Indian River Sweeps Relays On Night One of NJCAA Championships

BUFFALO, New York, March 6. INDIAN River State College swept the relays on the first night of the NJCAA Championships, as is a common occurrence during The River's reign at this meet. IRSC has not lost an NJCAA team swimming title for 31 years, having won both meets for more than three decades. And, the men are looking for their 39th straight win, with the women vying for a 32nd consecutive triumph.

Indian River's Yurie Nakano (54.35), Patricia Casella (1:01.78), Solyvette Lizardi (54.76) and Maria Munoz (51.03) cut a second off the NJCAA record in the women's 400-yard medley relay to kick off the evening. The squad turned in a 3:41.92, clearing the 3:42.95 set by IRSC last year. In its final meet as a program, with Daytona State's athletics administration deciding to cut swimming earlier this year, the DSC foursome of Tiffany Sudarma (57.57), Vanessa Aycart (1:06.84), Ginny Grams (53.90) and Sophie Drake (51.80) took second in 3:50.11. Darton's Emily Mitchell (58.90), Gail Calhoon (1:07.59), Sandra Guerrero (59.95) and Anna Macht (51.64) completed the top three in 3:58.08.

IRSC's men's team smoked the field in the men's 400-yard medley relay as Josh Oathout (50.05), Byron Wolkers (54.34), Henrich Alberts (47.41) and Brad Tandy (43.29) won in 3:15.09, about two seconds off the incredible NJCAA record of 3:13.18 set by the River in 2009. Daytona State finished second with a 3:17.92 from Yianni Thermos (49.59), Roman Kanyuka (55.76), Charles Williams (48.93) and Marco Gonzalez (43.64). Meanwhile, Darton's Gabe Downey (52.25), TJ Bladn (54.85), Kyle Batson (50.16) and Matthew Jones (46.31) earned third in 3:23.57.

River's Yurie Nakano (1:48.41), Maria Munoz (1:52.24), Hallie Petersohn (1:53.00) and Courtney Parenti (1:51.80) captured the women's 800 free relay title in 7:25.45. Darton's Anna Macht (1:53.57), Sandra Guerrero (1:59.09), Anna Barnes (1:57.38) and Emily Mitchell (1:56.95) turned in a second-place time of 7:46.99. Daytona State's Monica Yoo (2:00.37), Kadeja Phillip (1:59.30), Hanah Kiser (1:59.99) and Triniti Counter (1:59.07) checked in third in 7:58.73.

IRSC's Chad Harrington (1:37.45), Bryan Clarke (1:39.30), Alec Scott (1:41.43) and Franklin Horpel (1:40.00) obliterated the field in the men's 800-yard free relay with a 6:38.18, while Daytona State's Blake Ehlers (1:46.03), Takashi Worrell (1:42.90), Stephen Parsons (1:40.60) and Victor Westerlund (1:40.53) took second in 6:50.06. Iowa Central's Goran Koprivnjak (1:40.35), Douglas Miller (1:45.06), Reese Bishop (1:46.80) and Obimakinde Obembe (1:46.35) finished third in 6:58.56.

Women's Top Five
Indian River 128
Daytona State 110
Darton 110
Iowa Central 102
South Georgia 96

Men's Top Five
Indian River 128
Daytona State 112
Darton 106
Iowa Central 102
South Georgia 96

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