Indian River Runs Through Competition on Day 2 of JuCo Nationals; Ginny Grams Blocks Event Sweep

Indian River is still well in control of the team championships after day two of the NJCAA Junior College National Championships in Buffalo. Though the scores are still a runaway, they are getting a little bit of a push from Daytona State College: a program that will be cut after this season.

That push includes a 4:56.02 from Daytona State’s Ginny Grams, who is the only swimmer not from IRSC to win a race at this meet.

That victory over Hall Petersohn is somewhat of an upset, though Grams conserved her energy perfectly in prelims going just a 5:13, and then dropping seventeen seconds for this victory. Petersohn was 2nd in 4:56.59.

In the men’s version of the same race, Indian River went 1-2-3 led by Bryan Clarke in 4:31.47.

Solyve Lizardi won the women’s 200 IM in 2:03.84. She won the race with very good book-end splits, including 26.75 on the butterfly and 28.21 on the freestyle anchor.

Her teammate Edwin Angjeli won the men’s 200 IM in 1:51.20, followed by his teenage teammate Alec Scott in 1:52.26.

Iowa Central’s Goran Koprivnjak took 3rd in 1:52.46 to push his team, at least temporarily, into the third-place position.

Arizona-bound South African Bradley Tandy is the star of this meet, and he got a crack at two flat-start 50 freestyles in this meet. The first came as the leadoff of the 200 free relay, where he split a 19.57. This is probably the closest Indian River will get pushed in a relay this year, as Daytona State finished 2nd in 1:19.75 – 6 seconds better than they had been this season. Yianni Thermos anchored for DSC in 19.65.

Tandy was very consistent in this session, finishing things up with a 19.51 victory in the 50 free, followed by teammate Luis Flores in 20.11 for 2nd. This entire A-Final was made up of swimmers from Indian River (four) and Daytona State (four).

The Indian River women had a slightly larger margin of victory, though they too had a good challenger. Indian River swam a 1:34.29, with the difference being made by Patricia Casellas on the third leg; that was a full second better than Daytona State’s third leg. Daytona State was 2nd in 1:35.04.

Casellas won the 50 free in 23.56 as well, as they finished 1st-through-6th in the race.

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