2016 NCAA Division II Championships – Day 3 Finals Live Recap

Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Women’s 500-yard Freestyle – Final

  • NCAA DII: 4:43.37 3/13/2015 Patricia Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)

Reigning champion and NCAA record-holder, Queens senior Patri Castro Ortega, smashed her previous Division II record, winning the women’s 500 free by almost a full pool length in 4:39.28. Castro Ortega was out immediately and had put a full body length between herself and the rest of the field by the 50. As she continued to distance herself, the race for second looked interesting until Leonie Van Noort of Grand Valley imposed herself on the rest of the crowd. Van Noort touched second in 4:47.95, more than four seconds ahead of West Chester junior Theresa Hayward (4:52.76), Cal Baptist sophomore Christina Halverson (4:53.06), and Drury sophomore Megan Ouhl (4:53.21) who came in together in the next wave.

Lindenwood junior Alecia McGillivray won the consolation final with 4:52.60.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Patricia Castro Ortega, Queens (NC) 4:39.28
  2. Leonie Van Noort, Grand Valley 4:47.95
  3. Theresa Hayward, West Chester 4:52.76
  4. Christina Halverson, Cal Baptist 4:53.06
  5. Megan Ouhl, Drury 4:53.21
  6. Meridith Boudreaux, Queens (NC) 4:55.33
  7. Emma Wahlstrom, Nova S’Eastern 4:56.14
  8. Sarah Pullen, Drury 4:57.03

Men’s 500-yard Freestyle

  • NCAA DII: 4:20.70 3/11/2016 Dion Dreesens, Queens (NC)

Before the paint on Dion Dreesens’ NCAA record in this event even had a chance to dry, the Queens junior lowered it by another 3.7 seconds to settle the mark at 4:17.09. Dreesens was out quickly and swam on his own for the first 200. West Chester junior Victor Polyakov, runner-up to Dreesens in the 200 free last night, made a push on the third 100 and turned with Dreesens at the 300. Polyakov was only about a half-body length behind over the next 400, but couldn’t quite keep the pace over the final 100 and finished second with 4:20.33, which was also under the NCAA DII mark that Dreesens had set in prelims. Third place went to Adrian VanderHelm of Simon Fraser, whose monster final 100 took him past Queens sophomore Nick Arakelian.

Mackenzie Hamill of Simon Fraser finished fifth in 4:24.39, followed by Daniel Bis of Saint Leo, Missouri S&T’s Jon Glaser (4:26.32), and Indy’s Vitor Botana (4:27.00).

Chandler Pourvahidi of UCSD won the consolation final in 4:26.99.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Dion Dreesens, Queens (NC) 4:17.09
  2. Victor Polyakov, West Chester 4:20.33
  3. Adrian VanderHelm, Simon Fraser 4:21.04
  4. Nick Arakelian, Queens (NC) 4:22.34
  5. Mackenzie Hamill, Simon Fraser 4:24.39
  6. Daniel Bis, Saint Leo 4:26.05
  7. Jon Glaser, Missouri S&T 4:26.32
  8. Vitor Botana, Indy 4:27.00

Women’s 100-yard Backstroke

  • NCAA DII: 52.45 3/14/2014 Mary Hanson, Cal Baptist

After finishing fourth last year, Queens junior Hannah Peiffer claimed the 2016 title in the women’s 100 back with a 53.51. Wingate junior Viktoriya Arkhipova placed second in 53.69.

LIU Post senior Seren Jones edged Findlay senior Jessica Ward, 54.70 to 54.90, for third. MSU Mankato sophomore Cecilia Hake was just behind at 55.06.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Hannah Peiffer, Queens (NC) 53.51
  2. Viktoriya Arkhipova, Wingate 53.69
  3. Seren Jones, LIU Post 54.70
  4. Jessica Ward, Findlay 54.90
  5. Cecilia Hake, MSU, Mankato 55.06
  6. Mary Saiz, Colorado Mesa 55.50
  7. Yekaterina Gakhokidze, Bridgeport 55.56
  8. Evyn Spencer, Truman St. 55.99

Men’s 100-yard Backstroke

  • NCAA DII: 46.65 3/13/2015 Krzysztof Jankiewicz, Lindenwood

In the most exciting race of the night, Lindenwood sophomore Serghei Golban won the men’s 100 back in a photo finish, hitting the wall in 46.56. Florida Southern junior Marco Palacios was right behind in 46.71, followed by Queens senior Zack Phelps (46.76). Senior Pawel Trenda of Saint Leo was in the mix as well, touching fourth at 47.14.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Serghei Golban, Lindenwood 46.56
  2. Marco Palacios, Florida Southern 46.71
  3. Zack Phelps, Queens (NC) 46.76
  4. Pawel Trenda, Saint Leo 47.14
  5. Diego Gimenez, Florida Southern 47.81
  6. Rodrigo Codo Berti, Indy 48.21
  7. Edson Lima, Florida Southern 48.59
  8. Michael Cohn, UCSD 48.90

Women’s 100-yard Breaststroke

  • NCAA DII: 1:00.66 3/14/2014 Kayla Scott, Wayne State

West Florida junior Theresa Michalak came within a half-second of the NCAA record, winning a very close battle in 1:01.05. Senior Brittney Phelan of Queens came in second with 1:01.13. 2015 runner-up Jade Arganbright of California University (PA) placed third in 1:01.39.

Following Arganbright was a wave of breaststrokers: Nova Southeastern sophomore Malin Westman (1:01.79), Queens freshman Shelly Prayson (1:01.83), Zuzanna Chwadeczko of Drury (1:01.90), Rebecca Matthews of Lynn (1:02.12), and Olga Kosheleva of Wingate (1:02.88).

Delta State’s Kirsten Stroven won the consolation final with 1:02.14.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Theresa Michalak, West Florida 1:01.05
  2. Brittney Phelan, Queens (NC) 1:01.13
  3. Jade Arganbright, CALU-PA 1:01.39
  4. Malin Westman, Nova S’eastern 1:01.79
  5. Shelly Prayson, Queens (NC) 1:01.83
  6. Zuzanna Chwadeczko, Drury 1:01.90
  7. Rebecca Matthews, Lynn 1:02.12
  8. Olga Kosheleva, Wingate 1:02.88

Men’s 100-yard Breaststroke

  • NCAA DII: 51.63 3/13/2015 Anton Lobanov, Nova S’eastern

Defending champion Anton Lobanov of Nova Southeastern repeated as NCAA champion in the men’s 100 breast with 51.94, just .31 off his own record set in the 2015 championships. Delta State sophomore Alexander Peach moved up from fourth in prelims to finish second with 52.84, just touching out Fresno Pacific sophomore Maksim Shcherbakov (52.95) and Delta State junior Matteo Fraschi (53.19).

Queens senior Rostyslav Fedyna, who had qualified first out of prelims, finished fifth with 53.41. Bloomsburg senior Jake Harner was sixth with 53.69, in front of Florida Southern freshman Sean Kim (54.18) and Queens sophomore Ben Mayes (54.32).

Lindenwood senior Mateusz Pacholczyk took the consolation final with 53.71.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Anton Lobanov, Nova S’eastern 51.94
  2. Alexander Peach, Delta State 52.84
  3. Maksim Shcherbakov, Fresno Pacific 52.95
  4. Matteo Fraschi, Delta State 53.19
  5. Rostyslav Fedyna, Queens (NC) 53.41
  6. Jake Harner, Bloomsburg 53.69
  7. Sean Kim, Florida Southern 54.18
  8. Ben Mayes, Queens (NC) 54.32

Women’s 200-yard Butterfly

  • NCAA DII: 1:58.84 3/16/2012 Jaclyn Hynson, Indiana Univ Pa

Wingate junior Sofia Petrenko, who finished fourth in this event last year with 2:00.03, was the 2016 national champion with a new NCAA Division II record of 1:57.94. UCSD senior Darielle Watkins was also under the old NCAA mark, going 1:58.60 for second place.

LIU Post senior Joyce Kwok, runner-up in the 100 fly last night, took it out with Petrenko and was actually leading at the 100, but both Petrenko and Watkins closed with strong back halves. Kwok earned the bronze medal nonetheless, touching with 1:59.14.

Queens sophomore Mckenzie Stevens went 1:59.92 for fourth, while Lindenwood junior Hannah Vinyard improved on her eighth-place finish from 2015 to go 2:00.50 for fifth. Queens freshman Josephina Lorda was sixth with 2:02.54. Simon Fraser junior Lauren Swistak and William Jewell junior Paige Meredith rounded out the championship final.

UC San Diego senior Naomi Thomas won the consolation with 2:02.13.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Sofia Petrenko, Wingate 1:57.94
  2. Darielle Watkins, UCSD 1:58.60
  3. Joyce Kwok, LIU Post 1:59.14
  4. Mckenzie Stevens, Queens (NC) 1:59.92
  5. Hannah Vinyard, Lindenwood 2:00.50
  6. Josephina Lorda, Queens (NC) 2:02.54
  7. Lauren Swistak, Simon Fraser 2:02.97
  8. Paige Meredith, Jewell 2:05.63

Men’s 200-yard Butterfly

  • NCAA DII: 1:42.96 3/13/2015 Matthew Josa, Queens (NC)

The championship final of the men’s 200 fly was a thrilling two-man battle between 2015 runner-up Thiago Sickert of Nova Southeastern and 2015 bronze medalist Gianni Ferrero of Grand Valley State. Ferrero was up by .5 at the 100 and .6 at the 150, but he ran out of steam and Sickert outsplit him by a full second over the last 50 yards. Sickert got the touch with 1:44.69, while Ferrero hung on for second with 1:45.07.

Findlay sophomore Janko Radmanovic had the fastest final 50 of them all, blasting a 27.27 to move from fourth to third with a 1:45.96 to 1:46.16 victory over UCSD sophomore Kevin Wylder for the bronze medal.

Freshman Cristian Vasquez of Lindenwood touched out West Chester junior Eric Long, 1:47.45 to 1:47.48, for fifth. Senior Joshua Hanson of Cal Baptist finished seventh with 1:47.98, ahead of Wayne State freshman Rasmus Olsen of (1:48.97).

Truman State sophomore Will Shanel won the consolation final in 1:47.57.

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Thiago Sickert, Nova S’eastern 1:44.69
  2. Gianni Ferrero, Grand Valley 1:45.07
  3. Janko Radmanovic, Findlay 1:45.96
  4. Kevin Wylder, UCSD 1:46.16
  5. Cristian Vasquez, Lindenwood 1:47.45
  6. Eric Long, West Chester 1:47.48
  7. Joshua Hanson, Cal Baptist 1:47.98
  8. Rasmus Olsen, Wayne State 1:48.97

Women’s 1-meter Diving

  • NCAA DII: 511.55 3/10/2011 Kayla Kelosky, Clarion

West Florida junior Monica Amaral won her second diving championship of the meet with a score of 494.90 on the 1-meter board. Grand Valley senior Taylor Wiercinski came in second with 491.60 points. Amaral and Wiercinski were third and fourth in this event a year ago.

Morgan Dunleavy of Tiffin was the bronze medalist with 463.65 points, just edging Carleen Wayne of Lindenwood (462.95).

Top 8:

  1. Monica Amaral West Florida 494.90
  2. Taylor Wiercinski Grand Valley 491.60
  3. Morgan Dunleavy Tiffin 463.65
  4. Carleen Wayne Lindenwood 462.95
  5. Molly Kearney NMU 459.70
  6. Kayla Marquardt Grand Valley 454.50
  7. Cassi Blakeman Colorado Mesa 450.85
  8. Tatiana Kurach Henderson State 396.05

Women’s 800-yard Freestyle Relay

  • NCAA DII: 7:14.69 3/13/2015 Queens (NC)

After a 1:46.24 leadoff from Castro Ortega, it was unlikely anyone would catch Queens in the 800 free relay. Castro Ortega was followed by Caroline Arakelian in 1:50.67, Lorda in 1:49.56, and Stevens in 1:49.74 for a combined time of 7:16.21. The quartet was 1.5 seconds off their meet record time of 7:14.69 from 2015 NCAAs and 3.2 off their NCAA DII mark of 7:12.96 from the 2016 Bluegrass Mountain Conference championships.

UC San Diego’s Watkins, Natalie Tang, Madelyn Huttner and Colleen Daley went 7:18.95 for second, while Wingate (Petrenko, Arkhipova, Hanna Van Horen, and Maria Madsen) came in third with 7:22.48.

Top 8:

  1. Queens (NC) 7:16.21
  2. UCSD 7:18.95
  3. Wingate 7:22.48
  4. Grand Valley 7:23.58
  5. Carson-Newman 7:25.29
  6. Drury 7:25.69
  7. Florida Southern 7:26.65
  8. West Florida 7:27.76

Men’s 800-yard Freestyle Relay

  • NCAA DII: 6:26.29 3/13/2015 Queens (NC)

Queens took a 2.6-second bite out of their 2015 NCAA record with a 6:23.62 victory in the 800 free relay with Dreesens (1:32.63), Ben Taylor (1:36.26), Arakelian (1:36.27), and Parker Cook-Weeks (1:38.46).

Wingate (Jerome Heidrich, Leif-Henning Klever, Lennart Queiss, and Ossian Arvidsson) finished second in 6:28.21, while Nova Southeastern (Marco Aldabe, Sickert, Victor Tarin, and David Van Der Colff) got the bronze with 6:30.84.

Top 8:

  1. Queens (NC) 6:23.62
  2. Wingate 6:28.21
  3. Nova S’eastern 6:30.84
  4. Saint Leo 6:32.03
  5. Missouri S & T 6:32.53
  6. Delta State 6:33.84
  7. Simon Fraser 6:34.52
  8. Cal Baptist 6:34.63

Women’s Team Rankings – Day 3

1. Queens (NC) 424
2. Wingate 300
3. UCSD 243
4. Drury 229
5. Grand Valley 196
6. Wayne State 176.5
7. Liu Post 166
8. West Florida 158
9. Lindenwood 129
10. Delta State 110
11. Nova S’Eastern 104
12. Cal Baptist 98
13. Truman St. 78
14. Bridgeport 63
15. Findlay 62
15. Carson-Newman 62
17. Florida Southern 59
18. NMU 48
18. Clarion 48
20. Lynn 46
21. MSU Mankato 36
21. West Chester 36
23. Fresno Pacific 31
24. Colorado Mesa 27
25. Tiffin 22
26. Henderson State 20
26. Simon Fraser 20
28. Jewell 19
29. Tampa 17
30. Cal U-PA 16
31. WSCU 14
32. Bentley 13
33. Bloomsburg 6.5
34. Azusa Pacific 6
35. Ashland 5
36. Saginaw Valley 4
36. MSU-Moorhead 4
38. Saint Leo 3
39. Southern Conn 1

Men’s Team Rankings – Day 3

1. Queens (NC) 327
2. Lindenwood 262.5
3. Florida Southern 233.5
4. Nova S’Eastern 199
5. Delta State 171
6. Drury 167
7. Grand Valley 148
8. Saint Leo 146
9. Tampa 129
10. West Chester 120.5
11. Simon Fraser 119
12. Cal Baptist 99
13. Missouri S & T 87
14. Wingate 83
15. Wayne State 75
16. Indy 71.5
17. UCSD 68
18. Fresno Pacific 65
18. Colorado Mesa 65
18. Bloomsburg 65
21. Florida Tech 41
22. Limestone 39
23. Findlay 31
24. NMU 30
25. Truman St. 25
26. Bridgeport 17
26. Clarion 17
28. St Cloud State 16
29. Saginaw Valley 5
30. Ouachita 1

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