2021 NEC Championships: Bryant Holds Team Leads Through Swimming Day 1

2021 NEC Conference Championship

  • March 30 – April 1, 2020
  • Keystone Aquatic Center, Carlisle, PA
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • 2020 Results
  • Live Results (MeetMobile)

TEAM SCORES (Diving + Day 1)

WOMEN

  1. Bryant – 264.5
  2. Sacred Heart – 198
  3. Central Connecticut State – 193
  4. St. Francis College – 150
  5. Wagner – 136
  6. LIU – 96.5
  7. Saint Francis University – 82
  8. Mount Saint Mary’s – 72
  9. Merrimack – 44

MEN

  1. Bryant – 359
  2. LIU – 227
  3. St. Francis College – 182
  4. Mount Saint Mary’s – 161

Women’s Recap:

The Bryant women are leading the 2021 NEC Champs through Tuesday, having opened up a significant lead over the rest of the field thanks to the diving events. Central Connecticut State stole the show in Tuesday’s swimming events, winning a relay and two of the individual events. CCSU Juniors Katie Czulewicz and Jeannette King each won an individual title.

Czulewicz took the 500 free with a 4:53.96, touching first by well over 3 seconds. She made a significant improvement over last year, where she won the B final, finishing 9th with a 4:57.81. Czulewicz swam a consistent race, keeping all but one of her 50 splits under :30. King took the 50 free, posting a 23.15 to get her hand on the wall 0.07 seconds ahead of Bryant’s Alexa Rivera, who came in 2nd. King is a repeat champion in the event, having won the 2020 NEC title as well. She was 23.09 in 2020, slightly faster than she was this year. 

King was also a member of the winning CCSU 400 medley relay. King led off with a 55.69, and was followed by Alex Lindgren (1:04.24), Ashley Calderon (55.69), and Simona Visinski (50.91). They touched in a final time of 3:46.53, narrowly beating out Bryant, who finished in 3:46.89.

Wagner picked up a win in the 200 IM, where sophomore Maile Mora took the title with a 2:05.17. Mora touched first by over a second, moving up from her 3rd-place finish last year. Last year, Mora swam a 2:03.98.

Bryant won the 200 free relay with a 1:32.83. Alexa Rivera led off in 23.26, and was followed by Laurel Carey (23.32), Erin Doruska (23.32), and Alyvia Beaudion (22.93). The fastest split in the field, however, came from CCSU’s Ashley Calderon, who swam a 22.20 on the 3rd leg of their relay.

 

Men’s Recap:

Bryant has opened up a giant lead through the first day of swimming at this year’s championships. Underclassmen had a field day at the meet, scoring crucial points for their teams.

LIU freshman Daniel Chocano Fernandez won the 500 free with a 4:34.21, winning an incredibly tight race with Bryant freshman Chase Konstantakos (4:34.22). The pair remained close throughput the race, trading the lead a couple times, before finishing just 0.01 seconds apart. The entire 500 free A final was made up of all freshmen and sophomores, marking a bright future in the event.

Saint Francis sophomore Djordje Spasic took the 50 free with a 20.52. The swim marked a best time for Spasic, who didn’t race the 50 at in his championship schedule last year. Bryant senior Matthew Mays won the 200 IM decisively, clocking a 1:48.21 tot ouch as the only swimmer in the field under 1:50. He opened up a big lead on the field with a 22.71 fly split and 26.15 on the back split, for a 48.86 on the first 100.

Mays also anchored the Bryant 200 free relay to victory in 19.96, marking the only sub-20 split in the field. Bryant was led off by Eric Bebel in 21.05, with Reese Stevenson going 2nd in 20.80, Matthew Mastroianni going 3rd in 20.54, and Mays anchored. Bryant won the event with a 1:22.35.

Bryant would have won the 400 medley relay as well, however, they ultimately were disqualified in the relay. Instead, LIU won the relay with a 3:20.00. Benny Karlsson led off in 50.47, and was followed by Stephen Taylor (54.93), Marcell Matyiko (49.90), and Alejandro Pascual Del Cid (44.70).

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