McKendree’s Fabio Dalu Hits NCAA DII-Leading 8:57.35 1000 Free on Day 1 of GLVC

by Spencer Penland 0

February 10th, 2021 College, NCAA Division II, News

GLVC Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

  • Wednesday-Saturday, February 10-13, 2021
  • Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center, Elkhart, IN
  • SCY (Short Course Yards)
  • Live Results
  • Day 1 Results

Team Scores (Through Day 1)


  1. U Indy – 474
  2. Drury – 442
  3. Lindenwood – 376
  4. Missouri S&T – 334.5
  5. McKendree – 308
  6. Lewis – 202
  7. William Jewell – 124.5
  8. Missouri St. Louis – 98
  9. Truman State – 89
  10. Maryville – 36


*will be updated soon*

Men’s Recap

The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) kicked off its 2021 men’s and women’s swimming & diving championships today. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the men’s and women’s swimmers are competing in separate timed finals sessions. The men are swimming the earlier sessions, and the women are swimming in the evening. U Indy men are leading the way through the first day of competition, although Drury is right on their heels.

Indianapolis kicked off the meet with an electric start, winning the men’s 200 medley relay in 1:26.68. Jeron Thompson led the squad off in 21.35, leading the field of backstrokers by over half a second. Jan Zuchowicz split 24.06 on breaststroke, with Kael Yorke providing a 21.39 fly split, and Victor Antonon Rodriguez anchoring in 19.88. The relay actually could have been faster, as the Indy B relay flyer and freestyler were faster than than the corresponding A relay splits. Joao Silva split 21.23 on fly, and Diego Mas anchored the B relay in 19.41, which tied for the fastest split in the field. With Silva and Mas on the A relay, Indy would have had a final time of 1:26.05, which would have been a GLVC Championship record.

McKendree junior Gregg Lichinsky swam a 20.68 fly split, leading the field by well over half a second. Indy, Drury (1:27.13), Missouri S&T (1:27.52), and McKendree (1:27.71) all hit the NCAA provisional time standard.

McKendree sophomore Fabio Dalu was dominant in the men’s 1000 free, swimming an 8:57.35 to win the race by 15 seconds. The swim marked a personal best for Dalu, as well as an NCAA A cut, a McKendree program record, and the GLVC Championship record. Dalu also cleared the NCAA A cut by 7 seconds. He nearly posted a personal best in the 500 free split of this race, hitting the halfway mark at 4:24.75. Dalu’s personal best is 4:24.18 from last year’s GLVC Championships. So far, Dalu is the only NCAA DII swimmer to crack 9:00 in the event this season.

Matheo Mateos-Mongelos, a Lindenwood freshman, took the men’s 200 IM with a new lifetime best of 1:47.49. Mateos-Mongelos didn’t post the fastest split in the field on any stroke, but his splits of 23.53/26.89/31.04/25.67 were each fast enough within the field to combine for the fastest time by over a second. Another freshman, Indy’s Landon Driggers, touched 2nd with a 1:48.57. Drury’s James Brown, who currently leads the NCAA DII with his season best 1:45.09, came in 5th today with a 1:49.49. Mateos-Mongelos is now 3rd in the DII standings, while Driggers has moved up to 5th.

McKendree picked up another win in the men’s 50 free, where junior Gregg Lichinsky swam a 19.70. The swim came in as a season best for Lichinsky, and stands 3rd in the NCAA DII this year. Drury freshman Karol Ostrowski was just .01 seconds behind Lichinsky, touching in 19.71. That swim was actually significantly off Ostrowski’s season best of 19.09, which is the top time for DII swimmers this year by nearly half a second.

Drury then went on to win the 200 free relay, where Ostrowski (19.68), Alex Bowen (19.56), Kham Glass (19.88), and Dawid Nowodworski (19.54) combined for a 1:18.66. Indy, which had cut the gap between themselves and Drury at the 150 mark thanks to a blistering 19.08 from Victor Antonon Rodgriguez on the 3rd leg, finished 2nd with a 1:18.88.

Women’s Recap

Drury got out to the fastest start in the women’s session, winning all 5 swimming events of the day. In the 200 medley relay, Laura Pareja got Drury out to a huge lead, splitting 24.89 on the lead-off, which was the fastest split in the field by nearly a second. Pareja was followed by Lexi Basler in 29.11, then Kasia Rogowska in 24.11, and Yasmin Preusse in 22.74, combining for a 1:40.85.

Rogowska and Preusse went on to go 1-2 respectively in the 50 free. Rogowska touched in 23.06, shaving .15 seconds off her season best. Preusse was next in, hitting a 23.29, .01 seconds faster than her season best. Rogowska is now tied for 2nd in the NCAA DII this year, while Preusse is tied for 4th.

Drury junior Allison Weber took 9 seconds off her season best to win the 1000 free, finishing in 9:57.33. Weber started to pull away from sophomore teammate Marina Amorim on the final 50, splitting 28.54 to Amorim’s 29.04. Amorim touched in a final time of 9:58.06. The pair are now the only DII swimmers to break 10:00 this season, making them the top two 1000 freestylers in the NCAA DII so far this season. Both swimmers also negative-split the race, with Weber splitting 4:59.69/4:57.64, and Amorim 4:59.53/4:58.53.

Drury’s Bec Cross took the 200 IM with a 1:59.81, edging out Indy’s Katie McCoy (2:00.03) after a tight race. McCoy opened up a big lead on Cross early in the race, splitting 55.70 on the first 100, compared to 57.36 for Cross. Cross then eliminated that lead with a 34.74 breast split, while McCoy was 36.42. A 27.79 free split sealed it for Cross, coming in .12 seconds ahead of McCoy’s 27.91. Cross now leads the NCAA DII as the only sub-2:00 IM’er so far this season, and McCoy currently sits 2nd.

Drury capped off the session with a 1:32.54 to win the 200 free relay. Mackenzie Wieberg led the squad off in 23.56, with Kasia Rogowska (23.08), Yasmin Preusse (22.85), and Laura Pareja (23.05) bringing them home.

Lindenwood’s Elle Christie won women’s 1 meter with a score of 433.00, narrowly edging out Indy’s Mikaela Starr (432.75).


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