Daytona State’s Ginny Grams Takes Second Win of NJCAA Nationals; Nakano Breaks Record

On day 3 of the 2013 NJCAA Junior College National Championships, Indian River further extended their lead.

Once again, though, it was Daytona State’s Ginny Grams who upset a full-on sweep by taking her second event win of the meet. Grams posted a 1:50.35 in the 200 free, upending Maria Munoz from Indian River (1:51.54).

Other than that, this meet was once again all Indian River. The star of the night for the women was Yurie Nakano, who took two individual wins. Her night started with a 25.39 50 backstroke split leading off the winning 200 medley relay that swam a new NJCAA National Record of 1:42.95. She was joined on that relay by Patricia Casellas (28.75), Solyvette Lizardi (25.47), and Courtney Parenti (23.34).

She then won the 100 fly in another National Record of 53.27. That defended her title, and took down the 53.85 all-time best that she swam at last year’s championship.

The third win was in the 100 backstroke with a 54.62. That was three-tenths shy of her best time of the season, which happens to be the national record in this event.

Other nice swims on the women’s side included a 1:02.46 victory in the 100 breaststroke from Casellas.

On the men’s side, Josh Oathout pulled an individual double of his own. First, he won the 400 IM in 4:00.21. Though he was fading in the last 50, he still held off teammate Alex Scott by .02 seconds at the end.

Monroe Community College’s Kevin Burns was 3rd in 4:01.57. Oathout added a win in the 100 backstroke with a 49.74, pulling a little bit of an upset as his teammate Chad Harrington slid to 3rd in 49.95.

Daytona State’s Yianni Thermos very nearly pulled off the first men’s interruption of the meet, finishing 2nd in 49.81 after leading halfway.

Oathout was not on the 200 medley relay, as that backstroke spot was held by Harrington. Indian River still took a win by four-tenths of a second with a 1:28.42, ahead of Daytona State’s 1:28.89.

Bradley Tandy, generally a sprint freestyler, was a 20.80 on Indian River’s butterfly leg. Daytona State had a really good anchor swim from Marco Gonzalez of 19.06

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