St. Andrews swimming led by senior Georgi Krastev

By Troy Baranik - SAU Sports Information Director


COLUMBUS, Ga. — The St. Andrews University men’s and women’s swim teams, led by three-time All-American Georgi Krastev, finished ninth and 12th respectively at the 2017 NAIA Championships in Columbus, Ga. this past weekend.

The Knights secured ninth place out of 20 teams with 180 points. The Lady Knights finished 12th out of 23 teams with 88 points.

The men were led by third place finishes from Georgi Krastev in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. Krastev swam the 100 in 49.5 seconds missing the title by .28. He then swam the 200 in 1:50. The Knights senior also took fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.75 seconds.

The Knights team of Krastev, Elliot Boon, Josh Dixon, and Juan Patino took fifth place in the 200 medley relay in 1:30. Boon finished 15th overall in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.1 seconds as he made the consolation finals. Boon placed 12th in the 200 breaststroke consolation final with a time of 2:06.

The men’s 400-free relay team led by Patino, Dixon, Krastev, and Boon took fourth overall in the finals with a time of 3:02.

Lady Knights

The St. Andrews women started the second day of the NAIA Championships with a fifth place finish from its 200-yard medley relay team. The relay team featured senior Xiomara Getrouw, freshman Chiara Knebelkamp, and juniors Tarryn Holmes and Choolwe Lourens. The Lady Knights took fifth place with a time of 1:48.

Getrouw was also named as all-American as she took fourth place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.61 seconds.

Junior Tarryn Holmes secured 11th place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.35 seconds. Holmes also had an 11th place in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 53.51 seconds.

The women’s 400 free relay team finished missed qualifying by one spot in the consolation finals with a final time of 3:44.


By Troy Baranik

SAU Sports Information Director

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