Yurie Nakano; Josh Oathout Double as IRSC Marches Along Towards NJCAA Titles

BUFFALO, New York, March 8. THERE really wasn't much doubt heading into the meet that Indian River State College would retain its titles at the NJCAA Championships, but one never wants to affront the athletic process. Well, after three days of that process, IRSC is well on its way to its 39th straight win in the men's competition, and 32nd straight wins among the women.

Indian River's Yuire Nakano (25.39), Patricia Casellas (28.75), Solyvette Lizardi (25.47) and Courtney Parenti (23.34) dominated the women's 200-yard medley relay with a winning time of 1:42.95. That performance smashed the previous NJCAA record of 1:43.46 set by IRSC in 2010. Daytona State's Tiffany Sudarma, Kadeja Phillip. Ginny Grams and Sophie Drake finished second in 1:46.15, while Lincoln's Karolina Siwiec, Destinee Ganious, Rachel Dean and Mariana Cury earned third in 1:53.10.

IRSC won again as Chad Harrington (23.04), Byron Wolkers (24.84), Brad Tandy (20.80) and Luis Flores (19.74) took the men's 200-yard medley relay crown in 1:28.42. Close behind, Daytona Beach's Yianni Thermos, David Lambert, Charles Williams and Marco Gonzalez took second in 1:28.89 with Gonzalez making it close with a blazing 19.06 anchor. Lincoln's Josh Lercel, Max Spencer, C.J. Van Wormer and Ty Jacobs touched third in 1:33.49.

River's Solyvette Lizardi picked up her second title of the night after swimming on the victorious relay. She won the women's 400-yard IM by two seconds with a 4:25.02. That swim fell a second off her NJCAA record of 4:24.06. Darton's Anna Macht finished second in 4:27.08, while Daytona State's Monica Yoo placed third in 4:38.99. IRSC went 1-2 in the men's 400-yard IM as training partners Josh Oathout and Alec Scott put on a show. Oathout won the distance medley in 4:00.21, while teammate Scott touched just behind in 4:00.23. Monroe's Kevin Burns rounded out the top three in 4:01.57.

Indian River had another 1-2 with Yurie Nakano downing her NJCAA record in the women's 100-yard fly with a sterling 53.27. That swim cleared her 2012 mark of 53.85. Teammate Emily Ramirez earned second-place honors in 56.37, while Daytona State's Desiree Bowker touched third in 57.69. River's Heinrich Alberts gave the NJCAA record a go in the men's 100-yard fly but settled for a 47.59 for the win. Daytona State's Charles Williams placed second in 48.98, while IRSC's Edwin Angjeli earned third in 49.30 as the top three all cleared 50 seconds.

Ginny Grams slowed down the River title steamroller a bit by capturing the women's 200-yard free with a time of 1:50.34. IRSC did, however, dominate the A final with five swimmers. Maria Munoz (1:51.41), Courtney Parenti (1:54.09), Kelly Faulkner (1:55.96), Shelby Leonard (1:57.06) and Lorena Guercio (1:59.93) went 2-3-4-5-7 for the champs. IRSC went 1-2-3 in the men's 200-yard free. Chad Harrington won in 1:36.57, while Frank Horpel (1:38.94) and Bryan Clarke (1:39.21) rounded out the podium.

The River picked up another 1-2 as Patricia Casellas dominated the women's 100-yard breast in 1:02.46, and her teammate Alyson Kaywork touched second in 1:06.58. Daytona State's Vanessa Aycart clinched third-place honors in 1:07.33. IRSC's Byron Wolkers followed with a 54.91 to top the men's 100-yard breast. Darton's TJ Bland finished second in 55.24, while Lincoln's Max Spencer took third in 55.30 in one of the more diverse top threes of the week.

Yurie Nakano doubled up with a near NJCAA-record time in the women's 100-yard back as she posted a 54.62. She set the record with a 54.35 as part of the IRSC 400-yard medley relay earlier in the meet. Daytona State's Sophie Drake took second in 56.98, while Iowa Central's Laura Silva finished third in 58.67.

IRSC's Josh Oathout also doubled, but this time with a 400 IM/100 back effort. He turned in a 49.74 for the win tonight in the 100-yard back, clipping Daytona State's Yianni Thermos, who touched second in 49.81. IRSC's Chad Harrington took third in 49.95.

Women's Top Five
Indian River 1077
Daytona State 599
Darton 576
Monroe 444
South Georgia 361

Men's Top Five
Indian River 1213
Daytona State 837
Darton 548
Iowa Central 408
Monroe 397.5

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