Marius Kusch of Queens Downs NCAA D2 Record in 100 Back with 45.09

2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 100 Yard Backstroke – Finals


  1. Marius Kusch, Queens (NC) – 45.09
  2. Iskender Baslakov, Fresno Pacific – 46.23
  3. Harry Shalamon, Grand Valley – 46.59
  4. Dima Drobnych, Wayne State – 47.04
  5. Rodrigo Codo Berti, Indy – 47.11
  6. Renars Bundzis, NMU – 47.17
  7. Robinson Molina, Oklahoma Baptist – 47.44
  8. Seth Hughes, Carson-Newman – 47.73

Marius Kusch of Queens picked up his second Division II and meet record with a 45.09 victory in the 100 back on Friday. It marked his third national title of 2019, following wins in the 200 IM on Thursday and the 100 fly, with the 9th-fastest performance in history, on Friday.

Kusch split 21.61 at the 50, already half a body length up on the field. Over the second 50 yards, he pulled further ahead and closed in 23.48 to take a massive .79 chunk out of the national record that had been set by teammate Paul Pijulet at last year’s NCAA Division II Championships.

This was Kusch’s second attempt to break the record at these championships. He led off the Queens 400 medley relay on Thursday night with 45.90, a personal best by .95. Kusch had come into the meet seeded 3rd in the 100 back with 46.95, a time he’d achieved leading off the 400 medley relay at 2019 Bluegrass Mountain Championships in February. Prior to that, he had four recorded 100 back times, ranging from 48.85 to 47.76, all from this school year. (Pijulet, the former NCAA D2 record-holder, was Queens’ backstroker until he graduated last spring.) In the last 5 weeks, Kusch has taken nearly 9/10 off the front-end and has improved the back half by a full second.

  Kusch, 400 MR lead-off, 2/6/2019 Kusch, 400 MR lead-off, 3/14/2019 Pijulet, 3/16/2018 Kusch, 100 back final, 3/15/2019
1st 50 22.49 22.13 22.16 21.61
2nd 50 24.46 23.77 23.72 23.48
100 46.95 45.90 45.88 45.09




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3 years ago

That’s wicked fast!

Reply to  Gator
3 years ago

Well he is a pro

Brad Flood
3 years ago

Is that Gary Kincaid (former DII U Indy head coach) holding the microphone/interviewing in the photo?

Rumble Ranger 066
Reply to  Brad Flood
3 years ago

Sir, yes sir

Brad Flood
Reply to  Rumble Ranger 066
3 years ago

Who is he working for in this new role?

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