Queens sophomore Matt Josa is a perfect 3-for-3 in individual NCAA Division II records so far this week at D-II Nationals, and his last one came by the narrowest of margins.
Josa went 1:42.96 to just barely sneak under the old 200 fly record of 1:42.99 Friday night. That came courtesy of a gutsy front half in which Josa went out in 48.08 and broke away from the field by more than a second.
His splits dropped a bit from the second 50 to the third, as Josa went from 25.5 to 26.7. But the big dropoff came in the final laps, where Josa faded to 28.18.
Despite that rough finish, Josa still held on for his third NCAA Division II record of the week, and if he can re-break his own 200 back mark tomorrow, he’ll be all but a lock for the Swimmer of the Meet award. He previously broke the national 200 IM and 100 fly records at this year’s meet.
Josa’s swimming is well appreciated by his Queens teammates: the Royals currently lead Drury by just 8 points in a thrilling back-and-forth showdown that will conclude Saturday night in Indianapolis.