s and women’s 200-meter free relay teams and the women’s 400 medley relay team all placed in the top twelve, and each team scored their season’s best times. The men’s team was made up of senior Bob Nass, sophomore Mance Buttram, and freshmen Daniel Mick and Nate Head. The women’s team was made up of seniors Corrine Hall and Shanna Nevils and juniors Heather White and Sarah Stewart.

In Friday’s competition Nass and Buttram made their season best times in the 200 backstroke. White made her best time in the 200 meter individual medley.

The women’s team dropped a total of ten seconds off their 400 meter free relay time to finish 8th in the tournament. Nass and Buttram made season best times in the 200 backstroke.

"Saturday’s swimming events were by far the highlight of the competition," said Rush.

Since 1919, John Brown University, a interdenominational Christian university, has provided top-quality, Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on educating the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,500 students from 47 states and 33 countries. For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. The University has also repeatedly been included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.