100 Breast Full of NCAA B Cuts on Day Three of Summit League Championships

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By Kaylie Noll, Swimming World College Intern

The third finals session of the 2016 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships commenced tonight, with many NCAA B cuts across the board.

In the men’s 100 breast, the top five finishers made NCAA B time standards. Tim Cottam from Denver stole the show with his winning time of 53.11, while teammate Patrick Guillory came back from the 100 fly earlier in the session to grab second with a time of 54.69. IUPUI’s Jonathan Stoller claimed third with a time of 55.07, Chance McQuigg of Western Illinois took fourth with a time of 55.21, and Denver’s Travis Greenwald moved into fifth with his 55.25.

Starting off the evening was the women’s 400 yard medley relay. The University of Denver did as expected, killing the competition by almost 12 seconds. The team of Johanna Roas (53.16), Amanda Sanders (1:00.27), Heidi Bradley (52.88), and Zoe Huddleston (49.85) swam a combined time of 3:36.16, missing the Summit league championship record by one hundredth. The IUPUI squad of Tori Kroon (55.52), Mary Klueh (1:05.98), Alexis Bullard (54.83), and Madison Taylor (51.71) teamed up to grab silver with a time of 3:48.04, only 14 hundredths ahead of South Dakota State University’s Cassie Hendricks (56.98), Kristin Erf (1:02.29), Richelle Bruyckere (57.38), and Katya Vakshteyn (51.53), finishing at 3:48.18.

On the men’s side, there was a similar story, as the Denver men secured victory with a NCAA B standard time of 3:09.55. The relay was made up of Anton Loncar (47.33), Tim Cottam (52.96), Kyle Robrock (46.25), and Ray Bornman (43.01). IUPUI scored second place by a hair in this event too, with the team of Aaron Brysch (50.06), Jonathan Stoller (54.33), Andrew Olson (49.95), and Lennart Kuester (44.03) out-touching Western Illinois University’s Sam Almhiemid (50.96), Chance McQuigg (55.59), Chris Neaveill (47.12), and Tyler Neaveill (45.18), who touched the wall at 3:18.85.

The women’s 400 IM was next, and it was won with a new Summit league championship record by University of Denver’s Bailey Andison, dropping almost seven seconds from prelims to swim another NCAA B cut, 4:08.35. Andison also broke the Summit league championship record set by teammate Maddie Myers in the morning session. Myers took second place with a new best time of 4:10.68, while teammate Clara Jenck grabbed third and her B cut, touching at 4:10.68.

The men’s 400 yard individual medley followed, with Denver taking first through fourth place. Kyle Ewoldt led the way, with a time of 3:51.24, while Lane Bretschneider took silver with a time of 3:54.48, one hundredth under the NCAA B time standard. Ben Severino moved into third with a time of 3:56.98, while Alex Walton took fourth with his 4:00.79.

In the 100 yard butterfly, Denver’s Heidi Bradley solidified her victory with a final time of 54.13. Maranda Buha from IUPUI secured second place and her NCAA B standard time, going the cut exactly at 54.49. Teammate Alexis Bullard finished third, swimming 55.17.

For the men’s 100 fly, Chris Neaveill from Western Illinois kept his seed and grabbed the gold, finishing with a NCAA B cut of 47.40. Ben Ussery of Denver moved into second place with his time of 48.52, while teammate Guillory took third, touching at 49.32.

Like in heats before, Denver took over the top four spots in the women’s 200 yard freestyle. Morgan Mullenix dropped her time to 1:48.53, Morgan Wice-Roslin also went a new best of 1:48.53, while third place Zoe Huddleston and fourth place Grace Sommerville also improved to 1:50.04 and 1:50.21, respectively.

In the men’s 200 free, Denver rounded out the top three finishers as well. Ray Bornman solidified first with his time of 1:35.16, Dylan Bunch moved into second with a 1:36.92, and Luke Williams took third with 1:37.19. All three men made the NCAA B time standard.

The women’s 100 breast was won by Amanda Sanders of Denver in a time of 1:00.69. South Dakota State University’s Kristin Erf and Kayce Smith then stepped up to secure second and third place, respectively. Erf scored a NCAA B cut with a time of 1:02.36, and Smith dropped her time to 1:03.52.

The Denver women showed their strength again in the women’s 100 yard backstroke. Johanna Roas took first with her time of 53.21, while Morgan McCormick secured second with her 53.67. Lexie Malazdrewicz moved up into third and earned her NCAA B cut with a time of 54.84.

On the men’s side, the Denver men went 1-2-3 as well. Anton Loncar finished first with a time of 46.96 and Kyle Robrock touched the wall second in 47.03, both NCAA B times. Jared Smith came in third with a time of 48.93.

For the men’s one meter diving competition, Krisztian Somhegyi from IUPUI was the king of the boards again, taking first place with 301.25 points. Teammate Mitch Mastey earned second place, scoring 294.40, while University of South Dakota’s Chase Testa took third with a final score of 271.55.

Women’s Standings After Day Three

  1. University of Denver – 706
  2. South Dakota State University – 356.5
  3. IUPUI – 335
  4. The University of South Dakota – 296
  5. University of Nebraska Omaha – 278
  6. Eastern Illinois University – 146.5
  7. Western Illinois University – 130

Men’s Standings After Day Three

  1. University of Denver – 675.5
  2. IUPUI – 468
  3. South Dakota State University – 359
  4. Western Illinois University – 340
  5. The University of South Dakota – 300
  6. Eastern Illinois University – 130.5