Arakelian Makes It Three Straight In The 400 IM

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Women’s 400 IM

Northern State’s Hannah Kastigar dropped almost 3 seconds from her prelims time to take the 400 IM title with a 4:12.99. Kastigar led the race from start to finish, finishing just over 5 seconds ahead of second place Alexis Divelbiss (4:18.24) and Melanie Tombers (4:18.38).

That matches Divelbiss’ 2nd place finish from last night in the 200 IM, and matches Tombers’ best finish at the NCAA meet.

 Event 12  Women 400 Yard IM
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  Division II: R 4:08.56  3/10/2016 Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Hannah Kastigar        JR Northern State    4:15.42    4:12.99   20  
             26.89        57.51 (30.62)
        1:29.19 (31.68)     2:00.31 (31.12)
        2:36.06 (35.75)     3:12.84 (36.78)
        3:43.32 (30.48)     4:12.99 (29.67)
  2 Alexis Divelbiss       JR Wingate           4:20.72    4:18.24   17  
             26.37        56.82 (30.45)
        1:30.32 (33.50)     2:03.78 (33.46)
        2:41.20 (37.42)     3:19.08 (37.88)
        3:49.69 (30.61)     4:18.24 (28.55)
  3 Melanie Tombers        SR Delta State       4:20.48    4:18.38   16  
             27.75        58.78 (31.03)
        1:32.36 (33.58)     2:05.24 (32.88)
        2:42.49 (37.25)     3:19.48 (36.99)
        3:49.52 (30.04)     4:18.38 (28.86)
  4 Courtney Deveny        JR Nova S'eastern    4:24.10    4:20.68   15  
             27.50        59.89 (32.39)
        1:32.23 (32.34)     2:05.29 (33.06)
        2:43.34 (38.05)     3:21.71 (38.37)
        3:51.92 (30.21)     4:20.68 (28.76)
  5 Josephina Lorda        SO Queens (NC)       4:22.45    4:22.06   14  
             27.38        58.37 (30.99)
        1:31.42 (33.05)     2:04.71 (33.29)
        2:43.21 (38.50)     3:22.41 (39.20)
        3:52.84 (30.43)     4:22.06 (29.22)
  6 Morgan McClure         JR Cal State East B  4:23.74    4:22.71   13  
             27.97      1:00.20 (32.23)
        1:33.44 (33.24)     2:06.31 (32.87)
        2:44.40 (38.09)     3:23.11 (38.71)
        3:53.41 (30.30)     4:22.71 (29.30)
  7 Bavindeep Basra        JR Fresno Pacific    4:22.29    4:24.18   12  
             27.99        59.79 (31.80)
        1:34.10 (34.31)     2:08.01 (33.91)
        2:45.36 (37.35)     3:23.15 (37.79)
        3:53.99 (30.84)     4:24.18 (30.19)
  8 Ella Bryan             FR Drury             4:22.40    4:27.77   11  
             27.43        58.85 (31.42)
        1:33.50 (34.65)     2:07.76 (34.26)
        2:46.71 (38.95)     3:26.36 (39.65)
        3:57.73 (31.37)     4:27.77 (30.04)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Megan Burns            SO West Chester      4:24.26    4:22.84    9  
             27.58        58.50 (30.92)
        1:31.75 (33.25)     2:04.58 (32.83)
        2:43.65 (39.07)     3:22.33 (38.68)
        3:53.13 (30.80)     4:22.84 (29.71)
 10 Alecia McGillivray     SR Lindenwood        4:27.21    4:24.00    7  
             28.21      1:00.33 (32.12)
        1:34.08 (33.75)     2:06.63 (32.55)
        2:45.52 (38.89)     3:24.37 (38.85)
        3:54.74 (30.37)     4:24.00 (29.26)
 11 Kierstin Page          SR Delta State       4:24.35    4:24.44    6  
             28.00      1:00.78 (32.78)
        1:33.53 (32.75)     2:05.71 (32.18)
        2:44.57 (38.86)     3:23.61 (39.04)
        3:55.24 (31.63)     4:24.44 (29.20)
 12 Madeline Pitt          JR West Florida      4:27.39    4:25.53    5  
             27.82        59.39 (31.57)
        1:34.71 (35.32)     2:10.29 (35.58)
        2:47.06 (36.77)     3:25.52 (38.46)
        3:56.05 (30.53)     4:25.53 (29.48)
 13 Ayleen Burt            FR Jewell            4:27.27    4:26.47    4  
             28.76      1:01.89 (33.13)
        1:36.18 (34.29)     2:11.14 (34.96)
        2:48.32 (37.18)     3:26.37 (38.05)
        3:57.21 (30.84)     4:26.47 (29.26)
 14 Samantha Postmus       JR Grand Valley      4:26.78    4:27.37    3  
             28.09      1:00.73 (32.64)
        1:34.16 (33.43)     2:07.70 (33.54)
        2:46.11 (38.41)     3:26.54 (40.43)
        3:57.10 (30.56)     4:27.37 (30.27)
 15 Sarah Hughes           SO Lynn              4:24.24    4:29.58    2  
             27.44        59.11 (31.67)
        1:33.70 (34.59)     2:08.51 (34.81)
        2:47.16 (38.65)     3:25.70 (38.54)
        3:58.18 (32.48)     4:29.58 (31.40)
 16 Savanna Saunders       SO NMU               4:26.07    4:31.05    1  
             28.68      1:01.15 (32.47)
        1:33.92 (32.77)     2:06.33 (32.41)
        2:47.24 (40.91)     3:27.85 (40.61)
        3:59.60 (31.75)     4:31.05 (31.45)

Men’s 400 IM

Queens junior Nick Arakelian repeated as 400 IM champion for the third year in the row. Arakelian was actually in dead last after the fly leg but worked his way into first with an amazing backstroke and breaststroke leg to take home the crown in 3:45.01, just over a second off of his NCAA record.

2nd place finisher Adrian VanderHelm was out hard at the 100, leading with a 50.26 after the fly leg but faded going into the breaststroke and had to fight back against 3rd place finisher Gabriel Hernandez on the freestyle leg.

 Event 13  Men 400 Yard IM
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  Division II: R 3:43.84  3/12/2015 Nick Arakelian, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Nicholas Arakelian     JR Queens (NC)       3:48.57    3:45.01   20  
             25.89        55.04 (29.15)
        1:22.72 (27.68)     1:50.24 (27.52)
        2:20.68 (30.44)     2:52.03 (31.35)
        3:18.69 (26.66)     3:45.01 (26.32)
  2 Adrian VanderHelm      JR Simon Fraser      3:49.89    3:48.07   17  
             23.31        50.26 (26.95)
        1:20.17 (29.91)     1:48.63 (28.46)
        2:21.62 (32.99)     2:55.89 (34.27)
        3:22.32 (26.43)     3:48.07 (25.75)
  3 Gabriel Hernandez      SR UCSD              3:50.71    3:48.52   16  
             23.86        50.80 (26.94)
        1:20.28 (29.48)     1:49.64 (29.36)
        2:21.75 (32.11)     2:54.68 (32.93)
        3:21.98 (27.30)     3:48.52 (26.54)
  4 Brandon Schuster       FR Cal Baptist       3:50.75    3:48.81   15  
             24.16        52.22 (28.06)
        1:21.78 (29.56)     1:50.94 (29.16)
        2:23.16 (32.22)     2:56.24 (33.08)
        3:23.41 (27.17)     3:48.81 (25.40)
  5 Cristian Vasquez       SO Lindenwood        3:50.69    3:48.86   14  
             24.44        52.10 (27.66)
        1:22.26 (30.16)     1:51.57 (29.31)
        2:23.02 (31.45)     2:55.62 (32.60)
        3:22.56 (26.94)     3:48.86 (26.30)
  6 Michael Oliver         SR West Chester      3:52.14    3:53.16   13  
             25.07        53.60 (28.53)
        1:24.74 (31.14)     1:54.65 (29.91)
        2:27.79 (33.14)     3:00.59 (32.80)
        3:27.33 (26.74)     3:53.16 (25.83)
  7 Felix Eigel            SR Lindenwood        3:52.42    3:53.52   12  
             24.46        53.29 (28.83)
        1:22.73 (29.44)     1:51.90 (29.17)
        2:25.72 (33.82)     2:59.51 (33.79)
        3:27.51 (28.00)     3:53.52 (26.01)
  8 William Shanel         JR Truman State      3:52.32    3:53.82   11  
             24.42        52.02 (27.60)
        1:22.47 (30.45)     1:52.33 (29.86)
        2:25.55 (33.22)     2:59.49 (33.94)
        3:26.96 (27.47)     3:53.82 (26.86)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Victor Polyakov        SR West Chester      3:52.75    3:50.40    9  
             23.66        51.71 (28.05)
        1:22.35 (30.64)     1:51.74 (29.39)
        2:25.08 (33.34)     2:59.20 (34.12)
        3:25.24 (26.04)     3:50.40 (25.16)
 10 Samuel Bryant          JR Colorado Mesa     3:55.64    3:50.78    7  
             24.58        52.69 (28.11)
        1:22.83 (30.14)     1:52.45 (29.62)
        2:25.02 (32.57)     2:58.61 (33.59)
        3:25.15 (26.54)     3:50.78 (25.63)
 11 Matthew Holmes         SO Florida Southern  3:52.95    3:51.67    6  
             24.16        52.07 (27.91)
        1:22.62 (30.55)     1:52.19 (29.57)
        2:24.73 (32.54)     2:57.41 (32.68)
        3:24.60 (27.19)     3:51.67 (27.07)
 12 Marco Aldabe           SR Nova S'eastern    3:53.87    3:52.84    5  
             24.50        53.24 (28.74)
        1:22.52 (29.28)     1:52.08 (29.56)
        2:25.08 (33.00)     2:58.50 (33.42)
        3:26.27 (27.77)     3:52.84 (26.57)
 13 Inigo Alarcia          JR Queens (NC)       3:54.14    3:54.20    4  
             24.50        52.75 (28.25)
        1:23.69 (30.94)     1:54.20 (30.51)
        2:26.45 (32.25)     2:58.95 (32.50)
        3:27.10 (28.15)     3:54.20 (27.10)
 14 Cody Lavoie            JR Delta State       3:53.37    3:54.68    3  
             24.55        52.92 (28.37)
        1:23.41 (30.49)     1:53.48 (30.07)
        2:26.25 (32.77)     3:00.02 (33.77)
        3:28.16 (28.14)     3:54.68 (26.52)
 15 Antonio Nunez-Alvarez  SO Florida Southern  3:52.84    3:57.94    2  
             24.52        53.05 (28.53)
        1:25.46 (32.41)     1:56.70 (31.24)
        2:29.63 (32.93)     3:03.29 (33.66)
        3:31.58 (28.29)     3:57.94 (26.36)
 16 Thomas McCormick       JR West Chester      3:55.99    3:58.33    1  
             24.65        53.18 (28.53)
        1:24.86 (31.68)     1:55.82 (30.96)
        2:28.66 (32.84)     3:02.30 (33.64)
        3:30.75 (28.45)     3:58.33 (27.58)
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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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