CLEVELAND, Ohio, February 15. THE Aqua Statesmen and Lady Statesmen kicked off day three of the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Championships with first place finishes in the first four events. Despite the terrific start, both squads remained in the same position in their brackets, hoping for their best to come when it matters most on Saturday.
Truman State remains in the top spot (647.5) with the Lady Statesmen (621) and OBU (399) in the top three. Henderson (288), UIW (261) and Drury (134) remain in the bottom half of the women's bracket.
MS&T has taken over first in the men's bracket (555.5) with the Tigers of OBU (523.5) breathing down their necks. The Statesmen (432), Henderson (408.5) and Truman (364) are in a close battle, while UIW (207) and Drury (93.5) have yet to gain ground.
Merv Terzioglu won the 400-IM by a nose in 4:31.79 to get the ball rolling. The Lady Statesmen would sweep the top-three spots in the 100-fly lead by Amanda Guidry (56.82) with Alyce Meador (57.92) and Jen Artichuk (58.03) closing out. Terzioglu came close to pulling out another top-finish but fell just short with a second place time of 1:05.37 in the 100-breastroke as teammate Ashley Thompson rounded out the top-eight.
Meador had the highest finish for DSU in the 100-backstroke, a fourth place time of (59.51), followed closely by Hannah Willis and Kaitlyn Pittman.
The Statesmen were led by newcomer Pat Weyrich and sophomore Roman Sereda, both had their second top-seed wins in the championships. Weyrich dominated the 400-IM in 3:59.15, while Sereda continued to dominate the 100-fly in (50.39).
In the 100-breastroke, Juschin Waldem and Geoff Winkler had solid finishes while Justin Ingvolstad finished seventh in the 100-backstroke. Weyrich lead the charge along with Alex Barillas, Tucker Marshburn and Ryan Crisco to a fourth place finish in the 800-free relay.
Special thanks to NSISC for contributing this report.