INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 11. REPEAT championships were on the agenda as the NCAA Division II Championships concluded on Saturday night. On the men’s side, Drury totaled 649 points to defeat Cal State-Bakersfield (543.5). As for the women, Truman State grabbed the top slot with 664 points, plenty more than the 505 points of Drury. The championship was a record sixth straight for Truman, which relied heavily on its depth and prevailed despite not holding favorite status.
Drury iced its victory as Jakub Jiracek (1:57.79) and Artem Sloudnov (2:00.41) took the top two spots in the 200 breaststroke. The Panthers also posted a sweep of the top three positions in the 1,650 freestyle, thanks to the performances of Ryan Norrie (15:28.59), Mitch Snyder (15:31.62) and Michael Lewandowski (15:32.29).
Tampa’s Cole Tedhams, already the winner of the 50 free, placed first in the 100 freestyle in 44.07, just ahead of the 44.22 of North Dakota’s Rodrigo Ferreira. To conclude the meet, Ferreira helped North Dakota win the 400 free relay as he teamed with Adam Rollins, Eric Knight and Per Westergren for an effort of 2:59.94. Henderson State’s Emre Celik won the 200 back in 1:45.94.
In the women’s competition, West Chester’s Tammy Leane and Kathrin Dumitru punctuated spectacular weeks with respective triumphs in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke. Leane covered the 200 back in 2:00.07, just ahead of the 2:00.27 of Truman’s Whitney Wodstrchill. As for Dumitru, she defeated the field in the 200 breast with a time of 2:16.36.
Other wins on the female side came from UC-San Diego’s Sophie Levy in the 1,650 free (16:57.99) and Drury’s Mariana De Oliveira in the 100 free (50.58). Drury’s 400 free relay of Lindsay Zirkle, Ashley Gorman, Cara Fadel and De Oliveira took top honors in 3:26.58.