Derek Hren Victory Highlights Nike Cup Finals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

It a good day for men’s breaststrokers at the Nike Cup in North Carolina.

In the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, there were two swims under the 53 second barrier. Derek Hren won the event for North Carolina State, posting a time of 52.94. Oddly enough, Duke’s Peter Kropp posted a the fastest time of the day in preliminaries. Kropp went a 52.40, but had to settle for second with a time of 53.26 in finals.

The top seven finishers in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke all earned ‘B’ time standards.

The day started off well for Duke. The Blue Devils took home titles in both the men’s and women’s 200-yard medley relay. The women posted a time of 1:38.70 and the men finished in 1:52.62.

The 400-yard individual medley was the longest distance event of the day. For the women, North Carolina’s Emma Nunn brought home the victory in a time of 4:17.46. Yale’s Kei Hyogo won the men’s title, touching in at 3:50.72.

Two Duke swimmers tied for the win in the women’s 100-yard butterfly event. Leah Goldman and Maddie Rusch both finished with a time of 53.21. The men’s 100-yard butterfly race was not nearly as close. North Carolina’s Sam Lewis won the race by nearly a half second.

Bella Hindley claimed Yale’s second victory of the day, winning the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:46.62. Scott Bole made the 200-yard freestyle a sweep for the Yale Bulldogs, claiming the men’s event with a time of 1:37.10.

North Carolina State’s Kayla Brumbaum earned a dominating win in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke. Brumbaum won the event by over two seconds, clocking in at 1:00.14.

Alexia Zevnik of North Carolina State led a strong field of 100-yard backstrokers. Zevnik won the women’s event with a time of 51.65. She was one of 11 swimmers to earn a ‘B’ time standard in the event. Andreas Scheillerup led a 1-2 North Carolina State finish in the men’s 100-yard backstroke. Scheillerup beat teammate Hennessey Stuart with a time of 46.26.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Yale took home the women’s title with a time of 7:14.91. On the men’s side, the Bulldogs also won with a time of 6:34.13.

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Author: Peter Baugh

Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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