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The Panola College men’s rodeo team won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association national championship, held in Casper Wyoming. Panola freshman Daylon Swearingen from Pifford, New York, won the national bull-riding championship.

CARTHAGE — The Panola College rodeo team, led by rookie Daylon Swearingen, racked up several awards during the season, including the Men’s National Championship.

Other awards inclued Bullriding National Championship (Swearingen), Bareback Reserve Champion (Tyler Johnson), Men’s Rookie of the Year (Swearingen), Tiedown Rookie of the Year (Macon Murphy) and Bullriding Rookie of the Year (Swearingen).

The Men’s team that represented Panola College at the CNFR included Swearingen, Bullriding; Johnson, Bareback; Murphy, Tiedown; Logan Cook, Saddlebronc; Clayton Lowery, teamroping; and Ross Freeman, bullriding.

“The team is made up of six incredible young men. I know exactly what type of effort and will that each one of them will give each day. We are so proud of them and what they have accomplished,” said coach Jeff Collins.

The Panola Men’s team, which also won the Southern Region, was well represented in the events.

Swearingen won the Bull Riding National Championship. He was fifth in the southern Region and also took home the honor of the Men’s Rookie of the Year and the NIRA Alumni Award of Rookie of the Year in Bullriding.

Johnson, sophomore Bareback Champion of the Southern Region, finished as the Reserve Champion in the bareback. Cook, the Southern Region’s All Around Champion, had qualified in saddle bronc and tie down.

This was Cook’s third year in a row to qualify for the CNFR, and ended up 10th in the saddlebronc after getting bucked off in the finals.

Coming into the finals the cowboy was sitting second in the nation. Then he had a tough go in the tie down and finished 29th.

Murphy qualified for the CNFR after finishing third in the Southern Region. He had a trouble in the first two rounds but showed out in the third round as he won the round with a quick 7.7 second roping, which was the fastest time of the entire rodeo. He was also honored by the Alumni for the Tiedown Rookie of the Year award.

Team Roper heeler Lowery and his partner Kasen McCall from SFA finished fourth in the Southern Region. They qualified for the finals in the eighth spot and ended up 12th after missing in the finals.

The final team member was sophomore Ross Freeman, who placed fourth in the Southern Region. Freeman qualified for the Finals in the 11th spot after only riding one bull in the first three rounds. He was unsuccessful on Finals night,