7 Records Fall at GLVC’s Day Two Finals

Photo Courtesy: Kyle Staggs

By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern

At the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship, day two finals tonight, a total of seven GLVC records were broken on both the men and women’s side.

The night started off strong with the 200 freestyle relay, where the GLVC record was broken by both men and women. Truman’s women’s team of Evyn Spencer (23.35), Jamie Fitzpatrick (23.46), Alison Strickler (23.23) and Nikki Sisson (22.78) went a 1:32.82 breaking the previous GLVC record of 1:33.65. Drury came in second going a 1:33.66 with the team of Vera Johansson (23.79), Tessa Tilton (24.24), Janice Poon (23.55) and Wen Xu (22.08). UINDY’s team of Stefanie Haholiades (23.75), Malvina Choukri (23.66), Laura Bem (24.25) and Hannah Schuster (23.78) came in third place (1:35.44).

The men’s 200 freestyle relay record was also broken tonight. Drury’s team of Daniel Rzadkowski (20.23), Aaron Buckingham (20.03), Walter Ross (20.74) and Rodrigo Caceres (19.58) broke the previous GLVC record of 1:20.74 with a 1:20.58. Missouri S&T came in a very close second place (1:20.76) with the team of Dakota Anderson (20.63), Keith Sponsler (19.78), Jonathan Glaser (19.81) and Morgan Meyer (20.54). The squad of Adam Wise (20.69), Daniel Szakovits (21.12), Tommy Corner (19.94) and Aidan Brennan (20.61) of Lewis University touched in for the bronze.

Both 400 IM records were broken tonight as well. In the women’s 400 IM Drury’s Gretchen Stein won the event in a time of 4:22.75; this broke her own 2014 GLVC record of 4:24.18. Stein’s teammate Sophia Nelson finished in a 4:29.71 for the silver and Agnieszka Malecka finished placed third (4:01.40).

Will Shanel won the men’s 400 IM for Truman State. He went a 3:48.56 to crush his 2015 GLVC record of 3:51.16. UINDY’s George Oancea snuck in for the silver (3:59.41) out touching Lewis’ Quinn Poti who finished in third with a 3:59.86.

Drury’s Vera Johansson out touched, Evyn Spencer, to win the event in a 54.80. Spencer came in a close second place with the time of 45.83 for Truman. Paige Meredith touched in at a 55.38 for the bronze.

Stanislav Kuzmin from Drury bested his morning swim to win the men’s 100 butterfly in a 48.96. Kuzmin’s teammate Caceres came in second (49.17) and Missouri S&T’s Eirik Nielsen finished third in a 49.24.

Both the men’s and women’s GLVC 200 freestyle records went down tonight. Wen Xu of Drury broke her pervious GLVC record (1:49.17) with a 1:48.72 and won the event. Truman’s Sission came in second place with a 1:50.81 and Sarah Pullen from Drury finished in third with a 1:52.20.

Sponsler of Missouri S&T won the men’s 200 freestyle and broke his own GLVC record of 1:36.57 by three one hundredths of a second with a 1:36.54. Teammate Jonathan Glaser took the silver with a 1:37.43 and Drury’s Daniel Rzadkowski came touched the wall third for the bronze with a 1:37.84.

The women’s 400 medley relay was won by Drury’s team of Abby Lunzmann (57.73), Zuzanna Chwadeczeko (1:01.58), Vera Johansson (54.05) and Wex Xu (49.23) in the time of 3:42.59. Truman came in second (3:50.61) with the squad of Grace Fodor (57.10), Ally Neumann (1:04.89), Hannah Nicks (56.51) and Jamie Fitzpatrick (52.11). With the time of 3:52.82, UINDY’s Agnieszka Malecka (57.86), Michelle Mikaelsson (1:04.93), Madeleine Leger (57.97) and Madeline Mahoney (53.06) came in third place.

Drury’s men’s team also won the 400 medley relay. Ramiro Olivares (49.65), Jesus Flores (54.46), Stanislav Kuzmin (47.64) and Daniel Rzadkowski (43.27) went a 3:15.02 and with this time broke the GLVC record of 3:15.21. Missouri S&T finished close behind them in a 3:15.34; the team of Ethan Shih (50.23), Miguel Chavez (53.26), Eirik Nielsen (48.78) and Keith Sponsler (43.07) came in second. Lewis University’s Mads Knoblauch (49.81), Zach Ballon (54.99), Colin Williams (48.88) and Adam Wise (44.19) came in third (3:17.87).

Men’s Scores

1. Missouri S&T 400
2. Drury University 374
3. University of Indianapolis 333
4. Lewis University 217
5. Truman State University 214
6. William Jewell College 182
7. University of Missouri-SL 109
8. Bellarmine University 76

Women’s Scores

1. Drury University 497
2. Truman State University 419
3. University if Indianapolis 276
4. William Jewell College 215
5. Lewis University 174
6. Bellarmine University 106
7. Maryville University 92
8. Quincy University 72
9. University of Missouri-SL 64

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Author: Delaney Lanker

Delaney Lanker is a junior at Northeastern University studying journalism. She is a butterflier and captain of their NCAA Division I team. Before college, she swam for the Colorado Stars.

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