2017 NCAA Division II Men: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

 Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Final

  • Division II: 1:17.27 3/10/2016 Tampa
  1. Florida Tech 1:19.46
  2. Bloomsburg 1:19.65
  3. Florida Southern 1:19.77
  4. Drury 1:20.06
  5. Grand Valley 1:20.33
  6. Wingate 1:20.52
  7. Queens (NC) 1:20.57
  8. Nova S’eastern 1:20.97

Florida Tech earned its first national title in the men’s 200 free relay with a solid team effort from senior Nir Barnea (20.20) and sophomores Victor Rocha Futado (19.90), Matthew Gallene (19.61), and Filip Dujmic (19.75). The Panthers battled the whole way with Bloomsburg, who led through the halfway point. Samuel Feiser (20.16), Eric Usbeck (19.78), A.J. Brady (20.15), and Kyle Dix (19.56) gave Bloomsburg a runner-up finish with 1:19.65 and just held off Florida Southern’s Noah Franz, Nico Campbell, Diego Gimenez, and Marco Palacios (1:19.77).

Men’s 400 Yard Individual Medley – Final

  1. Nick Arakelian, Queens (NC) 3:45.01
  2. Adrian VanderHelm, Simon Fraser 3:48.07
  3. Gabriel Hernandez, UC San Diego 3:48.52
  4. Brandon Schuster, Cal Baptist 3:48.81
  5. Cristian Vasquez, Lindenwood 3:48.86
  6. Michael Oliver, West Chester 3:53.16
  7. Felix Eigel, Lindenwood 3:53.52
  8. William Shanel, Truman State 3:53.82

Simon Fraser’s Adrian VanderHelm blasted off and established the early lead, throwing down a 50.2 in the 100 fly. Gabriel Hernandez of UC San Diego was the only one within a half-body length of the leader; he made the turn in 50.8. The pair had a significant lead over the rest of the field, and defending champion Nick Arakelian of Queens was in 8th place. Arakelian passed everyone but the two leaders with his 100 back, making up about 3 seconds on VanderHelm. Arakelian broke it open over the breaststroke leg, then came home with a 3-body length lead to win with 3:45.01.

Hernandez pulled ahead of VanderHelm in the breast, and held a .33 lead at the 350, but VanderHelm split a 25.7 over the final 50 and got the touch, 3:48.07 to 3:48.52. Hernandez took third, holding off Cal Baptist freshman Brandon Schuster (3:48.81) and Lindenwood sophomore Cristian Vasquez (3:48.86), who came in together just behind him.

Victor Polyakov of West Chester eked out a win in the consolation final with 3:50.40.

Men’s 100 Yard Butterfly – Final

  • Division II: 44.89 3/12/2015 Matthew Josa, Queens (NC)
  1. Paul Pijulet, Queens (NC) 45.62
  2. Marius Kusch, Queens (NC) 45.81
  3. Gabriel Souza, Grand Valley 46.66
  4. Aleksei Averchenko, Fresno Pacific 47.07
  5. Sebastian Holmberg, Wingate 47.19
  6. Jun Han Kim, Drury 47.62
  7. Thiago Sickert, Nova S’eastern 47.74
  8. Rodrigo Caceres, Drury 48.31

Queens junior Paul Pijulet, the bronze medalist in the 50 free on Day One, dropped another tenth from his morning swim and touched out teammate, sophomore Marius Kusch, 45.62 to 45.81. Grand Valley junior Gabriel Souza came in third with 46.66, just ahead of Fresno Pacific freshman Aleksei Averchenko (47.07) and Wingate junior Sebastian Holmberg (47.19).

Freshman Matija Pucarevic put first-year program McKendree on the scoreboard with a 47.96 win in the B final.

Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle – Final

  1. Dion Dreesens, Queens (NC) 1:33.85
  2. Joan Casanovas, Drury 1:35.13
  3. Guilherme Zavaneli, Indianapolis 1:35.34
  4. Jonathan Glaser, Missouri S&T 1:36.77
  5. Konrad Stepien, Drury 1:37.07
  6. Lennart Queiss, Wingate 1:37.12
  7. Leif-Henning Kluever, Wingate 1:37.20
  8. Mattia Schirru, Delta State 1:38.56

Defending champion and NCAA Division II record-holder Dion Dreesens of Queens washed no time getting out ahead of the field; he was already up by half a body by the 50. Going out with him was Indy sophomore Guilherme Zavaneli. Dreesens increased his lead at the 100, now up by a body length, while Drury freshman Joan Casanovas moved up on Zavaneli.

Dreesens scorched his third 50 and it looked like he might break his national record, but he fell off pace. Nevertheless it was a resounding win; he clocked in at 1:33.85, well over a body length ahead of Casanovas (1:35.13) and Zavaneli (1:35.34). Jonathan Glaser of Missouri S&T led the next wave into the wall, finishing fourth in 1:36.77.

Freshman Laios Budai of Northern Michigan won the B final by .15, going 1:37.90

Men’s 400 Yard Medley Relay – Final

  • Division II: 3:08.07 3/12/2015 Queens (NC)
  1. Queens (NC) 3:07.38
  2. Nova S’eastern 3:11.81
  3. Fresno Pacific 3:12.30
  4. Wayne State 3:12.67
  5. Grand Valley State 3:12.81
  6. Drury 3:13.21
  7. Florida Southern 3:13.82
  8. Lindenwood 3:14.64

Queens exacted revenge, after having lost by 4/100 to Florida Southern in this event last year, by winning decisively with a new NCAA Division II meet record this time around. Pijulet (46.68) got the Royals off to a strong start, turning essentially together with Lindenwood’s Serghei GolbanRostyslav Fedyna took over even with Lindenwood, and up by a body-length over Wayne State. His 52.20 100 breast put Queens comfortably out front. Meanwhile, Nova S’eastern’s Anton Lobanov outsplit the breaststroke field by 6/10, going 51.65 and pulling even with Wayne State in second place. Kusch, who was runner-up to Pijulet in the 100 fly tonight, had the fastest butterfly leg, going 45.55; Queens was now three body lengths up. Dreesens crushed the anchor, splitting 42.95 to beat the 2015 NCAA D2 record by .69. Fresno Pacific freshman Dmitry Belolipeskiy anchored with 43.73 and moved the Sunbirds past Wayne State for third, while Nova S’eastern hung on for second.

Men’s Team Scores – Day Two

Men’s Team Day 2 Scores Projected Total* +/-Prelims +/- Psych
Queens (NC) 296 521 21 38
Drury 187 382 -3 6
Grand Valley 149 271 8 -27
Nova Southeastern 137 325 4 -16
Florida Southern 127 252 -6 40
Lindenwood 111 205 -21 -18
Wingate 100 178 -4 48
Fresno Pacific 88 126 -14.5 39
Bloomsburg 85 103 9.5 3
Delta State 80 198 8 10
Florida Tech 78 138 9 6
Wayne State 69 105 1 30
West Chester 60 106 4 2
Simon Fraser 58 115 12 37
Colorado Mesa 57 143 2 -64
Cal Baptist 56 148 -4 -13
UC San Diego 44 101 0 -21
Indianapolis 37 130 4 -26
Missouri S&T 33 126 -13 1
Limestone 28 54 -8 -37
Bridgeport 25 51 5 14
Carson-Newman 24 24 7 -6
Northern Michigan 24 79 -6 -12
Tampa 23 49 -16 -13
Clarion 15 24 0 -5
Truman State 11 11 -1 -4
McKendree 9 21 3 6
Queens (NY) 2 7 0 2
Catawba 1 1 1 1
Southern Connecticut 1 3 0 -8

*Based on actual results plus psych sheet seeding for remaining days

 

 

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Lillian\'s Dad

Congrats to FIT. I’m here pulling for my Queens Royals but received an added bonus of seeing my Alma mater (MS ’92) win also. It’s a young program with a big upside. Brings back memories of where we were 4 years ago in this very building. Very confusing to be fighting tooth and nail with the Panther’s (Drury) and pulling for the Panther’s (FIT) at the same time.

JP input is too short

It always amazes me that Arakelian can do a 3:45 IM with a 55 fly split. He’s gotta be the only person that’s ever done that.

He was only even a 54.5 when he did his 3:43 national record too.

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