By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern
The CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships began on February 17. at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
On the Women’s Side
Florida Gulf Coast University took first place in the 200 yard Medley Relay and the 800 yard Freestyle Relay. FGCU’s lineup of Elise Haan (24.24), Katie Ermitage (27.37), Fanny Teijonsalo (23.56) and Katie Latham (22.49) won the medley with a time of 1:37.66.
Following close behind was Liberty University with a 1:39.37 swum by Victoria Tschoke (25.50), Prudence Rooker (27.74), Kendall Hough (23.69), and Rachel Hoeve (22.44). Third place time was Gardner-Webb University with a 1:42.92 swam by Lili Toth (25.95), Whitney Peters (28.83), Giorgie Graves (24.52), and Kelsey Williams (23.62).
The 800 yard freestyle relay swam by FGCU’s Haan (1:47.67), Linda Shaw (1:48.67), Barbara Caraballo (1:48.48), and Lani Cabrera (1:49.01) set a new CCSA record of 7:13.83.
Liberty relay of Natalie Beale (1:48.68), Ashley Sall (1:50.81), Kristin VanDeventer (1:50.46), and Shelby Black (1:51.75) followed in second place with a time of 7:21.70 . Georgia Southern took third place with a time of 7:26.10 swam by Kylee Parsons, Kaylyn Thomas, Rachel Pelzek, and Mykala Arnold.
3-meter diving was won by GSU, Emma Weisel with a score of 294.90. Mikaila Burning of FGCU placed second with a score of 264.35. In third place was Kimberly Forster from University of the Incarnate Word with a score of 243.05.
Scores and Standings after Day 1:
- Florida Gulf Coast-189
- Liberty University-179
- University of the Incarnate Word-169
- Georgia Southern-163
- Gardner-Webb University-106
- Campbell University-98
- University of North Carolina Asheville-94
- University of North Florida-90
- Howard University-80
- Virginia Military Institute-66
- North Carolina A&T State University-66
On the Men’s Side
The 800 yard freestyle relay was a close race. In first place, University of the Incarnate Word relay of Beau Fusilier (1:37.92), Kyrylo Shvets (1:38.39), Jack Hennessy II (1:38.57), and Connor Hennessy (1:38.22) won with a 6:33.10.
Second place team of Nikola Trajkovic (1:38.44), Ahmed Wahby (1:40.09), Felix Richtsfeld (1:39.02), and Gregor Spoerlein (1:36.66) from UMBC swam a 6:34.21. Old Dominican team, Anton Mikaelsson (1:39.26), Reed Mathews (1:38.40), Donovan Pope (1:39.96), and Vitor Sa (1:37.65) finished third place with an overall time of 6:35.27.
Men’s 1 meter diving was won by Ryan McIntire of FAU with a score of 344.95. Second place from Old Dominion, with a score of 303.00 was Corey Moreno. In third place, with a score of 278.75, was Old Dominion teammate Danny Rabe.
The 200 yard medley was won by Gardner-Webb University with a time of 1:27.72. The relay was swam by Connor Bos (21.98), Jake Ennis (25.17), Tyler Gomez (21.55), and Nathan Lile (19.02).
Second place finishers, Pope (23.27), Zeidler (24.05), Matthews (21.18), and Graham Thatcher (19.89), of Old Dominion went a 1:28.39 in the medley relay. UMBC finished third with a time of 1:28.81, swam by Alexander Gliese (22.93), Leo Endres (24.36), Philip Adejumo (21.83), and Gregory Spoerlein (19.69).
Scores and Standings after Day 1:
- University of the Incarnate Word- 193
- Old Dominion University- 189
- UMBC- 180
- Florida Atlantic University- 136
- New Jersey Institute of Technology- 125
- Gardner-Webb University- 114
- Howard University- 92
- Virginia Military Institute- 88
The meet will kick off Day 2 tomorrow with prelims starting at 10a.m.