- October 9-10, 2021
- Indianapolis, IN
- SCY (25 yards)
- U Indy – 787.5
- Wingate – 687
- Lindenwood – 669.5
- Nova Southeastern – 630
- Grand Valley State – 554
- U Indy – 860
- Wingate – 702
- Lindenwood – 655.5
- Grand Valley State – 642.5
- Nova Southeastern – 466
U Indy hosted an invite featuring 5 top DII programs this past weekend. The host team won both the men’s and women’s meets, while Wingate took 2nd in both, and Lindenwood 3rd. The invite led to a number of DII top times this year, including from U Indy senior Johanna Buys, who posted division-leading times in the women’s 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly.
Buys did win the women’s 50 free, however, her DII-leading time came in her lead-off leg on the 200 free relay. In the individual race, Buys clocked a 23.09 to win a fairly tight race with Wingate freshman Kelsea Munro (23.26). Leading off the relay, Buys swam a 22.52, becoming the first, and to this point, the only DII swimmer to break 23 seconds in the event this season. Munro also led off, posting a 23.10 on the first leg of the Wingate relay. Her time puts her #2 in the division this year.
The U Indy 200 free relay was looking strong in this first invite showing, posting a 1:32.36. Not only did Buys clock a 22.52 leading the squad off, they had another sub-23 split with anchor Krystal Caylor clocking a 22.99. Leticia Vaselli and Julia Magierowska were the middle legs, splitting 23.57 and 23.28 respectively.
Buys had another great 50 performance over the weekend, anchoring the U Indy 200 medley relay in 22.21, marking the fastest split in the field by far. It was Nova Southeastern who ran away with the relay, however, thanks in large part to some speedy front end swimming. Celina Marquez led the team off in 25.07, and Savanna Best split 27.84 on breast, for a 52.91 on the first 100, which put them nearly 4 seconds ahead of the next-fastest team. Aleksandra Maslova swam a 24.68 fly leg, and Solana Capalbo anchored in 23.83, resulting in a 1:41.42 final time.
Buys would then go on to win the women’s 100 fly in 55.19, leading the race from the first 50. That time also now stands as the top time among DII swimmers this season. In the 100 free, Buys swam a 50.11, winning and establishing her 3rd NCAA DII top time of the weekend. U Indy teammate Marizel Van Jaarsveld was 2nd in the event, swimming a 50.32. Van Jaarsveld’s time now stands as the #2 time in the division this season.
Van Jaarsveld also won the women’s 200 fly, clocking a 2:01.12, touching first by over 2 seconds. Her time lands her as the #1 DII swimmer of the season so far, and she’s such by nearly 2 seconds. The senior also won the women’s 200 IM, posting a 2:02.00, which also leads the division nationally. Showing off her incredible versatility, Van Jaarsveld also won the women’s 100 breast, clocking a 1:01.76. That swim also marks her 3rd DII-leading time of the weekend, matching teammate Buys. Runner-up Savanna Best of Nova Southeastern is now #2 nationally with her 1:01.84. Best also won the women’s 400 IM, swimming a 4:27.92, and the 200 breast (2:16.29), which also lead DII swimmers nationally.
NSU’s Celina Marquez swept the women’s backstroke events, starting with a 53.99 to win the 100 back. With the swim, Marquez is now the #1 swimmer in the division by a large margin, with the #2 ranked swimmer being Nova Southeastern teammate Cassie Wright (55.58). In the 200 back, Marquez blew away the field, swimming a 1:59.18 to touch first by 4 seconds. Unsurprisingly, that time is also #1 nationally among DII swimmers, coming in over 3 seconds ahead of the next-fastest.
Wingate senior Kate Agger also posted a top DII time, swimming a 4:57.28 to win the women’s 500 free. She would go on to swim a 10:11.53 in the women’s 1000 free, winning the event, and topping the DII standings.
U Indy junior Likith Prema was on fire in the men’s breaststroke events. Prema first won the men’s 100 breast in 53.82, establishing the top time in the nation for DII swimmers this year. His winning time of 1:59.06 in the 200 breast also tops the DII rankings.
A number of underclassmen also won events and topped the NCAA DII rankings at this meet. Lindenwood sophomore Elliott Irwin won the men’s 100 free in 44.31, topping both the field and the DII rankings. Elliott also won the men’s 100 fly in 48.59, also leading the DII rankings.
Nova Southeastern freshman Thomas Flower won the men’s 200 free in 1:38.89, touching as the only swimmer in the field under 1:40. With the swim, Flower just edges out Queens (NC) swimmer Alex Kunert (1:38.94) to lead the DII standings this season.
Wingate’s Miguel Marcos, a freshman, won the men’s 500 free in 4:28.41, establishing the top time nationally in the event. Grand Valley senior Keegan Hawkins swept the men’s IMS. In the 200 IM, Hawkins swam a 1:49.08, becoming the first DII swimmer this season to break 1:50. In the 400 IM, Hawkins swam a 3:52.35, narrowly beating Lindenwood’s Matheo Mateos-Mongelos (3:52.45). The pair now lead DII swimmers through this point in the season.