SCV News | Four more recruits come to TMU’s men’s swimming and diving program


Uploaded:, Tuesday, August 10, 2021

By the Master’s University

TMU Men’s Swimming & Diving has signed four more rookies, head coach and director of aquatics Gabe Woodward announcement. Darby Culver, JT Sears, Freddie Cole and Nilton Dos Santos de Oliveira will join the Mustangs starting this fall.

“Darby, JT, Freddie and Nilton will all have an immediate impact on the TMU men’s swimming and diving as they will each achieve the fastest time or highest score in one or more events in the history of the program,” said Woodward.

Culver, who plans to major in mechanical engineering, is set to become the first male diver in the history of the program.

“We are delighted to have him join our All-American diver Courtney Simpson, as well as our new first year diver Tyler Coffman,” said Woodward, referring to the two divers from the TMU women’s swim and dive team.

The San Ramon native, a recent California High School graduate, will benefit from his previous experience by winning a state championship in trampoline and tumbling.

“I would like to improve my skills and continue to learn new dives,” Culver said. “University master’s degree has everything I’m looking for in college. I look forward to the engineering offered at TMU while I am also excited about the dive team and the fact that it is a Christian college.

During his athletic career, Sears has been a multi-event qualifier for the United States Futures, an All-Cal League and CIF State Team winner, as well as a Section A finalist. of the CIF.

“JT brings our 200 and 500 fastest free times in program history,” said Woodward. “His 200 flies is Freddie Cole’s best time.”

The Sacramento native was the major of his class at El Sereno High School and plans to major in business administration with a focus on pre-law.

“My goals are to qualify for the NAIA National Championships and compete for the NAIA National Championships,” Sears said. “I chose the Master’s University because of the emphasis on spiritual growth, amazing academics and athletic opportunities.”

Cole, a three-time All-Cape Coast conference winner, hopes to compete for conference and national titles at TMU.

“Freddie also has our best times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in program history,” said Woodward of Cole’s fastest times, in addition to his best performance in the 200 butterfly.

The Titusville, Fla. Native, who hopes to pursue a career as a swim coach, said he appreciates the closeness and intimate environment of Masters.

“I grew up at home, so I wanted to be in a much smaller sports and academic environment. TMU ticks both of those boxes, ”Cole said. “Plus, I’ve always dreamed of being part of a program and a group of teammates who are serious about doing everything for the glory of the Lord and doing it the right way.”

Dos Santos de Oliveira, a recent McAllen High School graduate, is an 11-time District Champion, seven-time Regional Champion and three-time State Qualifier.

“Nilton will become the fastest 100 outfielder in program history and with a solid 100 freestyle, so he will have an immediate impact on our 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays,” said Woodward.

The McAllen, Texas native, who plans to major in the biological sciences in pursuit of a career in dentistry, said he hoped “to break records in honor of serving the Lord.”

“I chose the Master’s University because of the close relationship that is established with Christ and other believers,” said Santos de Oliveira. “I can’t wait to meet new people connected to the Lord and make friends with others while attending college. “

Woodward is excited about his new recruiting class.

“All four of us will score for us individually and help a lot in the relays,” said Woodward. “We are so excited that the Lord has drawn their hearts and their talent to the Master.”

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