Nova Southeastern freshman Anton Lobanov came up with the blowout swim of NCAA Division II Championships Friday night, going 51.63 to become the first-ever Division II swimmer to break 52.
Lobanov cut almost a second and a half off his prelims time to lower the Division II NCAA record in the event, which he broke earlier this year at 52.00. The mark before that was a 52.43 from 2009, the last season full-body suits were legal in collegiate swimming. That old mark was held by Tampa’s Aleksander Hetland.
Lobanov was actually pretty controlled going out, splitting a 24.34 on the opening 50 and only holding a lead of 0.1 seconds over his closest challenger. But he crushed a 27.29 over the final 50 yards to blow out the field and finish in 51.63 for the national mark.
It’s been a huge day for freshmen, and Lobanov’s mark stands up as the third new national record to fall to a freshman so far tonight.