Mark Nikolaev Swims 44.9 100 Back on Day 3 of WACs




1. Northern Arizona University     514.5   
2. New Mexico State University       389
3. Northern Colorado, University   346.5   
4. California Baptist University     315
5. Idaho, University of              312   
6. C S U  Bakersfield                275
7. Grand Canyon University           254   
8. Seattle University                 66


1. Grand Canyon University           472   
2. U.S. Air Force Academy            418
3. California Baptist University   398.5   
4. University of Wyoming             396
5. University of Nevada Las Vegas  317.5   
6. C S U  Bakersfield                226
7. Seattle University                104

Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon remain in the lead going into the final day of competition. Northern Arizona has built what now appears to be an insurmountable lead, and should have the title locked up.

Mark Nikolaev swam under 45 seconds for the 2nd time this season in the 100 back, posting a 44.91 for a decisive win in the men’s 100 back. Nikolaev’s season best of 44.61 sits as the 2nd fastest time in the NCAA this season. He went on to lead off the winning 400 medley relay in 45.22. The rest of the Grand Canyon relay consisted of Asahi Nagahata, Daniil Antipov, and Florent Janin respectively, culminating in a 3:09.39, off their season best by over half a second.

Antipov took a title of his own, winning the 100 fly with a 46.11, touching just off his own meet record of 46.08. Eric Tolman (CBU) won a tight race in the 100 breast, finishing in 53.39 to Zach Nelson’s (Air Force) 53.51.

Autumn D’Arcy, a Cal State Bakersfield freshman, dominated the women’s 100 fly, swimming a 52.58, after posting a 52.56 in prelims. That time is likely just ever so slightly off what it will take to qualify for the NCAAs. We have the cut estimated at 52.30.


  • Women’s 400 IM: Petra Kis (NCU) – 4:16.28
  • Men’s 400 IM: Brandon Schuster (CBU) – 3:48.77
  • Women’s 200 Free: Rebecca Oviedo (CBU) – (1:48.28)
  • Men’s 200 Free: Jerome Heidrich (CBU) – 1:35.64
  • Women’s 100 Breast: Hope Williams (NAU) – 1:01.16
  • Women’s 100 Back: Emily Longfellow (CBU) – 54.66
  • Women’s 400 Medley Relay: Northern Arizona – 3:41.29

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passed gas in the fast lane
3 years ago

I love the dedicated coverage of the mid major division one conferences. this level of swimming is exciting and produces lots of fast swimming, as noted in the headline of this very article. Thank you SWIMSWAM you are the best