Brandon Lum Flies to New 200 Fly NCAA D3 Record; Pierce Tops Women’s Field

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The first set of individual events of night three at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships saw a new national record being set in the men’s 200 fly.

Men’s 200 Fly

NCAA Record: 1:44.93 – Alex Anderson, Mary Washington (2015)
2016 Champion1:47.28 – Douglas Kogut, MIT

After posting a personal best time by more than two seconds in prelims, Brandon Lum of Wash. U in Missouri arrived in finals ready to race. The sophomore held strong throughout the race, pushing to a final time of 1:44.56 — a new Division III record. His time takes down Mary Washington’s Alex Anderson’s time of 1:44.93 from 2015.

MIT freshman Bouke Edskes held close to Lum, finishing second overall with a 1:45.69, improving by close to two seconds from his prelims time of 1:47.64.

NYU’s Carlos Colmenares, also a freshman, jumped up to third on the podium with a 1:47.13 finish, followed by Emory senior Christian Baker and his time of 1:47.65.

Jonathan Zimdars of Kenyon grabbed fifth overall with a 1:47.84, while NYU’s Ian Rainey was sixth with a 1:47.92.

Carnegie Mellon’s Mitchell Riek and Amherst’s Samuel Spurrell touched seventh and eighth respectively with 1:48.92 and 1:49.74 respectively.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Lum, Brandon           SO Wash U. MO        1:46.33    1:44.56   20  
                 24.08        50.08 (26.00)
        1:16.64 (26.56)     1:44.56 (27.92)
  2 Edskes, Bouke          FR MIT               1:47.64    1:45.69   17  
                 24.34        51.39 (27.05)
        1:18.47 (27.08)     1:45.69 (27.22)
  3 Colmenares, Carlos     FR NYU               1:47.76    1:47.13   16  
                 23.94        51.08 (27.14)
        1:18.88 (27.80)     1:47.13 (28.25)
  4 Baker, Christian       SR Emory             1:48.14    1:47.65   15  
                 23.97        50.78 (26.81)
        1:18.26 (27.48)     1:47.65 (29.39)
  5 Zimdars, Jonathon      SO Kenyon            1:48.67    1:47.84   14  
                 24.93        52.42 (27.49)
        1:20.33 (27.91)     1:47.84 (27.51)
  6 Rainey, Ian            JR NYU               1:47.02    1:47.92   13  
                 24.20        51.36 (27.16)
        1:19.21 (27.85)     1:47.92 (28.71)
  7 Riek, Mitchell         SO Carnegie Mellon   1:48.77    1:48.92   12  
                 24.53        52.12 (27.59)
        1:20.12 (28.00)     1:48.92 (28.80)
  8 Spurrell, Samuel       JR Amherst           1:48.56    1:49.74   11  
                 24.32        51.86 (27.54)
        1:20.28 (28.42)     1:49.74 (29.46)

Women’s 200 Fly

NCAA Record: 1:55.66 – Logan Todhunter, Williams (2012)
2016 Champion2:00.53 – Amanda Stadermann, Washington University

Megan Pierce of Williams uncorked a 1:59.76 to blast past the two-minute mark in the women’s 200 fly. Tonight’s win adds another gold to her collection after claiming victory in the 400 IM last night.

RPI’s Shanny Lin posted a second place finish of 2:01.30, scraping .88 seconds off her prelims time of 2:02.18. She was followed closely by Ursinus’ Meggie Leitz, who moved up from her sixth place seed to claim the bronze medal with a 2:01.63.

Veronica Wolff, also of Williams, picked up fourth with a final time of 2:01.77, while St. Thomas’ Katelyn Strauss was fifth with a 2:01.83.

Grove City’s Anne Dassow (2:02.01), Johns Hopkins’ Abigail Brown (2:02.09), and Emory’s Megan Campbell (2:04.38) rounded out the top eight.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Pierce, Megan          SR Williams          2:00.68    1:59.76   20  
                 27.48        58.27 (30.79)
        1:28.73 (30.46)     1:59.76 (31.03)
  2 Lin, Shanny            JR RPI               2:02.18    2:01.30   17  
                 27.15        57.90 (30.75)
        1:29.55 (31.65)     2:01.30 (31.75)
  3 Leitz, Meggie          JR Ursinus           2:02.49    2:01.63   16  
                 26.84        57.41 (30.57)
        1:28.63 (31.22)     2:01.63 (33.00)
  4 Wolff, Veronica        FR Williams          2:02.20    2:01.77   15  
                 27.28        58.41 (31.13)
        1:29.44 (31.03)     2:01.77 (32.33)
  5 Strauss, Katelyn       SO St. Thomas        2:02.00    2:01.83   14  
                 27.14        57.56 (30.42)
        1:29.02 (31.46)     2:01.83 (32.81)
  6 Dassow, Anne           FR Grove City        2:02.61    2:02.01   13  
                 27.55        58.48 (30.93)
        1:29.96 (31.48)     2:02.01 (32.05)
  7 Brown, Abigail         SR Johns Hopkins     2:03.13    2:02.09   12  
                 27.80        58.71 (30.91)
        1:30.48 (31.77)     2:02.09 (31.61)
  8 Campbell, Megan        JR Emory             2:02.25    2:04.38   11  
                 27.64        58.73 (31.09)
        1:31.04 (32.31)     2:04.38 (33.34)

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  1. Pat Laughlin

    So awesome, Great job Brandon!
    Check this out Solie Laughlin

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