Queens Men, Women Defend NCAA DII Titles

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

It was an exciting and fast meet at the 2016 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships. An amazing seventeen DII records were broken throughout the four-day meet in Indianapolis.

After a strong final night of competition, both the Queens men and women won their second-consecutive NCAA DII titles.

The Queens women used their impressive depth to run away with the team title. They finished with 567 points, bettering their 540.5 points they scored in 2015. They were 202.5 points ahead of runner-up Wingate (364.5).

The Queens men also grabbed the team title with 449 points, improving upon their 433.5 points they scored last year. They finished 66.5 points ahead of second-place finisher Lindenwood (382.5).

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Queens’ Patricia Castro Ortega won four individual events this weekend, setting new DII records in all of them. On the first night, she set a new mark in the 200 IM. She also set new records in the 400 IM, 500 free, and 100 free. The senior was named the Female Swimmer of the Year.

Queens’ Dion Dreesens crushed his own DII record in the men’s 200 free by nearly two seconds. The junior also set a new record in the 500 free and was the leadoff on Queens’ record-setting 800 free relay. He was named the Male Swimmer of the Year.

Drury’s Wen Xu also set a new DII record in the women’s 50 free, and Wingate’s Sofia Petrenko broke the record in the women’s 200 fly.

Lindenwood’s Serghei Golban set a new mark in the men’s 50 free during prelims, and the crushed it again as the leadoff on the 200 free relay.

Wingate demolished the women’s 400 medley relay record, and Tampa broke the DII record in the men’s 200 free relay. Tampa concluded the meet with a new DII record in the 400 free relay.

Women’s Top 5 Team Standings

1. Queens-567
2. Wingate-364.5
3. UC-San Diego-345
4. Drury-295
5. Grand Valley-226

Men’s Top 5 Team Standings

1. Queens-449
2. Lindenwood-382.5
3. Florida Southern-299.5
4. Nova Southeastern-262
5. Delta State-249

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Author: Chandler Brandes

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Chandler Brandes is a junior at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Coaching and Sports Management. She swims IM and freestyle for their Division 1 program and this is her third year on board with Swimming World.

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