Brenau Swim Team Finishes Fourth, Senior Courtney Hayward Wins National 1650 Title

The Golden Tigers captured one individual national championship and finished fourth overall Saturday in the 2017 NAIA Women’s Swimming and Diving championships.

Senior Courtney Hayward of Townsville, Australia, capped off her outstanding career with a dominating victory in the 1650 freestyle. She previously captured the same title in 2015. Teammate Chloe Ireland also placed seventh in the event in 18:08.14.

Yanne Toussaint continued her outstanding first national championships with a win in the “B” cut finals of the 200 breaststroke. The freshman placed ninth overall in 2:25.46, while teammate Sarah Frey also placed 16th in the same event with a time of 2:32.03.

Also, Lindsay Dowling added to the squad’s top 10 finishes with a sixth place finish in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.24.

“I’m really proud of the ladies,” said head coach Nate Rhoads. “We had a lot of swimmers step up this weekend and come through for us. I’m proud of the leadership of our seniors, Madison Kosater and Courtney Hayward. They were key to the success of this meet. Also, I want to thank all of our parent and alumni fans for supporting us throughout the entire season.”

In total, the Golden Tigers earned 12 top-ten finishes at the 2017 national championships to amass 264 total points.