2017 NCAA Division II Men: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begins this morning with preliminary heats of the 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 medley relay. The 1000 free will be swum as timed finals following the medley relays. In addition, diving begins with the men’s 3-meter competition.

Men’s 200-yard Individual Medley

  • Division II: 1:41.94 3/11/2015 Matthew Josa, Queens (NC)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Marius Kusch, Queens 1:45.47
  2. Adrian VanderHelm, Simon Fraser 1:46.27
  3. Victor Polyakov, West Chester 1:46.94
  4. Matthew Holmes, Florida Southern 1:47.12
  5. Inigo Alarcia, Queens 1:47.52
  6. Zach Bunner, Queens 1:47.53
  7. Antonio Nuneez-Alvarez, Florida Southern 1:47.63
  8. Leif-Henning Kluever, Wingate 1:47.99

In the first circle-seeded heat Marco Aldabe of Nova S’eastern held the lead through the 150, but strong back halves from West Chester’s Victor Polyakov (1:46.94), Antonio Nunez-Alvarez (1:47.63) of Florida Southern, and Brandon Schuster (1:48.14) of Cal Baptist relegated him to fourth in the heat with 1:48.73. Zach Bunner of Queens was out like a shot in the penultimate heat, up by a body length at the halfway mark. He held on for the win in 1:47.53, but it was close. UCSD’s Gabriel Hernandez touched just behind in 1:48.03. Matteo Fraschi of Delta State was third in 1:48.21.

Marius Kusch of Queens dominated the final heat, touching in 1:45.47. Adrian VanderHelm of Simon Fraser led the rest of the field, coming in second in the final heat with 1:46.27. Matthew Holmes of Florida Southern was third with 1:47.12.

Men’s 50-yard Freestyle

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Serghei Golban, Lindenwood 19.79
  2. Nir Barnea, Florida Tech 19.87
  3. Mattia Schirru, Delta State 19.88
  4. Lajos Budai, NMU 19.99
  5. Rodrigo Caceres, Drury 20.04
  6. Daniel Rzadkowski, Drury 20.04
  7. Dmytro Sydorchenko, Queens 20.06
  8. Paul Pijulet, Queens 20.07

Mattia Schirru of Delta State was the first to break 20 seconds, winning the first circle-seeded heat in 19.88. Nir Barnea of Florida Tech and Lajos Budai of Northern Michigan also broke 20 in the following heat, but it was Lindenwood’s Serghei Golban, the Division II record-holder in the event, who earned the right to swim in lane 4 tonight; he won the final heat in 19.79. Queens’ Paul Pijulet dropped .14 to finish second in that heat from lane 1, and just sneak into the championship final.

As in the women’s event, there will be a swim-off for 16th place, as both Christopher Radomski of Colorado Mesa and Samuel Schechter of Carson-Newman touched in 20.31.

Schechter won the swim-off, 20.27 to 20.47.

Men’s 200-yard Medley Relay

  • Division II: 1:26.02 3/12/2014 Wayne State (Molina Perez, Jachowicz, Holm, Barthel)

After a good deal of video review, in which it was established that both Indy and Missouri S&T were disqualified, the standings for the men’s 200 medley relay will not be complete until Limestone and Bloomsburg swim off for the 8th spot in the championship final.

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Queens (NC) 1:25.95
  2. Fresno Pacific 1:27.90
  3. Grand Valley 1:27.98
  4. Nova S’eastern 1:28.08
  5. Florida Southern 1:28.33
  6. Wayne State 1:28.80
  7. Lindenwood 1:28.81
  8. TIE Limestone 1:28.95 / Bloomsburg 1:28.95

Queens University of Charlotte became the first medley relay in Division II history to break the 1:26 barrier, beginning with a scorching 21.74 backstroke split from Bunner. Rostyslav Fedyna followed with 23.83. Pijulet put down a 20.76 butterfly, and Ben Mayes brought it home in 19.62 for a combined 1:25.95. Fresno Pacific (1:27.90) finished second in that heat. Grand Valley (1:27.98) won the previous heat over Lindenwood, while Nova S’eastern won heat 2 in 1:27.98, thanks in part to a strong anchor from Malique Elder.

Bloomsburg won the swim-off for 8th place over Limestone, 1:28.20 to 1:28.76.

Men’s 1,000-yard Freestyle

  • NCAA DII: 8:57.06 3/11/2009 Mitch Snyder, Drury

Mackenzie Hamill of Simon Fraser dominated the first heat of men’s 1000s with a 9:05.80, a 9-second improvement from his seed time. Leading the rest of the field was Drury’s Alexandre Reinbrecht with 9:15.71. Tim Samuelson of Missouri S&T was the winner of the second heat, going 9:17.98. Queens’ Dion Dreesens dominated heat 3 with 9:06.07, jumping to the second spot on the leaderboard, just behind Hamill. James Cormier of Simon Fraser finished second in the heat with 9:16.17. Brian Kelly of Bridgeport won the final heat of men’s 1000s with 9:16.21, dropping a massive 14.7 seconds.

The top 8 times from the morning heats:

  1. Mackenzie Hamill, Simon Fraser 9:05.80
  2. Dreesens, Dion Queens (NC) 9:06.07
  3. Alexandre Reinbrecht, Drury 9:15.71
  4. James Cormier, Simon Fraser 9:16.17
  5. Brian Kelly, Bridgeport 9:16.21
  6. Blake Woodrow, Nova S’eastern 9:17.52
  7. Tim Samuelsen, Missouri S & T 9:17.98
  8. Leonardo de Oliveira, Wayne State 9:17.99

Men’s 3-meter Diving

  • Division II: 615.95 3/15/2014 Heath Calhoun, Clarion

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Brad Dalrymple, Grand Valley 534.35
  2. Zachary Parry, Cal Baptist 494.85
  3. Noah Macomber, Colorado Mesa 488.35
  4. Collin Vest, Clarion 484.15
  5. Duston Gragg, Fresno Pacific 461.35
  6. Daniel Roy, West Chester 452.15
  7. Joseph Gucwa, Grand Valley 449.65
  8. Sage D’Ambrosia, Colorado Mesa 438.85




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JP input is too short
5 years ago

Going out a 200 IM in 21.3 and coming back over 27 seems like either a coast to beat all coasts or the most painful way to swim a 200 IM I’ve ever heard of.

Billy Bob
Reply to  JP input is too short
5 years ago

the last 10 yards he slowed his stroke rate down and glided into the wall the last 2 strokes. Probably has way more in the tank for tonight.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Billy Bob
5 years ago

That was my first guess. The guys is too seasoned an international competitor to screw up that badly.

Although I do remember a few guys running down Duarte Mourao who was a Spanish national-level guy after going out 21-something and completely locking up in the last 25 in 2009.

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