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COLUMBUS, Ga. — St. Ambrose freshman Nathan Kuszynski finished off the season in style on Saturday, taking sixth place in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championships.

The finish was best by the first-year Fighting Bees’ men’s program in its debut at the national finals.

Kuszynski, a Batavia, Illinois, native from Marmion Academy, who previously finished ninth in the 400 individual medley, entered the meet seeded 19th in the race but earned his sixth-place finish with a time of 16 minutes, 7 seconds.

St. Ambrose also picked up points in the 400 freestyle relay, where the quartet of Jonathan Whittle, Jason Schuler, Josh Fleming and Alec Schanz combined to finish in 14th place in 3:13.28.

The Bees also picked up a 17th-place finish from David Hall in the 200 backstroke and 22nd-place efforts from Justin Fales in the 1,650 freestyle and from Whittle, a sophomore from Galesburg, in the 100 freestyle.

The effort led St. Ambrose to a 13th-place finish with 69 points in the men’s team race.

In women’s competition, the Bees finished 15th with 78 points.

Freshman Shraddha Sudhir contributed to that Saturday with a 13th-place finish in the 1,650. She cut more than 30 seconds off of her seed time by completing the race in 18:40.27.

The Bees also finished 22nd in the women’s 400 freestyle relay.

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