Max Irving scored five goals and Alex Bowen added four to help lead the Americans to a narrow 16-15 victory over France.
Italy rallied from two goals down with 18 seconds left to force overtime, but Team USA bounced back in the extra shootout session to secure the win.
Queens sophomore Matej Dusa broke the NCAA Division II and meet records in the 50 free with 18.88 on Wednesday.
The finals session of Day 1 will consist of the men’s 200 free and medley relays as well as the 1000 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 1-meter diving.
Drury’s Karol Ostrowski will seek to defend his 50 free title on Day 1 of the 2022 NCAA Division II Championships.
Drury and Indy are gunning for Queens, who are seeking their seventh consecutive NCAA Division II men’s title in Greensboro.
UIndy seniors, pictured here on 2022 Senior Day, helped the Greyhounds to lead in the men’s meet after the first day of swimming in Elkhart.
Colorado Mesa senior Ammar Hassan is looking for his sixth NCAA diving title to remain unbeaten in four years of Division II collegiate diving.
The Drury men broke the NCAA DII record and DII Meet record on Thursday evening. Ostrowski led it off with an NCAA DII and a DII Meet record in the 50 free.
Drury took .14 off the previous NCAA Division II mark set by Queens at the 2018 Championships, going 1:24.69 in the timed final on Thursday.
Findlay sophomore Tim Stollings is top seed in the men’s 100 butterfly on Day 2 of the 2021 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.
The action picks up again in Birmingham, Alabama after severe storms delayed the finals session on Wednesday night.
Alex Kunert of Queens is one of the top seeds in the men’s 200 IM on the first day of competition in Birmingham.
Lindenwood won their first Great Lakes Valley Conference title in program history tonight, beating out UIndy and Drury in an impossibly tight finish.