FORT PIERCE, Florida, March 8. BY the end of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Championships, Indian River Community College walked away with its 34th straight men's title and 27th successive women's title.
The men's team amassed 1,113.5 points, almost tripling Lincoln College's second-place tally of 460. Darton College took third with 455.5 points, while Monroe Community College (265) and Alfred State (233) completed the top five.
IRCC's women totaled 948 points, while Monroe Community College finished second with 470 points. Darton College (416), Lincoln College (324) and Genessee Community College (290) finished out the top five.
Katie McRoberts opened the evening with a win for IRCC in the women's 200 back when she touched in 2:09.62. Teammate Zack Stockman won the men's 200 back in 1:54.97.
IRCC kept it rolling in the women's 50 free when Shanda Casella won in 50.54, while Gideon Louw dropped his NJCAA record with a time of 42.78 in the men's 50 free. He initially broke his own record of 43.78 from last year with a preliminary time of 42.83.
In the women's 200 breast, Kalia Martin hit the wall in 2:26.11 to win for IRCC, while Aviv Sela of Darton won the men's 200 breast with a 2:02.09 as only the third non-IRCC victory in the meet.
Yesica Rojas of IRCC earned a title in the women's 200 fly with a time of 2:11.20, while Gordon Touw Ngie Tjouw of IRCC won the men's 200 fly in 1:48.52.
The 400 freestyle relays concluded the event as IRCC's women's team of Casella, Mary O'Sullivan, Cara Potter and Martin won in 3:30.32.
IRCC's men then shattered the NJCAA record as Roberto Gomez, Emmett Walling, Raul Martinez and Louw hit the wall in 2:55.64. That performance eclipsed the 2:57.84 set by IRCC in 2003.
Incredibly, the only NJCAA men's relay record that survived the weekend was the 2003 1:18.34 from IRCC in the 200 free relay.