Azura Florida Aquatics Wins Plantation Speedo Sectionals

Photo Courtesy: Todd Schmitz

The Plantation stop of Speedo Sectionals wrapped up Sunday evening with top performers making more repeat appearances.

In the opening 200 meter butterfly Mabel Zavaros of Oakville Aquatic Club was just faster than AquaKids Sharks Swim Team’s Mary Smutny as the two touched in 2:14.13 and 2:14.85. Alena Kraus of Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville. (2:17.79) finished third.

University of Southern California commit Marta Ciesla faced some close competition in the 100 freestyle. The Pine Crest swimmer touched in 56.77. Southern Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding and Smutny were on her heels in 56.98 and 56.99.

Pine Crest’s Hannah Virgin then dominated the 200 breaststroke. The 16 year old posted a 2:36.28, over a second ahead of Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey in 2:38.09. An unattached Nicole Hunnewell was third in 2:39.89.

Georgia-Mae Hohmann of Gator Swim Club won the 200 backstroke with a 2:17.24. Her teammate Talia Bates finished third with a 2:20.38. Adair Sand of Bolles touched second (2:17.91).

In the 800 free Bolles’ Kensey McMahon cleared nine minutes with her 8:59.79. Anna Auld of East Coast Aquatic Club (9:01.67) was just behind. Grace Monahan from Kamehameha Swim Club finished third (9:18.70).

Azura Florida Aquatics’ Marcos Lavado was just quicker than Mack Darragh of Oakville in the men’s 200 butterfly as the two finished in 2:01.14 and 2:01.79. Sean Campsie of Gator Swim Club (2:07.09) placed third.

Corey Main of Gator Swim Club was first to the wall in the 100 freestyle with his 50.62 while Lavado finished second (51.68) and Performance Aquatics’ Runar Borgen (52.26) placed third.

Adan Diaz of Azura swam a swift 2:20.95 in the 200 breaststroke, three seconds faster than Izaak Bastian of Saint Andrew’s'(2:23.52). Hurricane Swim Club’s Julio Horrego (2:24.17) was third.

Jian Wang of Gator Swim club was well ahead in the 200 butterfly with a 2:05.34. Ricardo Roche of South Florida was runner up (2:09.79) while Saint Andrew’s’ Nicholas Sharp (2:11.47) finished third.

The men’s 1500 went to Colin Rockwell with a 16:17.39. Azura’s Bernardo Abascal was second (16:21.22) just ahead of Rafael Rodriguez in 16:22.06.

Azura Florida Aquatics won the combined meet with 2012 points. Kamehameha Swim club scored 1850.5 points for second and Pine Crest Swimming was third with 1666 points.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 So. Zone South Sectional Championships

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Christian Bart Sets Two Michigan Lower Peninsula Division 3 Records

Photo Courtesy: Mary Pruden

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Cranbrook Kingswood walked away with the victory in a tight team race at the Michigan Lower Peninsula Boys High School Division 3 Championships this weekend. The team scored 268 points while East Grand Rapids totaled 255 and Holland Christian earned 241.5 points for third.

Chelsea won the opening 200 medley relay. The team of Kurt JollyZach LeeLee Argir, and Joes Mangner posted a 1:34.71 to win the event. Cranbrook Kingswood’s Oliver CaffertyMatthew YangKevin Hao, and Michael McLaughlan were just behind, earning second in 1:35.07.

Notre Dame Prep’s Rudy Aguilar set a Division 3 record in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:37.37. Sykler Cook-Weeks of Holland Christian was runner up in 1:38.14. Cranbrook Kingswood’s Lucas Misra swam a 1:41.53 for third.

Cook-Weeks then stepped up with his own division record, winning the 500 freestyle in 4:26.96. Luke Mason of Holland Christian swam a 4:41.70 for runner up honors. Alma’s Kyle Lovas (4:44.14) finished third.

East Grand Rapids’ Christian Bart also posted a division record with a 20.64 50 freestyle. Chelsea’s Joey Mangner was just behind in 20.90 while Cameron Moran (21.09) of Dundee was third.

Bart set a second division record with a 55.82 100 breaststroke. Yang was second (57.64).

Augilar also won the 100 free in 45.71 while Misra (46.61) was second and Spring Lake’s Cam Peel (46.99) finished third.

Mason out touched Hao 1:52.79 to 1:52.93 for 200 IM victory. Marshall’s Mark Lang (1:55.83) was third.

Byron Center’s Nolan Briggs claimed the 100 butterfly in 49.85. While Holland Christian’s Riley CanMeter was out a half second faster than Moran, the two tied for second in 50.37.

Grant Williams of East Grand Rapids scored 456.65 points to win one meter diving while Cayden Petrak of St. Johns totaled 454.90 for second.

In 1:25.21 Chelsea also won the 200 freestyle relay with the quartet of Lee, Wes WickensCollin Babycz, and Mangner.

After leading off the second place 200 medley relay Cafferty was first to the wall in the 100 backstroke with a 50.72. Holland Christian’s Riley VanMeter finished second (52.36) and Spring Lake’s Joey Wachter (52.95) was third.

Holland Christian won the final 400 freestyle relay by two seconds. Mason, Jacob Jeeres, VanMeter and Cooks-Weeks turned in a 3:07.25. That relay was just a second shy of the division record, and did not have any seniors on it, leaving opportunity for next year.

Full results available here.

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Pre-Order The April Issue of Swimming World: Masters Swimmers of The Year and Water Polo

The April issue of Swimming World features a dynamic figure within the sport of water polo as we debut our first water polo cover since 2009.  Who will be the water polo player featured on the cover?

The April issue also showcases our annual World Masters Swimmers of The Year.  Each year, the staff at Swimming World enjoys celebrating the many accomplishments of masters swimmers by crowning the Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year.  

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In this fifth of a six-part series, Swimming World takes a look into the possible future of the American Swimming Team, beginning with learn-to-swim programs and progressing through more challenging levels of training that stress the importance of excellent technique, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance and a strong self-image.

2016 TOP 12 WORLD MASTERS SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR by Taylor Brien, David Rieder and Annie Grevers


None of Bradley Tandy’s success is accidental. Every step of his day leading up to a big race revolves around visions of future moments of triumph. Here’s a glimpse into the mind of South African Olympian Bradley Tandy on race day.


Most Olympians dream about competing in the Olympics by the time they’re 10 years old. But this water polo player didn’t start thinking about it until the year before Rio.  Subscribe to learn who this person is!


After being part of an American record-setting 4×100 free relay in his international debut at the 2015 Duel in the Pool, then winning four medals at last December’s World Short Course Championships, University of Missouri senior Michael Chadwick is hungry for more collegiate and global swimming success. Let’s see what this sprinting stud consumes to keep his body moving at lightning speeds.



Moving from short course to long course training presents challenges for swimmers and coaches alike. With long course on the horizon, it now becomes incumbent on coaches to ease swimmers effectively and seamlessly from one season to the next.



This month’s misconception is that “total training distance” is the best indicator of the value of a training session. In reality, the total distance typically includes many strokes executed with a less than optimal technique that do not comply with the coach’s instructions.

WHOOP! (THERE IT IS) by Michael J. Stott

College coaches are examining a new way to help change habits and alter the way they and their athletes look at sleep. The device, in bracelet form, is called WHOOP. It was used by some American Olympians in Rio, and has found favor with more than 50 college sports programs across the United States.







Neuroscience is a fancy way of saying that your brain and your body can—and should—work together as a team in helping you to realize your full potential.






NOTE: Complete coverage of NCAA Championships will be featured in the May issue of Swimming World Magazine.

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CSCAA Announces 2017 NCAA D2 Swimming & Diving Championship Award Recipients

Marius Kusch – Photo Courtesy: Queens Athletics

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announces the following award recipients from the 2017 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.

Diving Awards:

The CSCAA DII Female Diver of the Year Award was presented to Monica Amaral from the University of West Florida helping her team to a 6th place finish, matching their placing from 2016.  The DII Male diver of the year was Brad Dalrymple from Grand Valley State University.  Dalrymple finished first on 3-meter diving with a score of 513.70 and was runner-up in 1-meter diving on helping the Lakers finish 5th in the team standings.  Amaral swept both boards winning the 3-Meter competition with a score of 505.20 and scored 478.25 on the 1-Meter board.

Grand Valley State diving coach, Steve Burciaga earned his second straight CSCAA DII Men’s Diving Coach of the Year honor after mentoring Brad Dalrymple to an NCAA Championship on 3-Meter.  Kelly LaCroix from Wayne State University was named the CSCAA DII Women’s Team Diving Coach of the year for the third time in five years.

Swimming Awards:

After setting records in three individual awards and winning a fourth, the University of West Florida’s Theresa Michalakwas named the CSCAA DII NCAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year.  Michalak won all four of the 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast, and 100 fly with new records in the 100 free, 100 breast, and 100 fly. Michalak was also key to the performances of UWF’s 200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free relays.

Marius Kusch, from Queens University of Charlotte, was named the CSCAA DII Male Swimmer of the Year after winning 3 individual events and leading his team to their third NCAA DII Championship. Kusch established a new DII record in the 200 Butterfly (1:42.04) and was a contributed to three new NCAA DII Relay Records in the 400 Freestyle, 400 Medley and 800 Freestyle Relays.

Brian Reynolds of Drury University won the CSCAA DII Women’s Team Coach of the Year after leading his team to a second place finish. This is Reynolds fourth CSCAA Women’s Coach of the Year honor.

Queens University head coach Jeff Dugdale was named the CSCAA DII Men’s Team Coach of the Year after leading his team to a third consecutive first place finish.  Dugdale’s men’s and women’s teams have established the gold standard in DII for the past three years.  Dugdale was honored as the CSCAA DII coach of the year for both men and women in 2015.

Press release courtesy of CSCAA

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Dexter Edges Ann Arbor Huron For Michigan LP Boys D2 Title

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Dexter scored 20 more points than Ann Arbor Huron to win the Michigan Lower Peninsula Division 2 boys high school state championship this weekend, posting 284 points to Ann Arbor Huron’s 256.5 points.

Dexter started the meet with a substantial victory in the 200 medley relay as Alex ShehabSam KrahnNiklas Eberly, and Alex Janosi touched in 1:34.42.

Portage Central’s Owen Miller narrowly won the 200 freestyle, touching in 1:41.30, just a tenth faster than Eberly in 1:41.40. Rochester Adams’ Graham Miotke was third in 1:42.13.

Freshman Alexander Capizzo of Fraser won the 200 IM in 1:50.21, a half second ahead of Ann Arbor Huron’s Noah Frassrand in 1:50.78. Capizzo later held off Rochester Adams’ Graham Miotke for the 500 freestyle as the two turned in times of 4:29.06 to 4:30.39.

Frassrand captured a state title with his 57.51 100 breaststroke, just quicker than Birmingham Groves’ Patrick Seidel (57.73).

The 50 freestyle title went to Ryan Lawrence of Birmingham Seaholm in 20.55. Jack Bruce of University of Detroit Jesuit was runner up with his 20.85 while Ann Arbor Huron duo Ji Ho Hyun (21.29) and Adam Moskus (21.30) were third and fourth.

Lawrence then returned to claim the 100 freestyle title in 44.94 ahead of Hyun (45.93) and Bruce (46.09).

Michael Arpasi of Birmingham Seaholm edged Eberly 50.24 to 50.53 for the 100 butterfly crown.

Arpasi, Joe GirdlerNolan Grout and Lawrence won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:25.74, a half second ahead of Frassrand, Jonathan WangJason Hires, and Hyun of Ann Arbor Huran in 1:26.15.

De La Salle Collegiate’s Zach Milke (50.40) finished a second ahead of Kaden Schwaiger of Walled Lake Northern (51.41) and Temperance-Bedford’s Kevin Lingle (51.43) in the 100 backstroke.

Moskus, Hires, Lucas Holcombe, and Hyun swam a 3:08.75 for 400 freestyle relay gold for Ann Arbor Huron.

Full results available here.

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Camden Murphy Clocks 100 Fly State Record at Michigan Lower Peninsula D1 States

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Michigan high school swimming wrapped up this weekend with the boys lower peninsula state championships.

Birmingham Brother Rice won the Division 1 meet with 238 points to Ann Arbor Skyline’s 212 points. Birmingham Brother Rice opened and closed the meet with relay victories.

The team of Mason WilczewskiAndrew BiskupAlex Margherio, and Jack Grady combined for a 1:31.72 in the 200 medley relay, a win by over a second. Grady, Patrick Olmstead, Wilczewski, and Margherio later teamed up for a 3:04.23 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Saline’s Matt LauJosh WillwerthGreg Wenning, and Daniel Keith turned in a 1:25.01 to claim the 200 freestyle relay.

Hollan West Ottawa senior Spencer Carl was a double winner, posting a 1:37.08 in the 200 freestyle and a dominating 4:26.89 in the 500 freestyle. Keith joined him under 1:40 in the 200 freestyle with a 1:39.31.

Another senior won the 200 IM, Novi’s Camden Murphy in 1:48.99. Ann Arbor Skyline’s David Cleason picked up his first of two runner up honors with a 1:50.18. He went on to snag 500 freestyle silver in 4:34.09.

Murphy also topped the 100 butterfly with a Division I and All Class record of 46.63. The senior will now head to NCSA Junior Nationals where he is the top seed in the event. Margherio swam a 47.51 for second.

FH Central’s Henry Schutte earned the sprint freestyle double with a 20.38 in the 50 and a 45.27 in the 100. He was followed by Zeeland High School teammates Gabriel Trevino (20.62) and Austin Mills (20.91) in the 50. Trevino added a 100 silver, just .02 back in 45.29. Keith finished third (45.36).

Ann Arbor Skyline’s Wm. Henry Schirmer scored 470.15 points to win the one meter diving title.

Margherio returned from his runner up finish in the 100 fly to capture 100 backstroke gold in 48.46. Derek Maas of Holland West Ottawa was second with a 50.38, just three tenths ahead of Wilczewski (50.66).

Full results available here.

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2017 NCAA Division II Nationals: Queens Makes It 3 Straight NCAA Titles

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The 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships came to a conclusion this Saturday, with Queens University of Charlotte claiming both the men and women’s team championships. That makes three straight NCAA victories for both the men and the women of Queens. You can see the recap of the final night of competition here, and see live results from all sessions here. Recaps from all sessions can also be found on our 2016-2017 Division II Landing Page.

The Queens women had a hard fought battle against Drury throughout the meet, going into the second and third days virtually tied. But the Royals pulled away with a strong third day, ending up grabbing the win 467 points over Drury’s second place 385. Wingate made up some ground on the last day to finish in third with 346 points.

For the men, Queens took control right from day one with a substantial points lead that they only build over the four day meet. They ended up with 563.5 points, more than 200 points ahead of runner-up Drury. Nova Southeastern used a strong last two days to vault themselves into third with 313 points.

Over the course of the four day meet a total of twelve NCAA records were broken, several multiple times between prelims and finals.

Drury was impressive throughout the meet, opening the meet with a new NCAA record in the 200 medley relay, while freshman Bailee Nunn had a record-breaking week herself, setting new marks in the 50 free and 200 breast in addition to her relay contribution.

West Florida senior Theresa Michalak had one of the most impressive meets of anybody, winning four individual NCAA titles in the 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, and 100 freestyle. Her times in the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, and 100 freestyle also established new NCAA records. Michalak was named Female Swimmer of the Meet for her performance, while her teammate Monica Amaral was named Female Diver of the Meet after winning both boards.

West Chester Georgia Wright broke the first individual record of the meet, opening the first night of finals with a new NCAA record in the 1000 free. In her last race of her collegiate career, Queens senior Hannah Peiffer established a new NCAA record in the 200 back.

Queens sophomore Marius Kusch was a standout on the men’s side, winning the 200 IM, 200 butterfly, and 100 free in addition to joining on record setting 400 medley, 400 free, and 800 free relays. Kusch’s time in the 200 butterfly was also a new NCAA record in the event, erasing former Queens swimmer Matthew Josa’s 2014 record. Kusch was named Male Swimmer of the Meet for his performances, while Brad Dalrymple from Grand valley State University was named Male Diver of the Meet.

The Queens’ men had a record breaking weekend with their relays, establishing new NCAA records in the 200 medley, 400 medley, 400 free, and 800 free relays.

Coaching honors went to Brian Reynolds of Drury for the Women’s Coach of the Year and Jeff Dugdale of Queens was named Men’s Coach of the Year.

Top 5 Women’s Team Scores

  1. Queens 467
  2. Drury 385
  3. Wingate 346
  4. Nova S’Eastern 250
  5. Lindenwood 212

Top 5 Men’s Team Scores

  1. Queens 563.5
  2. Drury 350
  3. Nova S’Eastern 313
  4. Florida Southern 265
  5. Grand Valley 255

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Morning Splash: Embracing the Finality and Intensity of the NCAA Championships

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By David Rieder.

Exactly seven months ago, a teary-eyed Katie Ledecky stood in the mixed zone in Rio after winning her fourth gold medal at the Olympic Games. After a long but wildly successful week, the 19-year-old was reflective as her four-year journey to those Games had come to an end.

After a few minutes, one reporter asked Ledecky to comment on her future.

“I can’t wait to be part of the Stanford team, set some team goals and some individual goals and have a lot of fun,” she responded.

Getting back in the present, that’s exactly what has happened. Ledecky has already broken more records—four short course yards American records, to be exact—and the Cardinal team has already won a Pac-12 team championship. But the biggest goals for Stanford and every other Division I team in the country involve one of two upcoming meets in Indianapolis.

That would be the NCAA championships, March 15-18 for the women and March 22-25 for the men. The meets each begin with a Wednesday night cameo before three intense and emotional days of racing that can include up to 14 total races for some swimmers. And these championship meets have a sense of finality to them that nearly all other swim meets lack.

Well, you might argue, three-quarters of the swimmers competing are not seniors and will be back for another season. Yes, that’s true, and a small minority of the seniors will keep on competing through this summer’s long course season and beyond.

But that’s not the point. Almost every swim meet, even a championship meet, is a lead-up to something else. Not NCAAs.

In college swimming, that’s dual meet season, the mid-season invitationals and the conference championships, where athletes are focused on attaining for NCAA qualifying times. In long course swimming, anything aside from the Olympics—even a national championship or a World Championships—can be seen as a preparation meet for something.

Think back to the last significant meet held in Indianapolis—which took place all of eight days ago. At the arena Pro Swim Series event at the same IUPUI Natatorium, the places hardly mattered. Sure, prize money and series points were at stake, but history will have little room for who made the podium at a meet that didn’t even hand out awards.

Vladimir Morozov and Marcelo Cherighini missed the A-final of the 100 free? Okay, well they still had a shot to swim in the B-final, and they each finished in 49.56, a perfectly respectable effort for early March.

At the NCAA championships, second chances exist, but the consolation finals are not so forgiving. At the women’s meet last year, Olivia Smoliga finished tenth in the prelims of the 100 back, and that meant there was no way she could score more than nine points in the event. If she had made the A-final, anything aside from a disqualification would have resulted in 11 or more points.

Sure enough, Smoliga won the B-final in 50.58, faster than any swimmer in the A-final aside from Rachel Bootsma. Instead of the 17 points she would have received as the runner-up, she picked up nine.

That miss didn’t end up coming back to bite Smoliga’s Georgia Bulldogs, who went on to finish 19 points ahead of Stanford to win the national championship, the program’s third title in four years.

But it could have—in 2010, the Florida women won the national title by a mere 2.5 points.

Obviously, plenty of us analysts out there will put time and energy into trying to figure out how so-and-so’s short course yards time will translate into the long course pool, but that’s a conversation for much later.

During the meet, records are great—and undoubtedly, plenty will be broken over the next two weeks in Indy—but ultimately meaningless to the ultimate goal: the team race.

For the first time since the Olympic Games, the results—the places, that is—will matter above all for every single swimmer. Even during conference championships, this wasn’t the case, as plenty of swimmers were aiming for their NCAA qualifying times, and some teams (think Georgia and Missouri) deliberately held back on their tapers.

Stanford coach Greg Meehan even admitted that Ledecky swam a 400 IM-200 free double at Pac-12s with the future in mind, considering she might be placed into such uncomfortable situations at the World Championships.

No such chances taken at NCAAs. Ledecky broke the American record in the 400 IM at Pac-12s and would be seeded first in that event by almost three seconds at NCAAs. But instrad, she is entered in the 200, 500 and 1650 free, the events that Meehan believed would optimize the Cardinal’s point totals.

What the NCAA meets have that so many others lack is a sense of finality—no one is working for some other meet down the pipe. That was the case even last season, when Canadian swimmers were mere weeks away from the Olympic Trials. Just ask Brittany MacLean how much it meant to her to win the NCAA title in the 200 free or to lead Georgia to a team championship as a senior. (Answer: a lot.)

The points race even takes utmost importance for the Olympians that will be in action, and there will be many. Nine U.S. Olympians from 2016 will compete at the women’s meet, while 11 men will be in Indy a week later (up from the two male American Olympians that returned to the NCAA meet in 2013).

With the intensity, drama and level of competition of the NCAA championships, it figures to be a fun two-week stretch coming up in Indianapolis.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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Molacek and Howell Own Night 3 of Columbia Speedo Sectionals

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By Katie Wingert, Swimming World College Intern. 

Jacob Molacek touched out Michael Andrew twice, and Liberty Howell celebrated another distance title on the third night of Speedo Sectionals in Columbia.

The night started off with a strong swim by Greater Nebraska’s Caroline Theil, who demolished her competition with a serviceable 2:01.14. Fellow breaststroker Nicole Williams of Columbia Swim Club used her aptitude in the third leg of the race to eek out the silver and a 2:03.99. She touched out 13-year-old Kate McCarville of Springfield Aquatics, last night’s victor in the 400, by a mere hundredth of a second.

Meanwhile, the Race Pace Club’s Andrew blazed to predictable victory in the men’s 200 IM. His time of 1:43.27 is just shy of his best–1:42.77–but the swim still placed him a whopping six seconds ahead of the pack. Dane Florea of Columbia Swim Club, fresh off his win in the 400 IM last night, charged just ahead of Wichita Swim Club’s Benjamin Patton, who he had been trailing for most of the race, with an aggressive 25.52 freestyle leg. Florea squeezed in for silver in 1:49.86 and was tightly followed by Patton at 1:49.93.

The tight finishes continued in the women’s 50 freestyle. Iliana Jones of the University of Missouri topped the field with a 22.91. Close behind her, Bailey Grinter of Edwardsville YMCA, who has committed to Tennessee, stopped the clock in 22.96. Megan Keil of Wichita Aqua Shocks lost to Grinter by the blink of an eye; she earned bronze with a 22.98.

On the men’s side, Andrew dueled once again with Great Omaha’s Jacob Molacek. In a repeat of the turn of events last night, when Andrew swam the back-to-back 100 breast and 100 fly and lost his second race to Molacek, tonight Molacek once again beat out Andrew, fresh out of the 200 IM. Molacek dropped only a hundredth from the morning for a 19.08, while Andrew dropped 0.23 from the morning, for a 19.31. Oklahoma Baptist University’s Julien Goyetche closed in for the bronze with a 19.97.

In the 200 breaststroke, Hanna Newby looked for redemption after a close loss to Columbia Swim Club’s Nicole Williams last night in the 100. Despite being led for most of the race by Evie Pfeifer of Columbia, in the final fifty yards, Newby brought home the race for a 2:13.65. Despite losing out on the gold, the Columbia breaststrokers still came away with podium spots; Peifer was just behind Newby, in 2:13.82, and Williams hit the pad in 2:16.40 for third.

In the men’s race, Fernando Morillas, swimming unattached, held his top seed from the morning to dominate the field. His 1:58.46 was bolstered by consistent splits: 26.97, 30.09, 30.35, and 31.05. The University of Missouri’s Nick Staver, the runner-up in last night’s 100 breaststroke, once again claimed silver in the longer breaststroke event, in 2:00.82. Samuel Drew of Empire KC Swim Club rounded out the group in 2:02.54.

Kylie Dahlgren, swimming under the University of Missouri banner, led the way for the entire 100 backstsroke, for the race-winning time of 53.40. Her teammate, Samantha Wilts, held near, but it was Columbia Swim Club’s Pfeifer, just off the 200 breast, who closed the race for silver and a speedy 53.74. Wilts claimed third with a 54.27.

The men’s backstroke brought Molacek another victory, while Andrew showed the effects of his two prior races. Molacek won gold in 47.08, and Nick Alexander of University of Missouri nabbed the silver in 47.44, just ahead of Rockwood Swim Club’s Jack Dolan. Andrew barely snuck in for fourth.

In the final individual event of the evening, the 500 freestyle, it was SwimTulsa’s Howell who claimed gold and defended her title as the meet’s distance female distance force. Howell was threatened once again, just as in the 1000, by the Kansas City Blazers’ Katherine Sullivan, whose first three hundreds earned her a solid lead and an impressive end time of 4:51.97. Howell rallied in the final 200, however, for 4:51.81 and the gold. Katelyn Blattner of the Wichita Aqua Shocks was the next closest competitor, in 4:54.74.

The men’s field was more wide open, with Kevin Callan of Trident Aquatics blowing away his competitors for a final time of 4:14.66. While Callan caught his breath, Empire KC Swim Club’s William Bresette just touched out Columbia Swim Club’s Florea. Florea swam a strong back half for a 4:27.79, but it was Bresette who got his hand into the wall for silver and a 4:27.86.

In the women’s 400 medley relay, victory went to the Clayton Shaw Tideriders, in 3:46. thanks in no small part to an impressive breaststroke leg (1:02.45) swam by Pfeifer. Parkway Swim Club, bolstered by Karisa Franz in the butterfly leg (53.91) was good for silver, in 3:48.19. The host team, Columbia Swim Club, was not far behind, in 3:48.80.

The men’s 400 medley relay finished out the night with an upset; Oklahoma Baptist University (3:19.62) beat out Greater Omaha Aquatics (3:21.73) for gold. Greater Omaha had Molacek swimming backstroke, but OBU’s Goyeteche was better rested for the task. Thomas Peterson built on Goyeteche’s work with a 56.76 in the breast. GOAL’s Colin Lafave put in a valiant effort in the fly (57.67), but ultimately OBU’s Austin Saunders (45.63), in the anchor role, was able to put the cherry on top of OBU’s steady effort. Parkway Swim Club snagged the third rank, in 3:25.53, just ahead of River City Aquatics.

The Columbia excitement will reach its peak tomorrow, on the final day of the meet, with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 fly, 1650, and 400 free relay.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 Speedo Sectionals Championship Series

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Queens Lowers Relay Record As Royals Win Third Consecutive Team Title

Photo Courtesy: Kyle Staggs

Women’s 400 Free Relay

Drury pulled off a win in the final event of the evening, with the team of Zuzanna Chwadeczko (50.30), Vera Johansson (50.53), Yekaterina Rudenko (50.61), and Bailee Nunn (48.59) finishing in 3:20.03 to take the top spot on the podium. They were followed closely by Wingate, who finished in 3:20.77 courtesy of a 48.88 anchor leg from Alexis Divelbiss. 

Queens finished 3rd in 3:21.30, but the Royals were already secured the overall team championship going into the final event. With their 3rd place finish, the Queens women won their third consecutive NCAA Championship with a total of 467 points, 82 points ahead of runner-up Drury.

 Event 41  Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
  Division II: R 3:18.75  3/14/2015 Queens (NC)
                          Castro Ortega, Gordy, Marshall, Arakelian
    School                              Prelims     Finals Points 
                           === Championship Finals ===                            
  1 Drury                               3:22.73    3:20.03   40  
     1) Zuzanna Chwadeczko JR         2) r:0.21 Vera Johansson JR     
     3) r:0.52 Yekaterina Rudenko JR  4) r:0.43 Bailee Nunn FR        
             23.96        50.30 (50.30)
        1:14.20 (23.90)     1:40.83 (50.53)
        2:04.89 (24.06)     2:31.44 (50.61)
        2:54.63 (23.19)     3:20.03 (48.59)
  2 Wingate                             3:21.24    3:20.77   34  
     1) Hanna Van Horen SO            2) r:0.25 Maria Madsen SO       
     3) r:0.24 Abby Kosic FR          4) r:0.20 Alexis Divelbiss JR   
             24.36        50.57 (50.57)
        1:14.48 (23.91)     1:40.96 (50.39)
        2:04.82 (23.86)     2:31.89 (50.93)
        2:54.87 (22.98)     3:20.77 (48.88)
  3 Queens (NC)                         3:23.79    3:21.30   32  
     1) Josephina Lorda SO            2) r:0.41 Kyrie Dobson SO       
     3) r:0.41 Lara Marshall JR       4) r:0.22 Mckenzie Stevens JR   
             24.19        50.25 (50.25)
        1:13.90 (23.65)     1:40.29 (50.04)
        2:04.32 (24.03)     2:31.10 (50.81)
        2:54.72 (23.62)     3:21.30 (50.20)
  4 West Florida                        3:25.36    3:23.03   30  
     1) Theresa Michalak SR           2) r:0.32 Danica Burnett JR     
     3) r:0.36 Tabitha Read-Cayton FR 4) r:0.46 Rebecca Halfast SR    
             23.98        49.07 (49.07)
        1:13.17 (24.10)     1:40.99 (51.92)
        2:04.82 (23.83)     2:31.73 (50.74)
        2:56.08 (24.35)     3:23.03 (51.30)
  5 Bridgeport                          3:24.18    3:23.11   28  
     1) Oksana Marchuk FR             2) r:0.34 Nina Stegu SO         
     3) r:0.47 Yekaterina Gakhidze SR 4) r:0.35 Rebeka Repman JR      
             24.43        50.28 (50.28)
        1:14.48 (24.20)     1:41.27 (50.99)
        2:05.55 (24.28)     2:32.55 (51.28)
        2:56.65 (24.10)     3:23.11 (50.56)
  6 MSU Mankato                         3:24.30    3:23.74   26  
     1) Taylor Bass JR                2) r:+0.20 Cecilia Hake JR      
     3) r:+0.45 Chelsea Calhoon JR    4) r:0.52 Cheyenne Rova SR      
             24.88        51.73 (51.73)
        1:15.54 (23.81)     1:42.15 (50.42)
        2:06.61 (24.46)     2:33.84 (51.69)
        2:57.95 (24.11)     3:23.74 (49.90)
  7 Nova S'eastern                      3:25.13    3:23.95   24  
     1) Sydney Panzarino JR           2) r:0.17 Emma Wahlstrom SR     
     3) r:0.22 Brooke Munion SR       4) r:0.49 Caroline Oster SO     
             24.79        51.61 (51.61)
        1:15.24 (23.63)     1:41.26 (49.65)
        2:06.00 (24.74)     2:32.80 (51.54)
        2:57.12 (24.32)     3:23.95 (51.15)
  8 Lindenwood                          3:24.65    3:24.60   22  
     1) Morgan Fischer SO             2) r:0.20 Kinga Lesinska JR     
     3) r:0.40 Simone de Rijcke SO    4) r:0.38 Bethany Steffes SR    
             24.65        51.51 (51.51)
        1:15.21 (23.70)     1:42.24 (50.73)
        2:06.88 (24.64)     2:33.50 (51.26)
        2:57.62 (24.12)     3:24.60 (51.10)
                            === Consolation Finals ===                            
  9 Wayne State                         3:26.09    3:24.29   18  
     1) Lezlie Bueno Estrada SO       2) r:0.15 Emily Heitchue SR     
     3) r:0.25 Brenna Gabrielson SR   4) r:0.55 Meghan Lamb JR        
             24.39        51.12 (51.12)
        1:15.31 (24.19)     1:41.92 (50.80)
        2:06.02 (24.10)     2:32.86 (50.94)
        2:57.74 (24.88)     3:24.29 (51.43)
 10 Fresno Pacific                      3:26.11    3:25.46   14  
     1) Samantha Woo JR               2) r:0.27 Matlyn Morris SR      
     3) r:0.29 Olivia Hynes JR        4) r:0.04 Laura Fornshell FR    
             24.95        52.06 (52.06)
        1:16.40 (24.34)     1:43.37 (51.31)
        2:07.74 (24.37)     2:35.24 (51.87)
        2:59.33 (24.09)     3:25.46 (50.22)
 11 Cal State East B                    3:26.53    3:26.51   12  
     1) Madison Gail-Hauaino SR       2) r:0.41 Morgan McClure JR     
     3) r:0.28 Vivy Hua SO            4) r:0.21 Shelby Parker JR      
             24.85        51.81 (51.81)
        1:16.15 (24.34)     1:42.91 (51.10)
        2:07.14 (24.23)     2:34.36 (51.45)
        2:58.82 (24.46)     3:26.51 (52.15)
 12 Carson-Newman                       3:27.46    3:26.83   10  
     1) Lisa Postma SO                2) r:0.31 Lexy Raybon JR        
     3) r:0.38 Elly Culp SO           4) r:0.26 Margaret Stansberry JR
             24.37        51.39 (51.39)
        1:16.48 (25.09)     1:44.03 (52.64)
        2:08.54 (24.51)     2:36.03 (52.00)
        3:00.18 (24.15)     3:26.83 (50.80)
 13 St. Cloud St.                       3:27.28    3:27.03    8  
     1) Bridget Opdahl SR             2) r:0.26 Emily Tiedemann SR    
     3) r:0.37 Chelsea Gehrke FR      4) r:0.30 Andrea Bryson JR      
             24.68        51.75 (51.75)
        1:16.65 (24.90)     1:44.37 (52.62)
        2:09.22 (24.85)     2:35.98 (51.61)
        3:00.33 (24.35)     3:27.03 (51.05)
 14 TAMPA                               3:27.00    3:27.17    6  
     1) Megan Waddell FR              2) r:0.35 Molly O'Hara FR       
     3) r:0.15 Sophie Long JR         4) r:0.04 Marisa Barton SR      
             25.36        51.95 (51.95)
        1:16.56 (24.61)     1:44.23 (52.28)
        2:08.68 (24.45)     2:35.94 (51.71)
        3:00.25 (24.31)     3:27.17 (51.23)
 15 UCSD                                3:26.38    3:27.51    4  
     1) Haley Murphy JR               2) r:0.30 Jayna Wittenbrink JR  
     3) r:0.08 Sarah Yao JR           4) r:0.11 Natalie Tang SR       
             24.76        51.35 (51.35)
        1:16.18 (24.83)     1:43.67 (52.32)
        2:08.40 (24.73)     2:36.00 (52.33)
        3:00.36 (24.36)     3:27.51 (51.51)
 16 Truman State                        3:27.23    3:28.00    2  
     1) Alison Strickler SR           2) r:0.20 Nicole Sisson JR      
     3) r:0.38 Evyn Spencer SR        4) r:0.34 Jamie Fitzpatrick JR  
             25.19        51.77 (51.77)
        1:16.57 (24.80)     1:44.29 (52.52)
        2:08.81 (24.52)     2:36.20 (51.91)
        3:01.03 (24.83)     3:28.00 (51.80)

Men’s 400 Free Relay

Queens took their relay record from this morning even lower in finals, posting a 2:53.00 to take nearly a second off of their new NCAA record. The team of Marius Kusch (43.06), Dion Dreesens (42.39), Ben Mayes (43.61), and Nick Arakelian (43.94) came together to record the fastest time in Division 2 history and beat the rest of the field by 2 seconds.

Dreesens split of 42.39 was a big difference-maker from this morning’s relay and accounted for nearly all of the time dropped. He was the fastest split of the field and the only swimmer to split under 43 seconds. In 2nd was Wingate with a 2:55.01, while Florida Southern finished in 3rd with a 2:56.01. With their win, Queens solidified their third consecutive NCAA win, totaling 563.5 points.

 Event 42  Men 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
  Division II: R 2:53.89  3/11/2017 Queens (NC)
                          Dreesens, Kusch, Mayes, Arakelian
    School                              Prelims     Finals Points 
                           === Championship Finals ===                            
  1 Queens (NC)                         2:53.89    2:53.00R  40  
     1) Marius Kusch SO               2) r:0.28 Dion Dreesens SR      
     3) r:0.41 Ben Mayes JR           4) r:0.29 Nicholas Arakelian JR 
             20.67        43.06 (43.06)
        1:03.13 (20.07)     1:25.45 (42.39)
        1:45.75 (20.30)     2:09.06 (43.61)
        2:30.14 (21.08)     2:53.00 (43.94)
  2 Wingate                             2:55.51    2:55.01   34  
     1) Lennart Queiss SO             2) r:0.38 Sebastian Holmberg JR 
     3) r:0.24 Mehdi Zeraidi SR       4) r:0.25 Leif-Henning Klever SR
             20.91        43.94 (43.94)
        1:04.65 (20.71)     1:27.53 (43.59)
        1:48.21 (20.68)     2:11.58 (44.05)
        2:31.90 (20.32)     2:55.01 (43.43)
  3 Florida Southern                    2:57.18    2:56.01   32  
     1) Noah Franz JR                 2) r:0.40 Diego Gimenez SR      
     3) r:0.53 Antonio Nunez-Aarez SO 4) r:0.28 Marco Palacios SR     
             21.20        44.54 (44.54)
        1:05.20 (20.66)     1:28.69 (44.15)
        1:49.93 (21.24)     2:12.77 (44.08)
        2:32.91 (20.14)     2:56.01 (43.24)
  4 Nova S'eastern                      2:55.89    2:56.18   30  
     1) Thiago Sickert SR             2) r:0.28 Julian Coster SO      
     3) r:0.28 Victor Tarin SR        4) r:0.34 Malique Elder JR      
             20.81        43.56 (43.56)
        1:04.60 (21.04)     1:28.06 (44.50)
        1:48.85 (20.79)     2:12.48 (44.42)
        2:32.83 (20.35)     2:56.18 (43.70)
  5 Drury                               2:58.18    2:56.24   28  
     1) Daniel Rzadkowski SR          2) r:0.21 Joan Casanovas FR     
     3) r:0.44 Konrad Stepien FR      4) r:0.24 Rodrigo Caceres JR    
             20.90        44.31 (44.31)
        1:04.99 (20.68)     1:28.06 (43.75)
        1:49.37 (21.31)     2:12.37 (44.31)
        2:32.79 (20.42)     2:56.24 (43.87)
  6 Florida Tech                        2:57.69    2:56.45   26  
     1) Nir Barnea SR                 2) r:0.37 Victor Rocha Futado SO
     3) r:0.41 Filip Dujmic SO        4) r:0.21 Thomas Steenberg JR   
             20.86        44.93 (44.93)
        1:05.53 (20.60)     1:28.04 (43.11)
        1:48.47 (20.43)     2:11.94 (43.90)
        2:32.77 (20.83)     2:56.45 (44.51)
  7 Missouri S & T                      2:58.73    2:58.76   24  
     1) Kevin McPherson SO            2) r:0.36 Jonathan Glaser SR    
     3) r:0.34 Eirik Nielsen JR       4) r:0.37 Morgan Meyer FR       
             21.74        45.59 (45.59)
        1:06.65 (21.06)     1:29.82 (44.23)
        1:51.34 (21.52)     2:14.75 (44.93)
        2:35.86 (21.11)     2:58.76 (44.01)
  8 Bloomsburg                          2:58.08    3:01.93   22  
     1) Eric Usbeck SR                2) r:0.32 Ryan Paisley JR       
     3) r:0.38 Jordan Wyant FR        4) r:0.34 A. J. Brady SR        
             21.62        45.71 (45.71)
        1:07.03 (21.32)     1:31.14 (45.43)
        1:52.27 (21.13)     2:16.44 (45.30)
        2:37.95 (21.51)     3:01.93 (45.49)
                            === Consolation Finals ===                            
  9 Grand Valley                        2:58.91    2:57.64   18  
     1) Gabriel Souza JR              2) r:0.08 Danny Abbott SR       
     3) r:0.13 Jonathan Ham SO        4) r:0.22 Benjamin Walling SO   
             21.01        44.58 (44.58)
        1:05.24 (20.66)     1:28.39 (43.81)
        1:49.74 (21.35)     2:13.97 (45.58)
        2:34.74 (20.77)     2:57.64 (43.67)
 10 TAMPA                               3:00.14    2:59.21   14  
     1) Marc-Oliver Caron SO          2) r:0.19 Martin Hammer SR      
     3) r:0.20 Ethan Harrington FR    4) r:0.32 Aaron James FR        
             22.20        45.78 (45.78)
        1:06.73 (20.95)     1:29.25 (43.47)
        1:50.31 (21.06)     2:14.14 (44.89)
        2:35.60 (21.46)     2:59.21 (45.07)
 11 Cal Baptist                         3:00.00    2:59.46   12  
     1) Brandon Schuster FR           2) r:0.39 Justin Quiroga SO     
     3) r:0.33 David Ring SR          4) r:0.39 Alexis Ohmar JR       
             21.76        45.14 (45.14)
        1:06.64 (21.50)     1:30.44 (45.30)
        1:51.73 (21.29)     2:15.13 (44.69)
        2:36.34 (21.21)     2:59.46 (44.33)
 12 Indy                                3:00.33    2:59.58   10  
     1) Guilherme Zavaneli SO         2) r:0.36 Deme Haholiades SO    
     3) r:0.26 Rodrigo Codo Berti SO  4) r:0.12 Ante Lucev FR         
             21.60        44.88 (44.88)
        1:06.63 (21.75)     1:30.44 (45.56)
        1:51.62 (21.18)     2:14.98 (44.54)
        2:35.81 (20.83)     2:59.58 (44.60)
 13 McKendree                           3:00.37    2:59.70    8  
     1) Matija Pucarevic FR           2) r:0.22 Peyton Shafto FR      
     3) r:0.19 Daniel Buijs SO        4) r:0.24 Luca Simonetti FR     
             20.76        43.79 (43.79)
        1:05.30 (21.51)     1:29.71 (45.92)
        1:51.32 (21.61)     2:15.09 (45.38)
        2:36.26 (21.17)     2:59.70 (44.61)
 14 Lindenwood                          3:00.04    2:59.84    6  
     1) Joao Silveira FR              2) r:0.36 Felix Eigel SR        
     3) r:0.50 Matheus Isidro FR      4) r:0.24 James Watson JR       
             21.39        45.08 (45.08)
        1:06.79 (21.71)     1:30.32 (45.24)
        1:51.83 (21.51)     2:15.53 (45.21)
        2:36.49 (20.96)     2:59.84 (44.31)
 15 Limestone                           3:00.33    3:00.89    4  
     1) Alan Parsons SR               2) r:0.26 Matey Rezashki FR     
     3) r:0.20 Jake Minasi JR         4) r:0.24 Emil Moller JR        
             21.76        44.97 (44.97)
        1:06.62 (21.65)     1:30.44 (45.47)
        1:51.84 (21.40)     2:15.90 (45.46)
        2:37.20 (21.30)     3:00.89 (44.99)
 16 Wayne State                         3:01.10    3:03.42    2  
     1) Tyler Roshak JR               2) r:+0.51 Ryan Katulski FR     
     3) r:+0.36 Rasmus Olsen SO       4) r:0.40 Dmytro Drobnych SO    
             22.10        45.65 (45.65)
        1:07.50 (21.85)     1:31.59 (45.94)
        1:53.25 (21.66)     2:17.51 (45.92)
        2:39.07 (21.56)     3:03.42 (45.91)

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