Many people may have never heard of Olivet Nazarene University. Nestled in the suburbs of Bourbonnais, Illinois, the school is home to roughly 6,000 students. Its biggest claim to fame when it comes to sports is the campus is used by the Chicago Bears for their training camp.
Now, however, Olivet Nazarene may have a new reputation in the sporting world, being home to one of the top collegiate swimming programs in the nation.
At the recent National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Meet in Columbus, Georgia, the ONU Men’s Team captured its second consecutive national title, garnering 658.5 points. Not to be outdone, the Olivet Nazarene Women’s Team won its first ever national championship, accumulating 639 points. The two squads combined won 14 individual national championships. Your text to link…
The honors didn’t stop there for ONU. On the Men’s side, Magnus Poulsen was named the NAIA Swimmer of the Year after winning national championships in both the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly. Shane Brinson was voted the NAIA Diver of the Year for winning the championship in both the one and three meter dives. For the women, Amanda Moran got first in the 200 backstroke, setting a new NAIA record of 1:56.87 and being recognized for the best performance of the national meet. ONU Women’s Coach Scott Teeters was named the NAIA Coach of the Year.
Along with the same school taking home men’s and women’s national championships, SCAD Savannah from Georgia was the national runners up for both the men and women.