Collin McGuire finished second in the longest race to help the Southwestern Oregon Community College swim team finish a strong week at the NJCAA national championships in Florida in fourth place.
SWOCC’s women also finished fourth in the meet.
McGuire finished the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16 minutes and 7.45 seconds to place second, just over 10 seconds behind Nikola Milosavlijevic of Indian River State College of Florida, who was timed in 15:56.85. For perspective, the third-place finisher was more than 30 seconds behind McGuire, who earlier in the week was third in the 1,000 freestyle.
SWOCC’s Noah Ferber was 14th in the 1,650-yard race (18:20.36).
Caleb Dean was third for the Lakers in the 50 butterfly (23.03) and Christian Scaglione was 10th (24.75). Dean also was sixth in the 200 backstroke (1:59.61).
In the 200 breaststroke, Shane Williams was fifth (2:08.30), Scaglione seventh (2:11.91), Shin Fujii 12th (2:16.04) and Timmy Kraemer 14th (2:19.69).
Jake Wyer was 12th (51.25) and Timothy Hole 16th (54.55) in the 100 freestyle.
The Lakers also were fifth in the 400 freestyle relay with Shane, Jake Wyer, McGuire and Dean finishing in 3:15.66.
In the team race, Indian River State College easily won with 1,245 points. South Georgia State College was second (561.5), Monroe Community College third (450) and SWOCC fourth (411.5).
Indian River also won the women’s title with 1,181 points, followed by South Georgia State College (591), Iowa Central Community College (379) and SWOCC (377).
Indian River has won both the men’s and women’s titles for at least 20 straight years and won every event last week.
SWOCC’s top individual finish for the women on the final day Saturday came from Piper Engler, who added to her strong collection of backstroke finishes placing fifth in the 200-yard race in 2:13.06, just ahead of teammate Jessica Robinson (2:13.16). Engler was fifth or better in all three backstroke events, including a second-place finish in the 50 backstroke.
Mya Falk was eighth (19:15.29), Maddie Huestis ninth (20:01.75) and Jo Adams 10th (20:17.38) for the Lakers in the 1,650 freestyle.
Khalani Hoyer was 10th in the 100 freestyle (56.64) and Rena Krahn was 12th (2:45.51) and Kari Woodward 16th (2:51.32) in the 200 breaststroke.
SWOCC was fifth in the meet-closing 400 freestyle relay with Hoyer, Krahn, Falk and Engler finishing in 3:47.55.
The Lakers had a strong week, with both the men and women having double-digit top-eight finishes in individual races. The Lakers also had top-six finishes in nearly every relay.