CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, November 6. QUEENS University at Charlotte freshman Matt Josa is on track to have an impressive season, posting one of the fastest 100 butterfly swims across all NCAA divisions in a dual meet today with Division II rival Wingate.
Josa's 47.91 in the 100 fly ranks ninth among all collegiate divisions, and obviously well above any other swim in the Division II ranks. Specifically, he's a full second ahead of the next-fastest swimmer in the division. It's also a school record for Josa, and a second off his lifetime best of 46.92.
Queens press release
The Queens University of Charlotte swim program hosted conference rival Wingate University today in the pool at the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation. In a heated dual meet the Royals women were able to beat the Bulldogs 123-122, while the men lost by the score of 105-140.
The Royals women's team started off the meet with incredible races by freshman Hannah Peiffer, who won the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly in the B-cut times of 57.30 and 57.19 respectively. Peiffer also picked up another victory and B-cut later in the race when she took the 200 butterfly in the time of 2:07.04.
In the distance race sophomore Meridith Boudreaux turned in a second place finish in the 1000 freestyle. The Royals continued this streak in the next few races as Lillian Gordy took second in the 200 freestyle with a B-cut of 1:53.36, and Kristin Diemer finished second in the 50 freestyle. Freshman Shane Knight also turned in a strong swim in the 100 freestyle when she touched the wall in second place.
Rounding out the meet for the women were dual first place finishes and B-cut times for Caroline Arakelian when she finished the 200 IM in the time of 2:06.08, and the 200 backstroke in 2:00.23. Gordy followed suit with a win in the 500 freestyle in the time of 5:08.96.
The Royals rounded out their night and took the victory with a dominant 800 freestyle relay victory. Arakelian, Gordy, Lauren Frizzell, and Knight teamed up to turn in a 7:49.37 and win by margin of 10 seconds.
Harry Traystman started off the meet on the men's side when he took first place in the 100 back in the time of 51.55. Following him were Niclas Eriksson with a win the 100 breaststroke, and Matt Josa who blew away the competition in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.91 that automatically qualifies him for nationals and set a new school record.
The Royals were then able to rattle off a string of second place finishes consisting of Alex Menke in the 1000 freestyle, Felipe Oliveira in the 200 freestyle, Eriksson in the 50 freestyle, Christian Yeatts in the 200 butterfly, and Hayden Kosater in the 100 freestyle.
Next up was the sensational Josa who turned in a B-cut time when he won the 200 backstroke in the time of 1:48.93. The next two races were highlighted by more strong finishes when Menke took second in the 500 freestyle, and Eriksson came in second in the 200 breaststroke.
The Royals finished their night with fireworks when the 800 freestyle relay team of Josa, Kosater, Ben Taylor, and Oliveira won the race in the time of 6:59.37
The Royals hit the water again this Saturday when they host Davidson and Campbell.
Wingate press release
The number two Wingate University men defeated number four Queens University of Charlotte 140-105 Wednesday afternoon at the Levine Center. The number two Queens women edged number three Wingate 123-122 in a nail-biter which came down to the final event (complete results).
"This was a pretty exciting meet," Wingate head coach Kirk Sanocki says. "It was back-and-forth the entire afternoon. This meet was like a classic boxing match...Queens would touch us out, we would touch them out...each team took the other team's best shot."
"We don't like losing," Sanocki says. "It's been a long-time since we had a nail-biter. We had fun."
#2 Wingate men 140, #4 Queens (N.C.) 105
Wingate senior Marko Blazevski (Skopje, Macedonia) won three events, while sophomore Dylon Johnson (Fletcher, N.C.) claimed two gold medals for the victorious Bulldogs. Wingate won eight of the 13 events Wednesday.
Blazevski touched first in the 1000 Freestyle (9:33.19), the 200 Individual Medley (1:53.70) and the 500 Freestyle (4:39.85). Johnson was triumphant in the 200 Freestyle (1:42.96) and the 100 Freestyle (47.45).
"Dylon stepped up big time today," Sanocki says. "Marko is Marko. Today is a great example why he is an Olympian, a two-time NCAA champion and an All-American. We put him where we need him...and he shines."
Bulldog senior Reed Miller (Mobile, Ala.) won his signature event, touching first in the 50 Freestyle (21.42). He was third in a tightly-contested 100 Freestyle (47.95). Sophomore Roman Kanyuka (Moscow, Russia) won the 200 Breaststroke (2:04.67) and earned the 100 Breaststroke silver medal (57.55). Freshman Evan Kolovich (New Market, Md.) was first in the 200 Butterfly (1:53.98) and second in the 100 Butterfly (51.81).
Wingate senior Tim Kniffler (Mulheim, Germany) recorded three second-place finishes. He was the silver medalist in the 100 Backstroke (52.40), the 200 Individual Medley (1:55.07) and the 200 Backstroke (1:54.53). Queens freshman Matthew Josa (Charlotte, N.C.) posted an NCAA Division II "A" cut on his way to victory in the 100 Butterfly (47.91).
"Our men performed well today," Sanocki says. "The difference...a few things went our way at critical times."
#2 Queens (N.C.) 123, #3 Wingate 122
"We needed to win the 800 Freestyle Relay to win the women's meet," Sanocki says. "Our women's team swam hard. The coaching staff saw many good things today from our team."
In the aforementioned 800 Freestyle Relay, Queens sophomore Caroline Arakelian (Livonia, Mich.) opened the race with a 1:52.67 200 (an NCAA Division II "B" cut) to help the Royals post a victorious 7:49.37. Wingate's quartet was second with a time of 7:59.65.
Wingate sophomores Ana Fish (Carthage, N.C.) and Olga Kosheleva (Yekaterinburg, Russia) won two events each for the visiting Bulldogs. Fish won the 50 Freestyle (24.64) and the 100 Freestyle (54.21), a repeat of her performance in the five-time quad meet Friday and Saturday.
Kosheleva claimed gold medals in the 100 Breaststroke (1:06.93) and the 200 Breaststroke (2:26.06). The two victories (with personal-best times) are Kosheleva's first two triumphs as a Bulldog.
Bulldog senior Katie Pheil (Ocala, Fla.) and redshirt sophomore Julie Wessler (Sprockh?vel, Germany) earned one individual victory each. Pheil touched first in the 200 Freestyle (1:52.27), while Wessler endured for triumph in the 1000 Freestyle (10:32.09).
Pheil was second (to Arakelian) in the 200 Backstroke (2:07.72). Wessler received a silver medal in the 500 Freestyle (5:10.58) and a bronze medal in the 200 Butterfly (2:11.22). For Queens, freshman Hannah Peiffer (Hixson, Tenn.) won three individual events, while Arakelian posted three NCAA Division II "B" cut times.
Both Bulldog teams will return to action Nov. 22-24, as Wingate hosts the annual Fall Frenzy Invitational at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte. Thirteen schools will send teams to the event, including Wingate, Queens, Carson-Newman, Catawba, College of Charleston, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Lenoir-Rhyne, Mars Hill, North Florida, Pfeiffer, St. Andrews and Soka (Calif.).