The Southwestern Oregon Community College men’s and women’s swim teams both stood in fourth place with one day to go at the NJCAA championships in Florida.
The women were led by Piper Engler’s second-place finish in the 50 backstroke on Thursday and the men got a second-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay Friday.
Engler was timed in 27.57 seconds in the 50 backstroke and the Lakers had two other placers: Jessica Robinson in ninth (28.46), Khalani Hoyer in 12th (30.17).
The Lakers also were third in the 400 medley relay with the team of Robinson, Engler, Hoyer and Mya Falk finishing in 4:11.69. The Lakers were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Falk, Robinson, Hoyer and Rena Krahn (1:43.02).
Also Thursday, Krahn was eighth in the 400 individual medley and Falk was 10th in the 200 freestyle.
On Friday, Engler again had SWOCC’s top finish for the women, placing fourth in the 100 backstroke (59.70). Krahn was ninth (1:14.60) and Kai Woodward 16th (1:18.93) in 100 breaststroke. Falk was 11th (5:36.71) and Maddie Huestis 14th (5:52.36) in 500 freestyle.
The Lakers took fifth in the 800 freestyle relay, with Robinson, Krahn, Falk and Engler finishing in 8:19.15.
That event, the final one of the day Friday, was the top finish so far for SWOCC’s men, with Caleb Dean, Noah Ferber, Shane Williams and Collin McGuire placing second in 7:12.24.
Also Friday, Williams was fourth (57.90), Christian Scaglione sixth (59.42) and Timothy Hole 16th (1:07.25) in 100 breaststroke.
In the 500 freestyle, McGuire was fifth (4:43.64). Jake Wyer just missed the final, placing 17th in the prelims (5:13.99).
Shin Fujii was eighth in 100 individual medley (55.70), Dean ninth in 100 backstroke (53.55) and Timmy Kraemer 12th in the 200 butterfly (2:07.81).
On Thursday, SWOCC was fourth in the 400 medley relay, with the quartet of Dean, Williams, McGuire and Fujii finishing in 3:34.81.
The Lakers were seventh in the 200 freestyle relay, with Scaglioni, Hole, Kraemer and Fujii clocking 1:30.38.
In the 400 individual medley, McGuire was sixth (4:15.14) and Williams seventh (4:16.23). Ferber was 13th in the 200 freestyle (1:53.61) and Kraemer 15th in 100 butterfly (56.84).
With one day to go, Indian River State College in Florida was well on its way to two more titles.
The women had 876 points, with South Georgia State second (455), Lincoln College third (301) and the Lakers fourth (282).
For the men, Indian River State had 922, South Georgia State 416.5, Monroe Community College 341 and SWOCC 288.