Marius Kusch of Queens Ends NCAAs with Division II Record in 100 Free

2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

  • Dates: Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17
  • Swimming: prelims 10am, finals 6pm; Diving: 2pm
  • Location: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champions: Queens (results)
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Men’s 100 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA DII: 42.61 3/17/2012 Andrey Seryy, Wayne State
  • Meet: 42.61 3/17/2012 Andrey Seryy, Wayne State
  1. Marius Kusch JR Queens (NC) 42.42
  2. Victor Rocha Furtado JR Florida Tech 43.18
  3. Mattia Schirru JR Delta State 43.49

Queens junior Marius Kusch broke his second NCAA Division II and Championship Meet Record on Saturday. After erasing Matthew Josa’s 200 IM record on Day 1, Kusch bookended the meet with another takedown, this time in the 100 free, his last individual event.

There was no question that Kusch was gunning for the record. He crushed the first 50, flipping more than a half body length ahead of Mattia Schirru of Delta State and Victor Rocha Furtado of Florida Tech, in 20.27. Coming home 22.15, he notched a time of 42.42, taking a 0.19 slice out of the previous Division II mark of 42.61, set by Andrey Seryy of Wayne State at 2012 NCAA Division II Championships. Kusch also broke the Queens school record of 42.75, set by Josa leading off the 400 free relay at 2014 NCAAs.

Kusch gained most of his advantage on the back half, as can be seen in the comparative splits:

  Marius Kusch, Queens, 2018 NCAAs Andrey Seryy, Wayne State, 2012 NCAAs Matthew Josa, Queens, 2014 NCAAs
50 20.27 20.26 20.43
100 42.42 (22.15) 42.61 (22.35) 42.75 (22.32)


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5 years ago

Isn’t this dude like 24 or 25 lol?? D2’s seriously a joke.

Bon Jovi
Reply to  andover
5 years ago

dawg who cares he’s 5’3” 224 lbs

Reply to  Bon Jovi
5 years ago

5’3″ are you serious? That’s increadible

Reply to  andover
5 years ago

That is the beauty of D2.

Reply to  Swim
5 years ago

What are you talking about he is 6’1 or 6’2 and nowhere near 224lbs

Reply to  Steinbeißer
5 years ago

6’4″ according to Queens website

JP input too short
Reply to  andover
5 years ago

I swam a final at D2 NCAAs against a 31 year old once ?

Reply to  JP input too short
5 years ago

Me too! Thomas Kuzvard By chance?

Reply to  andover
5 years ago

Maybe some of these athletes put their lives on hold to serve their country, this “joke” gives them the opportunity to compete again and keep a structured life.

Not everyone’s path goes HS -> College -> Rest of Adult Life.

Reply to  coacherik
5 years ago

While your last point is correct and cannot be argued, there’s a line between “military/religious” reasoning and just “I want to take some time away from school and get better at my sport” reasoning. The former is why D2 has those rules, however, the spirit of those rules are being abused/violated in quite a few cases. It’s no secret that males physically mature beyond the “normal” college ages (18-22), and it seems this is being used as a way to help some gain what’s essentially an inherent advantage, all in the name of “opportunity” (when they could/should have had that opportunity at the same time as “normal” collegiate swimmers).

Reply to  andover
5 years ago

Beats your 25 50 free

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