2015 NCAA Division II Championships: Day 2 Finals Real-Time Recaps

NCAA Division II Championships – Hot Links

  • March 11th-14th, 2015
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI Natatorium)
  • Real-Time results
  • Video link (expected to be available when meet starts)
  • Championship Central
  • Day 2 events: 200 free relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 400 medley relay,  women’s 1-meter diving

Heading into Day Two finals, Drury held a very precarious 5-point lead over Queens in the women’s meet, while Lindenwood and Grand Valley were tied for first in the men’s race with a 3-point margin over Drury. Queens women blew everyone out of the water with eight A finalists, and a 1-2-4 finish in the 200 free. The second-biggest day on the women’s side belonged to Drury, who finished second to Queens but extended their lead over Wingate. In the men’s race, Queens had an enormous day, doing just about everything right. The Royal marched right past yesterday’s leaders, Lindenwood and Grand Valley, and settled into second just 3.5 points behind Day Two leader, Drury.

Women 200 Freestyle Relay

  • Division II: R 1:31.64 3/13/2014 Wayne State

Drury opened Day Two finals with a double meet record, going 1:30.57 to win the relay and getting a 50 free record for Wen Xu with her leadoff split of 22.46. After Xu, Vera Johansson went 23.19, Katya Rudenko, 22.75, and Janet Yu, 22.17. Drury and NSU (whose Bryndis Hansen led off in 22.60) came in nearly together after the first leg, but Drury immediately moved ahead of the field from  Johansson’s leg and by the end had built up a body-and-a-half lead over second-place Queens (Lillian Gordy, Alexandra Marshall, Kristin Diemer, and Shane Knight), who finished in 1:32.17. Wingate (Ana Fish, Rita Koryukova, Leigh-Ann Clark, and Armory Dumur (22.41 on the end) came in third with 1:32.38.

Tampa (1:33.13) finished fourth, ahead of NSU (1:33.35), UCSD (1:33.42), Wayne State (1:33.79), and Lindenwood (1:33.85).

Men 200 Freestyle Relay

  • Division II: R 1:19.00 3/13/2014 Drury

Two events, two records. And a very exciting race in the championship final between Tampa in lane 4 and Wayne State in 7. Tampa had a slight lead but Wayne State’s last two legs pulled even and then got them to the wall first, as both Wayne State and Tampa came in under the old meet record time.

Till Barthel (20.06), Piotr Jachowicz (19.54), Soren Holm (19.61), and Joshua Schacht (19.68) combined for 1:18.89 to give the record to Wayne State. Tampa’s RB Borgen, Jeremy Parker, Martin Hammer, and Khalid Aldaboos went 1:18.98 for second. Queens (Nic Eriksson, Ben Taylor, Austin Sumrall, and Hayden Kosater) placed third with 1:19.25.

The rest of the podium was composed of Bridgeport (1:19.39), Drury (1:19.54), Florida Southern (1:19.82), Nova Southeastern (1:20.28), and Carson-Newman (1:20.85). Every single team was faster than in the morning.

Women 400 Individual Medley

  • Division II: R 4:14.00 3/10/2011 Casey Hurrell-Zitelman, Incarnate Word

NSU freshman Courtney Deveny, who had posted the fastest time of the morning, stayed on top with a 4:16.63 victory, but it wasn’t easy. Deveny had a built up a big lead by the 200 but LIU Post’s Caroline Rademacher almost stole it away with a huge breaststroke leg that put her a body length up going into the freestyle. Deveny drew even at the 350 and then put it into overdrive to finish with a 1.4-second lead over the LIU Post senior (4:18.06).

Delta State’s Melanie Tombers came in third, for the second year in a row, with 4:18.86. Fourth place went to Lynn’s Rebecca Matthews (4:19.32). Hannah Mattar of Ashland (4:19.47) and Drury’s Gretchen Stein (4:19.61) came in just behind Mattar.

Rounding out the final were Delta State’s Kierstin Page (4:24.23) and Queens’ Caroline Arakelian (4:25.91).

Men 400 Individual Medley

  • Division II: R 3:47.62 3/7/2013  Piotr Jachowicz, Wayne State

Queens freshman Nick Arakelian absolutely destroyed the NCAA record when he hit the wall in 3:43.84. Turning eighth at the fly-to-back exchange, Arakelian had already drawn even with the leaders, Joshua Hanson of Cal Baptist and Felix Eigel of Lindenwood, by the first 50 of the backstroke, and proceeded to leave them behind as he turned into the breast. From there, Arakelian seemed to build his lead with each cycle. He had a four-second lead by the 300 and now it was just a matter of how fast he could be. Coming home in a pair of 25s, Arakelian touched in 3:43.84, nearly four seconds faster than the previous meet record.

Hanson had a great race, edging West Chester’s Michael Oliver, 3:51.40 to 3:51.97, for second. Eigel (3:54.05) was fourth.

Wingate’s Ossian Arvidsson (3:54.72), Kacper Pelczynski of Drury (3:55.81), Will Schanel of Truman State (3:57.20), and Sven Kardol of Grand Valley (3:58.81) placed fifth through eighth.

Women 100 Butterfly

  • Division II: 44  3/12/2012   Armony Dumur, Wingate

Armony Dumur of Wingate lowered her own record, set in prelims this morning, by 2/100 with her winning time of 52.42. The 2014 runner-up crushed the field in both prelims and finals this year. Second place went to LIU Post’s Joyce Kwok, last year’s third-place finisher, in 53.59. Natalie Burnett of Carson-Newman took third with 53.81.

Last year’s champion, Hannah Peiffer of Queens, placed fourth in 54.28, ahead of Alaska Fairbanks’ Margot Adams (54.32), Alexandra Marshall of Queens (54.37), Rachel Brooker of Bloomsburg (54.97), and Debbi Lawrence of NMU (55.69).

Men 100 Yard Butterfly

  • Division II: R 45.45 3/13/2014 Matthew Josa, Queens (NC)

Defending champion and NCAA record-holder Matt Josa of Queens absolutely annihilated his old mark with a stunning 44.89 in finals. Out in 20.95 he hammered it home with 23.9 to beat the field by 1.6 seconds. Gianni Ferrero of Grand Valley edged Wayne State’s Holm, 46.54 to 46.69 for runner-up status, with Catawba’s Sebastian Holmberg just behind in 46.73.

Drury’s Samuel Olson (47.35) and Stanislav Kuzmin (47.37) came in fifth and sixth, almost tying; Pawel Trenda of Saint Leo (47.50) and Florida Southern’s Allan Gutierrez (47.61) were right there with them, placing seventh and eighth.

Women 200 Yard Freestyle

  • Division II: R 1:46.72 3/12/2015 Patricia Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)

Two days, two events, two NCAA records. Queens sophomore Patri Castro Ortega lowered her own, brand new mark in the 200 free, set this morning in prelims, by another 1.5 seconds clocking a speedy 1:45.27.

It looked like she might have some company, as Nova Southeastern’s Bryndis Hansen, who won the 50 free last night, took it out with her. By the 100, though, Castro Ortega had already built up a body-length lead and Hansen was struggling to keep the pace. Gordy of Queens, meanwhile, was gaining on Hansen throughout the second half, and ended up out-touching her, 1:47.84 to 1:48.03 for second.

Queens picked up huge points in this race, as McKenzie Stevens finished fourth in 1:49.04 just ahead of Sofia Petrenko from Wingate (1:49.24). The rest of the field included NSU’s Emma Wahlstrom (1:49.64), Staci Schrecongost of Edinboro (1:49.85), and Sarah Pullen of Drury (1:50.17).

Men 200 Yard Freestyle

  • Division II: R 1:34.21 3/14/2014 Matthew Josa, Queens (NC)

Swimming out of lane 3, NSU sophomore Thiago Sickert swam a fierce race and came out with a national title. Sickert was out first at the 50, but was third at the 100 behind Simon Fraser freshman Adrian VanderHelm and defending champion Victor Polyakov of West Chester. Sickert demolished the field over the second half of the race, though, and came to the wall in 1:35.07. VanderHelm touched second with 1:35.95, while Ben Taylor of Queens snuck in for third with 1:36.07, just 1/100 ahead of Leif-Henning Kleuver of Wingate (1:36.08).

Polyakov ended up fifth in 1:36.14, coming in just in front of Jesus Marin from Florida Southern (1:36.30). Keith Sponsler of Missouri S&T, who had won the swimoff for the eighth qualifying spot, swam his third 200 of the day, placing seventh with 1:37.89. Lindenwood freshman Jakub Jonczyk (1:39.01) rounded out the final.

Women 1-Meter Diving

  • Division II: R 511.55 3/10/2011 Kayla Kelosky, Clarion

Headed into the diving, Queens was on top of the standings by 27.5 points over Drury and by 111 over Nova Southeastern.

Kristin Day of Clarion repeated her 2014 crown in 1-meter diving with a 2015 final score of 506.85. Wayne State’s Elizabeth Rawlings was runner-up with 499.40, improving on her 2014 eighth-place finish. Third place went to Monica Do Amaral of West Florida (490.80), just ahead of Taylor Wiercinski of Grand Valley (488.40), last year’s bronze medalist.

The rest of the championship final featured Sarah Zerfoss of Clarion (468.35) in fifth, a tie for sixth between Molly Kearney of NMU and Amanda Jennings of Colorado Mesa (both with 444.75), and Breanne Schlenger of Cal Baptist (429.85) in eighth.

Women 400 Yard Medley Relay

  • Division II: 3:39.29  3/13/2014   Drury

Wingate held onto their top seeding from prelims with a 3:40.28 win in finals, featuring Rita Koryukova (55.98), Olga Kosheleva (1:02.12), Dumur (51.99), and Sofia Petrenko (50.19). Down by a body length after the breast leg, Dumur outsplit the entire field by 3-4 seconds and delivered a body length lead to Petrenko, who was able to hold off both Wen Xu of Drury (49.12) and Castro Ortega of Queens (48.72) for the win.

Drury (Katya Rudenko, Zuzanna Chwadeczko, Vera Johansson, and Xu) finished second with 3:41.03, ahead of Queens’ 3:41.11 (from Peiffer, Arakelian, Marshall, and Castro Ortega). LIU Post went 3:41.79 for fourth. Delta State just edged Simon Fraser, 3:45.69 to 3:45.96 for fifth, while Wayne State was just 2/100 behind at 3:45.96. Nova Southeastern was a fingernail back in 3:46.17 for eighth.

Men 400 Yard Medley Relay

  • Division II: R 3:09.72 3/12/2015  Queens (NC)

The last race of the night gave the men of Queens one more opportunity to rewrite the NCAA recordbook. When you’ve got the tenth-fastest all-time 100 butterflier on your relay, all you have to do is stay close enough to the rest of the field through the front half of the relay, and unleash the back half. The Queens quartet did just that. John Suther went 48.49 to keep the Royals in the game. Nic Eriksson took over and split a 52.07, the fastest breaststroke in the field by a huge margin. Josa followed with 44.2, and Ben Taylor brought them home in 43.27. The resulting combined relay time of 3:08.07 broke the meet record they had set in prelims by 1.6 seconds.

Wayne State’s Juan David Molina Perez, Piotr Jachowicz, Holm, and Till Barthel were runners-up with 3:09.81, thanks to a blazing 42.6 anchor from Barthel. Drury (Jordi Joan Montseny Diez, Pelczynski, Kuzmin, and Olson) touched third in 3:11.05.

The rest of the A final went to Bridgeport (3:12.69) for fourth, Florida Southern (3:13.20) for fifth, then Delta State (3:13.31), Grand Valley (3:14.78), and Tampa (3:16.68).

Women’s Team Standings After Day Two

  1. Queens (NC) 280
  2. Drury 257.5
  3. Wingate 173
  4. Nova S’Eastern 159
  5. UCSD 113
  6. Wayne State 97
  7. LIU Post 96
  8. Delta State 85
  9. Cal Baptist 75
  10. Lindenwood 58

Men’s Team Standings After Day Two

  1. Drury 206
  2. Queens (NC) 202.5
  3. Wayne State 166
  4. Grand Valley 161
  5. Lindenwood 153
  6. Bridgeport 133
  7. Florida Southern 132
  8. Tampa 100
  9. Nova S’Eastern 97
  10. Cal Baptist 80.5



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6 years ago

Josa 44.89 !!!!!!!!

Reply to  d2fan
6 years ago

44.2 on relay. Smash.

6 years ago

a 3:43 400 IM after going out in a 54 is pretty darn impressive

Roll Tide!
6 years ago


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