Division II National Championships- Day Four Real Time Recaps

NCAA Division II Championships

Women 1650 Free

Boudreaux would take the early lead in the final heat of the event as she would have almost a body length lead at the 350 mark.  Holding her own on the outside is lane 8 would be Lauren Carastro followed by Alli Crenshaw.  At the 500, Crenshaw would start to make her move as she overtakes Carastro going into the wall.  Boudreaux would only extend her leading holding an almost two body length lead at the same time, nursing about a 3 second lead over the field.  The race seemed like it would be almost out of anyone else’s grasp as Boudreaux would continue to extend her lead over Crenshaw.  Novichenko would start to inch up on Carastro and pass her at the 800 mark closing in on Crenshaw as well.  Sarah Pullen would also start her climb as she would try and catch Carastro to secure the fourth spot.  Boudreaux would continue to increase her turnover as she continued to pull away from the field extending out to a 7 second lead over the rest of the field.  Novichenko would start to solidify her campaign for the silver medal at the 1100 mark as she started to inch away from Crenshaw who was still holding strong in third.  There would be very little excitement in the front of the race but Crenshaw would begin to fade as both Kyleigh Troxel and Alecia McGillivray would overtake Crenshaw with Troxel leading the way.  Even Novichenko wouldn’t be safe as Troxel and McGillivray inched up on her as well sitting right at her heels at the 1500 mark.  Troxel would indeed flip even with Novichenko at the 1600 mark and it would come down to the last 50 to decide second but it would be Boudreaux who would win in 16:44.88.  Troxel would indeed end up taking second and Novichenko would fall to third.


Men 1650 Free

Trying to take his fourth title of the meet, Victor Polyakov would already have about a body length lead after the first 50 followed by last year’s champion Alex Menke and Elijah Barrows at the 100 mark.  Menke would start to pull away from Barrows just a little at the 250 mark but it would be Polyakov that would maintain his lead followed by Menke and Barrows.  Gustavo Silva Santa and Alec Morris would put their sights on Barrows to real him in from the opposite side of the pool, but outside of Polyakov and Menke the rest of the field was practically neck and neck.  At the 500 mark it would still be Polyakov and Menkie in the front but Juan Tolosa and Morris would be the ones battling for the third spot. Polyakov would have a 3.5 second lead over Menke at the 600 mark and he continued to extend his lead. Morris would have a slight lead over Morris in the battle for third as they tried to keep Menke within their grasps.  At the 850 mark Polyakov would have about a 7 second lead over Menke as Morris moved in front of Tolosa to make his bid for the bronze.  Morris would put Menke in his sights to try and gun him down right around the 1000 mark, but Menke would still hold strong, until the 1100 mark where the two would practically flip even and Morris would indeed overtake Menke at the 1200 mark.  Polyakov would only be racing the clock at the point as he would still be nursing a 7 second lead.  Menke would show signs of fatigue as we drop back to a battle for third with Tolosa and Alex Bryson.  Polyakov would turn by himself passing every swimmer on his way back down the pool who end up taking the victory in 15:14.89.  Morris would take the silver with Tolosa finishing strong to take the bronze.


Women 100 Free Finals

Ana Azambuja would get a great start of the blocks leading from start all the way from start to finish as she would take the victory in this even in National Meet Record time of 48.94.  Nicole Cossey would take second with Wai Ting Yu rounding out the top three.


Men 100 Free Finals

Nicholas McCarthy, who already won the 50 this weekend, would take the early lead with Ruben Gimenez right on his hip holding that position the whole first 75.  Gimenez would make a late push in the last 25 of the race to take the championship in an time of 43.49 followed by McCarthy and Robert Swan to round out the top three.


Women 200 Back Finals

Mary Hanson would start quickly along with Yakaterina Rudenko but it would take more than just straight speed to win this event as Kathyrn Pheil would inch up to the lead after the first 100.  She was followed closely by Rudenko as coming out of lane 3 Caroline Arkelian would make a late surge to try and take over the lead going into the last 25 Arkelian and Pheil would flip together and it would be Arkelian who would defend her title with a National Meet Record time of 1:55.57.  Rudenko would take the silver and Pheil would earn the bronze.


Men 200 Back Finals

Matthew Josa led by a full body length at the first 50, almost a full second lead.  It was clear that the battle would be for second and it would be Luis Rojas who would be sitting in second place.  He would end up third with Igor Kowal taking second, but it would be Matt Josa to headline this event with a new National Record of 1:40.74.


Women 200 Breast Finals

Jaimie Bryan would be out to the early lead with Agnieszka Ostrowska at the first 50.  Alena Rumiantceva would also begin to battle with Ostrowska at the 150 mark but it would be all Ostrowska the rest of the way winning the event in a new National Meet Record time of 2:11.45.  Katharina Fischer would take second and Hannah Mattar would take the bronze.

NOTE: At this point we can mathematically say that The Drury Panthers will be the Women’s and Men’s team champions at the 2014 Division II National Championships

Men 200 Breast Finals

Korth would waste no time using a great pullout off the start to get out to a quick start with Nik Eriksson taking over the lead after the first 50.  Korth would be sitting right on his hip throughout the first 100 with the battle for third up for grabs.  The race for first would heat up going into the 150 wall as Korth would take the lead away from Eriksson and he would only extend it from there finishing in a new National Meet Record time of 1:54.45. Eriksson would take the silver and Banjo Borja would take the bronze.


Women 400 Free Relay Finals

Wayne State would be out to an early lead with a sub-50 split on their first leg, but it would be all Drury the rest of the way as they would use two 49. splits to gain the lead and take the championship with a winning time of 3:21.52.  Wayne State would hold on to take second and Queens would round out your top three.


Men 400 Free Relay Finals

Queens would pull out to and early lead with a blistering first leg by Matthew Josa of 42.75.   But Drury would use descending leg splits the rest of the way earmarked by a final leg of 42.86 by Nicholas McCarthy to take the victory in a National Meet Record time of 2:54.37.  Queens would wind up second with Florida Southern finishing a distant three seconds behind them to secure the bronze.

 

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Swammer
7 years ago

No but really, some of these division two (and one) schools should be effing ashamed of themselves. Going around NCAA loopholes with the entire Eastern bloc?

Yeah, there are 25-29 year olds from Russia here since they don’t graduate from a traditional high school like in the US.

For an organization that cares so much about the student-athlete, the NCAA sure likes to disadvantage kids that actually play by the rules.

beachmouse
Reply to  Swammer
7 years ago

D2/D3 has also been a second chance division for a lot of student-athletes who aren’t psychologically ready for college at 18, maybe flunk out after a semester or two, maybe never make it to college and then drift back to university after a few years working bad retail jobs or following the Anthony Ervin route. The 2012 D3 women’s cross country champion was 27 years old with 6 and 3 year old kids.

http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/article/9364616/espnw-christy-cazzola-wisconsin-oshkosh-balances-roles-track-star-mother-student

tall n wet
7 years ago

I agree. Makes it more of a challenge for Americans that are 18-22 years old.

Rafael
7 years ago

Who are the 25-29 year old russians?

Swammer
7 years ago

Polyakov for one, pretty sure Josa is overage, there’s a breaststroker that’s 27 years old. I’d have to look through again at signings and ages. It’s a disgrace.

Floppy
Reply to  Swammer
7 years ago

Not Matt Josa – he’s almost 19, a NC native… Not sure if he’s dual-citizen or what, but he was on the USA junior national team: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1456&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en&biosid=068587b8-b416-4275-a48a-a86d2dbbf341

Swammer
7 years ago

Yeah my bad. Josa is young (and ridiculously fast). Polyakov for sure though. Just turned 26 today. There’s also someone in the breaststroke. But there are definitely a ton of foreign overage swimmers at this meet.

The NCAA should run the clock when you turn 18, no matter what country you come from.

Rafael
Reply to  Swammer
7 years ago

You would have to stop a lot of swimmers cause in some countries you are not elligible for College at that age.. German most of people get into college by 19 20 years (It is a 12 year cycle)… here in Brazil when I got into college you started school at 7 and finshed at 18 to go into a college only the next year.. now I Think It is not 11 years no more but 12..

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Swammer
7 years ago

The rules are different in D 2. Your “clock” does not start after you graduate HS. In fact you don’t have a clock. You have 10 semesters to complete your 8 semesters of eligibility for college. If you have a problem with the rules, complain to the NCAA. The swimmers and coaches have done nothing wrong except recruit within the rules, and get these kids to swim fast–both domestic and international.

Swammer
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
7 years ago

Well, should it be different for D2? No.

beachmouse
7 years ago

Further down the results sheet, I’d like to give a shout out to the West Florida women for a respectable 23rd place finish in the program’s first year of existence. Go Argos!

tall n wet
7 years ago

Im with Swammer though. There should be an age limit to the NCAA. Doesnt matter how fast you are; it wouldnt be fair to 18 year old freshmen competing for the first time

Chris DeSantis
Reply to  tall n wet
7 years ago

Your whining about how “it’s not fair” is probably hurting American 18 year olds more than Polyakov.

Yes, there are many foreigners in D2, many older than your traditional American kid. Just for a minute try to see someone like Polyakov as a human being. Do you think he was just hanging around for five years? No, he was in the army. Getting out of Russia and going to West Chester is probably a life changer for him and a lot of these kids, and the American 18 year olds he swims with are learning a lot from him.

Swammer
Reply to  Chris DeSantis
7 years ago

Chris,

I would argue that the military exception should exist regardless, no matter the country. However, I also believe that the NCAA should equally enforce a grace period. 18/end of HS, maybe plus one year. Then the eligibility clock starts running.

This has been a fishy practice in NCAA swimming. You’d have to be drinking some pretty heavy kool-aid to deny that.

Swammer
Reply to  Chris DeSantis
7 years ago

Also, was Polyakov training in the army for combat, or training to swim? You have to look beyond what’s told you at face value.

Swim3057
Reply to  tall n wet
7 years ago

Be careful what you wish for…..if your intent is truly put in an age limit fine, but, remember the NCAA has exceptions for military service and religious missions. BYU has long had older student athletes that return from required missions and there have been many cases of older SA’s that have served the US in the military then enrolled in schools.
If your real intent is to single out international student-athletes than say that and realize that argument has been made for years (regardless of age) and as long as US colleges and universities are going to preach diversity on campus and encourage their admissions offices to accept international students than you are going to have international student-athletes as… Read more »

Admin
Reply to  tall n wet
7 years ago

Where was it written that 18 year old freshmen get to rule the world and should be the focal point of society?

Wouldn’t be fair to 20 year old freshmen if you set an age limit at 22. See how that works?

tall n wet
7 years ago

Also, just wanna mention that Klarakova from DSU peaked early. I knew that she wasnt gonna break the NCAA record in the 200 back. Maybe next year, maybe.

TALL N DRY
Reply to  tall n wet
7 years ago

Yes, since breaking an NCAA record at some point in your career is a MAJOR disappointment and all. Congratulations to Delta State for a 12th and 14th place finish at NCAAs and a phenomenal season!

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