FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, December 16. FOUR meet records fell, while Florida Southern’s Alli Crenshaw posted her second NCAA Division II ‘A’ cut of the meet as the Nova Southeastern Sharks Invitational continued Monday night. The Tampa men and women continue to lead the team standings heading into the final day of competition tomorrow.
Nova Southeastern Press Release
Four new meet records were set on Monday night at the Fourth Annual NSU Sharks Invitational at the NSU Aquatic Complex. Florida Southern set three of the records in the women’s 500-yard freestyle, women’s 100-yard backstroke and the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay, while Tampa’s women set the meet record in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
With one day to go, Tampa’s women extended their three-day lead to 1,006.5, 75.5 points ahead of second place Florida International (931). Florida Southern (868) remains third, while the Nova Southeastern women (613.5) sit in fourth. Tampa’s men (1,313.5) continue to lead the men’s field followed by second-place Florida Southern (1,044.5) and third-place Nova Southeastern (807.5).
Laura Gutierrez (Fr., Valencia, Spain) was the lone Shark to win an individual event in the women’s 200-yard butterfly. She swam a provisional qualifying time of 2:04.34 to win the event.
Florida Southern’s Alli Crenshaw was the only automatic qualifier on Monday night after winning the women’s 500-yard freestyle with the new meet record time of 4:52.84. On the men’s side, Florian Mehlan (Sr., Moers, Germany) finished fourth overall in the 500-free with a provisional time of 4:35.06 for NSU.
In the 100-yard backstroke, NSU’s Marco Aldabe (Fr., Alicante, Spain) finished fifth with a provisional qualifying time of 50.00. On the women’s side, Florida Southern’s Lauren Reynolds provisionally qualified with a meet record time of 56.22.
Ashley Bransford (Sr., Santa Cruz, Aruba) went on to provisionally qualify in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke with a fourth-place time of 1:05.31.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Tampa’s A-relay team of Alexandra Hipolito, Erin Plachy, Brianna Murphy and Heather Glenday combined for a meet record and provisional qualifying time of 7:31.85, while the Florida Southern men’s A-relay team (Allan Gutierrez, Luis Rojas, Franco Lupoli, Jesus Marin) pulled out a close win with and meet record with a provisional qualifying time of 6:37.29. NSU’s A-relay of Marco Aldabe, Shane Kleinbeck (Jr., San Antonio, Texas), Magnus Lundgren (Jr., Stockholm, Sweden), and Mehlan combined to provisionally qualify with a third-place time of 6:46.11.
The final day of prelims will begin at 10 am on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10:00 a.m. Video streaming will begin at 9:30 a.m. To view the video stream, visit NSUSharks.com All-Access.