West Florida’s Michalak Breaks 2nd D2 Record with 59.51 100 Breast

Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Women’s 100 Yard Breaststroke – Final

  • NCAA DII: 1:00.54 3/10/2017 Bailee Nunn, Drury
  1. Theresa Michalak, West Florida 59.51R
  2. Bailee Nunn, Drury 59.69
  3. Malin Westman, Nova S’eastern 1:00.94
  4. Zuzanna Chwadeczko, Drury 1:00.97
  5. Manuela Ferreira, Wayne State 1:02.01
  6. Emily Heitchue, Wayne State 1:02.16
  7. Michelle Prayson, Queens (NC) 1:02.25
  8. Jaimie Bryan, UCSD 1:02.29

Just a few hours after Drury freshman Bailee Nunn took down the NCAA Division II record in the women’s 100 breast with her 1:00.54 in prelims, West Florida senior Theresa Michalak snatched it away with a huge swim in finals. Michalak lowered the mark by 1.03 seconds to 59.51. Both she and Nunn broke the 1:00 barrier, the first two women in NCAA Division II history to do so. Michalak also set the Division II meet mark in the 100 fly on Thursday. The 100 breast win was her third national title of the meet.

There was an air of expectation as Michalak and Nunn stepped up to the blocks for the 100 breast final. They had been back and forth over the past two days, trading wins and national records, and it there was a good chance the crowd was going to see yet another meet mark fall. Michalak took off and was aggressive on the first 50; Nunn matched her pace, turning just .07 behind her at the 50 wall. Michalak’s second 50 was 10/100 faster than Nunn’s, and that’s all it took for the title. Both Michalak and Nunn crushed the previous meet record, giving the NCAA meet not one, but two, sub-minute breaststrokers.

Here are the splits of the four fastest 100 breast performances in NCAA Division II history:

Theresa Michalak, West Florida

3/10/17(f)

Bailee Nunn, Drury

3/10/17(f)

Bailee Nunn, Drury

3/10/17(p)

Kayla Scott, Wayne State

3/14/14

28.18 28.25 28.71 28.58
31.33 31.44 31.83 32.08
59.51* 59.69 1:00.54* 1:00.66*

*NCAA Division II record

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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