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St. Ambrose divers Andrea Adam, a freshman from Iowa City Regina, and Taylor Madison, a freshman from Rock Island, receive their awards after finishing 1-2 in one-meter diving at the NAIA National Championships in Columbus, Georgia, the first Bees to earn top national honors in the first-year program.


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Divers in the first-year swimming and diving program at St. Ambrose finished 1-2 in the country Thursday at the NAIA National Championships.

Andrea Adam, a freshman from Iowa City Regina, took first place in one-meter competition with a score of 230 in the finals while the Bees' Taylor Madison, a freshman from Rock Island, finished in second place in the event.

Madison topped her preliminary score of 196.8 by posting a 207.5 in the finals.

The pair accounted for all 37 team points St. Ambrose has collected after the first full day of competition, which runs through Saturday at the Columbus Aquatic Center.

The Bees, who qualified for the NAIA Championships in 10 events, are currently in 14th place in the women's standings.

With 18 entries in the national finals, the St. Ambrose men's team currently is in 12th place with 33 points.

The Bees were led Thursday by an eighth-place finish from Nathan Kuszynski in the 500-yard freestyle. The freshman from Batavia, Illinois, finished in 4 minutes, 37.3 seconds in the A finals.

St. Ambrose's other team points have come in relays, where the Bees finished 13th in the 200 and 800 freestyle events and took 14th in the 400 medley.

In the 200, Bees senior Mitchell Berendes from Davenport Central, sophomore Josh Fleming of Rock Island, junior Jason Schuler of Chicago St Patrick and sophomore Jonathan Whittle of Galesburg finished in 1 minute, 27.17 seconds.

Kuszynski, Whittle and freshmen Justin Fales and Noah Hoogestraat teamed up to finish the 800 in 7:16.88, while freshman David Hall joined Berendes, Fleming and Whittle in a 400 medley relay, which took 14th in 3:36.68.