2020 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships Day 4: Incarnate Word, Liberty Emerge Victorious

Incarnate Word won the Men's Championship. Photo Courtesy: Kyle Staggs

2020 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships

Knoxville, Tennessee

The concluding day of the 2020 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships took place today, with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and platform diving events being contested. The championship meet is being held at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

On the men’s side, Incarnate Word won the overall team championship, with Gardner-Webb coming in second position. Liberty University won the overall team championship on the women’s side, with FGCU coming in second place.

2020 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships Details

Final Team Standings


  1. Incarnate Word (874.5)
  2. Gardner-Webb (685)
  3. FAU (651.5)
  4. Old Dominion (391)
  5. NJIT (333)
  6. Howard University (212)
  7. Mount Saint Mary’s (150)


  1. Liberty University (1566)
  2. FGCU (1403)
  3. Incarnate Word (1037)
  4. UNC Asheville (782)
  5. University of North Florida (698)
  6. Campbell University (690)
  7. Gardner-Webb University (657)
  8. Georgia Southern (526)
  9. Howard University (299)

Women’s 1650 Free

Mikayla Herich of Liberty University won her third title of the championships, having previously won the 200 and 400 IMs. She touched the wall at 16:38.96 for the victory. In second place was Incarnate Word’s Ximena Conde Merlos who swam a time of 16:46.22. Her teammate, Brenda Diaz Martinez finished in third place with a time of 16:47.00. FGCU’s Michaela Sizemore took fourth place in a time of 16:58.75, while UNC Asheville’s Skylar Rogan came fifth with a time of 17:00.41. Incarnate Word’s Hannah Rowley took sixth place with a time of 17:02.10, as Hannah Vandress of FGCU came seventh at 17:08.33. Georgia Southern’s Klaudia Holt rounded out the top eight swimmers with a time of 17:20.28.

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Men’s 1650 Free

Incarnate Word’s Alvaro Ibarra broke the existing CCSA League and Championship Meet Record with a time of 15:12.25. He shattered the existing mark by over 12 seconds. In second place was his teammate, Sergio Duran Mata, who swam a time of 15:16.14, also under the meet mark. FAU’s Will Smith finished in third place with a time of 15:33.73, while teammate Clay Reimenschneider finished fourth at 15:49.54. Also from FAU, Jack Shapiro touched at 15:53.66 to take fifth place, while Incarnate Word’s Oscar Cardenas Reyes came sixth at 16:04.01. Gardner Webb’s Will Anderson (16:06.96) and NJIT’s Justin Andersen (16:24.68) rounded out the top eight swimmers.

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Women’s 200 Back

Liberty University’s Payton Keiner broke her own existing CCSA League and Championship Meet Records in remarkable style with a time of 1:52.63. She had won the 100 back earlier on in the meet. Liberty made a clean sweep of the podium, with Emma Hazel (1:56.53) and Eva Suggs (1:56.75) finishing second and third respectively. Kristen Straszacker of Incarnate Word finished fourth with a time of 1:59.06, while FGCU’s Julia Rodriguez came fifth at 2:01.59. University of North Florida’s Anne Fletcher finished sixth in a time of 2:01.89, while FGCU’s Joely Merriman came seventh (2:02.64), and UNC’s Nora Segurola came eighth (2:03.52).

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Men’s 200 Back

Fernando Ruvalcaba Cruz of Incarnate Word took top honours with a time of 1:45.48. His teammate Erek Nelson finished in second at 1:45.97. Kyle Douglas of FAU took third place with a time of 1:46.47. He was followed by Tim Bennett of Gardner-Webb (1:48.81), Jacob Cobb of Old Dominion (1:49.07) and Reilly Maguire of FAU (1:49.67). Bryan Dunne of Gardner-Webb (1:51.49) and Hugo Eriksson of Old Dominion (1:53.42) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

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Women’s 100 Free

Liberty University’s Brittany Weiss captured the title in a winning time of 49.50. She was closely followed by her teammate Colleen Donlin with a time of 49.56. Wiktoria Czarnecka of FGCU finished third with a time of 49.73, while Liberty’s Hannah Baker finished in fourth (49.85). Melissa Cox of Georgia Southern came fifth (50.41), Jessi Snover of Gardner-Webb came sixth (51.16), Hailey Jerew of FGCU came seventh (51.30) and Campbell’s Colleen Renshaw finished eighth (61.63) in the tightly contested race.

Men’s 100 Free

Leonardo Sanchez of Incarnate Word clinched the win in a time of 44.23. Zach Dingfield of Gardner-Webb came second with a time of 44.41. Christopher Lestage of Incarnate Word came third with a time of 44.78, while Seggio Bernardina of Gardner-Webb came fourth at 44.85. Incarnate Word’s Norbert Aranyi finished fifth (45.10), Howard’s Mark-Anthony Beckles finished sixth (45.15) and Dowdy Sarvis of Gardner-Webb came seventh at 45.52. Garrett Hollcroft of IW came eighth at 45.80.

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Women’s 200 Breast

FGCU’s Petra Halmai took home the victory by a large margin, swimming a time of 2:07.38. In the process, she broke the existing CCSA League and Championship Meet records by over 4 seconds in what was a stunning swim. Liberty’s Jessica Schellenboom came second in a time of 2:15.80, while Chloe Rippey of Liberty came third (2:16.17). Mariana Ruvalcaba Cruz of Incarnate Word finished fourth (2:19.11), while Anna Hogan of FGCU came fifth at 2:21.57. In sixth place was Julianna Graf of North Florida at 2:22.59, while FGCU’s Lizzy White (2:22.76) and Liberty’s Kiah Francis (2:23.97) rounded out the championship final.

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Men’s 200 Breast

Oleksandr Karpenko nabbed the victory for Incarnate Word in a time of 1:56.86, almost two seconds ahead of second place finisher Jordan Mintz of Gardner-Webb (1:58.59). FAU’s Adan Diaz finished third at 1:59.62, Incarnate Word’s Alex Garriga came fourth (2:00.86) and Old Dominion’s Peter Durisin came fifth (2:01.36). Justin Conklin of Gardner-Webb came sixth (2:01.65), Nicholas Lyons of NJIT came seventh (2:04.06) and Will Twizell of Mount Saint Mary’s finished eighth (2:04.09).

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Women’s 200 Fly

Lindsey Cohee of Liberty finished in the top spot, touching the wall in a time of 1:59.21. Maddie Baiotto of Campbell University finished in second place at 2:01.61. Coming in third was Mary Traylor of Gardner-Webb with a time of 2:01.69. Sophie Taylor of Incarnate Word finished in fourth at 2:03.47, while Jessica Ware of Georgia Southern came fifth in 2:03.93. Catherine Allen of UNC Asheville finished sixth (2:04.35), her teammate Madison Rogan came seventh (2:05.19), and Sydney Groth of North Florida came eighth (2:05.54).

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Men’s 200 Fly

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz took top honours for Incarnate Word in a time of 1:46.00. Rateb Hussein of FAU finished in second place in a time of 1:47.49. Bryce Kuchan of Incarnate Word came third (1:47.58), while Cullen Fields of Gardner-Webb came fourth (1:47.82). Jared Wallace of Incarnate Word finished fifth in 1:47.85, while Chase Mattingly of Gardner-Webb came sixth in 1:48.33. NJIT’s Mattheau Bonner finished seventh (1:50.80) and Filip Svedberg of Old Dominion finished eighth (1:52.43).

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Women’s 400 Free Relay

Liberty University’s quartet of Payton Keiner, Hannah Baker, Brittany Weiss and Colleen Donlin took home the victory at 3:18.85. In second place was the team from FGCU swimming a time of 3:24.47. The Camels finished in third position with a time of 3:26.59.

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Men’s 400 Free Relay

Leonardo Sanchez, Christopher Lestage, Norbert Aranyi and Garrett Hollcroft of Incarnate Word clinched the victory in a time of 2:58.74. In second place was the team from Gardner-Webb, in a time of 2:59.36. The team from FAU took third place with a time of 2:59.95.

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