Drury Women Claim Fourth Straight GLVC Title, UIndy Men Take Third In A Row

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February 16th, 2020 College, NCAA Division II

GREAT LAKES VALLEY CONFERENCE (GLVC) – MEN AND WOMEN

  • Dates: Wednesday-Saturday, February 12-15th
  • Location: Crawfordsville Aquatics Center, Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Defending Champions: Indianapolis men (1x), Drury women (3x)
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Courtesy: Great Lakes Valley Conference

WOMEN

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Drury University completed another dominating wire-to-wire performance Saturday to earn its fourth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship and sixth in seven years at the Crawfordsville Aquatics Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

The Panthers scored a GLVC-record 1,727 points for the win, which beats their previous league mark of 1,012 points, set in last season’s GLVC Championship. The University of Indianapolis garnered runner-up accolades with 1,653 points, while Lindenwood University (1599) had a strong showing with a third-place finish in its first-ever meet as league members. Truman State University (914) and McKendree University (826) rounded out the top five, while Bellarmine University (620) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (495) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Lewis University (455) was eight, William Jewell College (370) finished in ninth, and Maryville University (269) completed out the 10-team field.

A total of eight women’s records were broken over the course of the four-day event, including six by Drury with one today thanks to senior Erica Dahlgren’s 16:42.96 in the 1650-yard Freestyle. Also earning wins on the final day was UIndy freshman Leticia Vaselli in the 100 Freestyle (50.94) and senior Edda Skoric in the 200 Backstroke (1:56.55), along with the Greyhounds foursome of Marizel Van Jaarsveld, Krystal Caylor, Johanna Buys, and Vaselli, who combined for the GLVC and Pool record time of 3:21.62 in the 400 Free Relay. Additionally, Drury senior Bailee Nunn won the 200 Breaststroke (2:12.02).

At the conclusion of the meet, Drury senior Erica Dahlgren was named the GLVC Swimmer of the Year, while Lindenwood’s Beata Maruszczyk was recognized as GLVC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, who also named Brian Reynolds as GLVC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. As announced yesterday, UIndy’s Cassie Kury earned GLVC Diver of the Year honors following her wins on the 1- and 3-meter boards on Thursday and Friday.

The league coaches also selected McKendree as the recipient of the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award in women’s swimming and diving, while 10 student-athletes were named GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees, as announced Wednesday evening.

2020 GLVC WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING MAJOR POSTSEASON AWARDS
Swimmer of the Year
: Erica Dahlgren, DU
Diver of the Year:  Cassie Kury, UINDY
Freshman of the Year: Beata Maruszczyk, LWU
Coach of the Year: Brian Reynolds, DU

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD
McKendree

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP INDIVIDUAL AWARD HONOREES
Grace Roegner, BU
Erica Dahlgren, DU
Krystal Caylor, UINDY
Stephanie Palczynski, LEWIS
Stephanie Marks, LWU
Abby Hall, MU
Camryn Anderson, MCK
Zara Konstapel, UMSL
Rae Friesz, TSU
Delaney Haralson, WJC

MEN

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Indianapolis captured its third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday night at the Crawfordsville Aquatics Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

The Greyhounds earned a GLVC-record 1,452 points for the win, followed very closely by runner-up McKendree University (1,414.5). Drury University (1,299) placed third, while fourth-place Lindenwood University (1,233) had a great showing in its first-ever Conference meet. Missouri S&T (1,192.5) was fifth, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (636.5) finished sixth, and Truman State University (468.5) was seventh. Lewis University (452), Bellarmine University (429), William Jewell College (358), and Maryville University (176) rounded out the 11-team field.

A total of 12 men’s records were broken over the course of the four-day event, including four this evening in the 1,650-yard Freestyle, 100 Free, 200 Backstroke, and the 400 Free Relay. McKendree freshman Fabio Dalu was the gold medalist in the mile with the pool and league mark of 15:11.42, while sophomore teammate Gregg Lichinsky beat the previous mark in the 100 Free (42.94). The 200 Back gold went to Drury sophomore Nathan Bighetti (1:43.53), and McKendree finished off the relay sweep with a record-setting 2:54.11 in the 400 Free Relay thanks to Matija Pucarevic, Luca Simonetti, Lichinsky, and Xander Skinner. Winning the other event of the night was Lindenwood senior Maxime Eekof with a 1:59.13 in the 200 Breast to give the Lions their first-ever gold medal in program history during their inaugural league meet.

At the conclusion of the meet, McKendree sophomore Gregg Lichinsky was named the GLVC Swimmer of the Year, while teammate Fabio Dalu was recognized as GLVC Freshman of the Year, and UIndy senior Payton Staman was won GLVC Diver of the Year following his sweeps on the 1- and 3-meter boards on Thursday and Friday. Additionally, Bearcats’ mentor James Tierney was voted by his peers as GLVC Coach of the Year.

The league coaches also selected McKendree as the recipient of the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award in men’s swimming and diving, while 11 student-athletes were named GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees, as announced Wednesday evening.

All postseason honorees can be found below.

2020 GLVC MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING MAJOR POSTSEASON AWARDS
Swimmer of the Year: Gregg Lichinsky, MCK
Diver of the Year:  Payton Staman, UINDY
Freshman of the Year: Fabio Dalu, MCK
Coach of the Year: James Tierney, MCK

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
McKendree

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Connor Clare, BU
Aidan Glynn, DU
Ante Lucev, UINDY
Guillaume Bolivard, LEWIS
Evan Root, LWU
Joseph Park, MU
Craig Tompkins, MCK
Aaron Taske, S&T
Guillem Masjuan Roca, UMSL
Justin King, TSU
Stephen Lancaster, WJC

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McKendree won 14/19 events and swept all 5 relays on the men’s side. Indy only won due to their six divers going 1-5 on the boards and the rest of the conference having about 2 divers per team. McK deserved the win. Watch out for them at NCAA’s

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