Multiple National Records in Danger After Day One Prelims of 2018 DII NCAA’s

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As the 2018 Division II NCAA men’s and women’s swimming and diving competition got underway this morning, several athletes decided to put themselves within striking distance of NCAA Division II records right off the bat.

Women’s 200 IM

Wingate’s Alexis Divelbiss took the lane four position in the women’s 200 IM by posting a 2:00.34 ahead of Drury’s duo of Bailee Nunn (2:00.60) and Zuzanna Chwadeczko (2:01.15). Posting the fourth and fifth fastest times of the morning was CSU East Bay’s Morgan McClure (2:01.24) and Shippensburg’s Stephanie O’Toole (2:01.38). Also competing in tonight’s A final will be Nova’s Courtney Deveny (2:01.87), Queen’s junior Josephina Lorda (2:02.12) and her sophomore teammate Georgia DaCruz (2:02.19).

The B final will be lead by Queens senior Mckenzie Stevens who posted a 2:02.29 this morning.

Men’s 200 IM

Queens junior Marius Kusch handily took the top spot leading into tonight’s A final by blowing away his prelim heat in a time of 1:42.68. Kusch’s senior teammate Nicholas Arakelian was behind in 1:45.18. NMU’s Ryan Leonard swam a 1:45.92 ahead of Florida Southern’s go-to guy Matthew Holmes who posted a 1:46.52. Indy’s Rodrigo Codo Berti took fifth place in 1:47.21 with Fresno’s Aleksei Averchenko swimming a 1:47.47. Queens senior Inigo Alarcia (1:48.03) and Drury freshman Pavel Semochkin (1:48.21) will round out tonight’s A final.

Cal Bapist’s Eric Tolman will lead the B final by virtue of his 1:48.37 he swam in the heats.

Women’s 50 Free

Oklahoma Baptist’s Victoria Fonville (22.74) took the lane four spot while Queen’s Kyrie Dobsin (22.82) and Drury’s Vera Johansson (22.92) will flank Fonville in tonight’s A final. Also in tonight’s A final will be Queens freshman Wanda Dollmayer (22.96) and Drury senior Yekaterina Rudenko (23.12). A three-way tie for sixth occurred here with Queens senior Lara Marshall, Carson-Newman’s Lisa Postma and West Chester’s Mikaela Lantz all shared the time of 23.15.

WSCU’s Miranda Yarnell swam a 23.17 to earn the lane four spot in tonight’s B final.

Men’s 50 free

Three men were under the elusive 20-second barrier with Oklahoma Baptist’s David Lambert swimming a 19.21 to earn the top spot ahead of Florida Tech’s Victor Rocha Furtado (19.84) and Iskender Baslakov (19.89). Saint Leo’s Hunter Bains swam a 20.00 for fourth while Queens duo of Bradford Hancock (20.02) and Paul Pijulet (20.03) with Delta State’s Mattia Schirru behind in 20.04.

A swim-off will take place at the end of the morning session between Oklahoma Baptist’s Julien-Pierre Goyeche and Nova’s Malique Elder who each swam a 20.05 this morning.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

Drury’s prelim quartet posted the top time of the morning with a 1:39.65 with Queens University just behind in 1:39.67. Nova’s squad touched third in 1:41.45 with Oklahoma Baptist (1:41.70), NMU (1:42.46), Fresno Pacific (1:42.57) and Carson-Newman (1:42.65) following behind. CSU East Bay took the eighth spot with their 1:42.73.

Men’s 200 Medley Relay

The Queens University men took the first seed going into tonight with a 1:26.37 while Fresno Pacific (1:27.00) and Oklahoma Baptist (1:27.57) followed behind. Wayne State (1:27.70) and Cal Baptist (1:28.06) took fourth and fifth respectively while Indianapolis (1:28.11), Drury (1:28.32) and Lindenwood (1:28.42) rounded out the A final.

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