FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, December 14. FLORIDA Southern’s Alli Crenshaw and Tampa’s Heather Glenday posted automatic NCAA Division II qualifying times in the women’s 1000 free to jumpstart an exciting first night of finals at the NSU Sharks Invitational tonight. Florida International leads the women’s meet while Tampa leads the men’s side after one day.
Nova Southeastern Press Release
The Fourth Annual NSU Sharks Invitational began with a bang after two NCAA Division II automatic qualifying times were posted in the women’s 1000-yard freestyle finals on Saturday night at the NSU Aquatic Complex. Florida Southern’s Alli Crenshaw posted the top time of 10:00.44 setting a new Shark Invitational meet record, while Tampa’s Heather Glenday finished second with the second automatic qualifying time of 10:01.75.
Those scores helped the Tampa and Florida Southern women’s teams to second and third place respectively behind NCAA Division I Florida International after the first day of competition. FIU leads the pack with 291.5 points. The Nova Southeastern University women’s team is currently fourth with 165.5 points through eight events.
On the men’s side, Tampa came out strong very early in the meet and currently lead the meet with 259.5 points. Florida Southern (306.5) is a close second, but the Nova Southeastern University men are not far behind with a strong hold on to third place with 209 points.
Individually for NSU, Sara Akoubian (Sr., Run Dacula, Ga.) posted her first NCAA provisional qualifying time in the women’s 1000-yard freestyle finishing 21st overall in the time finals at 10:31.49. On the men’s side, Florian Mehlan (Sr., Moers, Germany) earned his first NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time in the 1000-free with a time of 9:34.33 and finished fifth overall.
Lauren Chapple (Jr., London, England) made the championship final after an impressive run in prelims in the women’s 200-yard individual medley. She finished third overall with a provisional qualifying time of 2:08.46. NSU’s Marco Aldabe (Fr., Alicante, Spain) followed with a provisional qualifying time of 1:50.52 and a second place finish on the men’s side, followed by Oscar Aldabe (Sr., Alicante, Spain) who finished third with another provisional qualifying time of 1:51.85. Florida Southern’s Luis Rojas won the event for the second consecutive time and set a new Shark Invitational meet record in the event at 1:49.44.
In the 50-yard freestyle, NSU’s Emma Lawrenz (Jr., Minnetonka, Minn.) finished tied for fifth overall with a provisional qualifying time of 24.17 during the women’s championship final. In the men’s 50-free, Esau Simpsonfinished third in the championship final with a provisional qualifying time of 209.83. Saint Leo’s Matheus Assis set a new Shark Invitational meet record after winning the event during prelims with an automatic qualifying time of 20.02. He also swam a time of 20.30 to win the championship finals.
In the women’s 200-yard medley relay, Florida Southern’s A-relay team finished on top with a provisional qualifying time of 1:45.49, while Tampa’s A-relay men’s team finished first with a provisional qualifying time of 1:29.23 to round out the first day of competition.
The meet will be streamed live on the internet starting at 9:50 a.m. To view the video stream, visit NSUSharks.com All-Access.