Division II Meet Recap: Drury Splits With Missouri St.

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The recently top-ranked Drury women took on Division I Missouri State and showed why they deserve that #1 spot. Read the recap of that meet as well as Nova’s contest against conference rival Lynn below.

Nova vs. Lynn (women only)

The Nova Southeastern University women’s swimming team faced off against conference rival Lynn at home this weekend, collecting their third dual meet win for the year with a final score of 172-88.

Recently ranked #3 in the country behind Drury and Queens University of Charlotte on the women’s side, the Sharks continued to show why they are a top tier team in Division II swimming. While mixing up their swimmers in a weaker event line-up, several of the Sharks still managed to post impressive times for this point in the season. Emma Wahlstrom took the 100 backstroke (56.44) and 100 freestyle (51.49), both NCAA B cuts and good enough for the third ranked time in the country in both events. Courtney DeVeney was just off her own third ranked time in the 400 IM, posting a provisional qualifying time of 4:28.88 to take the event. While Nova won most of the events contested, Lynn’s Galea Berraud did sweep the distance free events for the Fighting Knights, placing first in the 1,000 free (10:30.44) and 500 free (5:07.83). Full meet results can be found here.

Nova’s men and women’s teams won’t compete again until Saturday, November 19th, when they travel to take on Tampa.

Missouri State vs. Drury

Drury split with Division I opponent Missouri State this weekend, with the men falling 143-73 and the women prevailing 131-100. The Panther women are currently ranked #1 in Division II in the most recent CSCAA coaches poll, and they showed they deserved that with some top-level swims. Freshman Bailee Nunn was again a standout for the Panthers, winning three individual events. Her winning times in the 200 butterfly (2:02.61) and 200 breast (2:15.30) are both the top ranked times in Division II. Nunn’s third win came in the 200 IM, where she already owns the top time in the country with a 2:01.84 that she posted against Arkansas last weekend. That gives Nunn six number one rankings in Division II, and a scary amount of potential looking down the road at her potential impact at NCAA’s.

Wen Xu was just off her own top ranked time in the 50 free from last week when she touched in 23.49 for the win. Xu also won the 100 free (51.30). Erica Dahlgren was also a multiple event winner, taking the 200 free (1:53.14) and 500 free (5:04.54). Dahlgren currently has the top time in the country in the 500 free with a 4:58.34 from last week.

While the men’s meet didn’t go as well for the Panthers, the Drury men did notch some wins throughout the competition. They started off with a win in the 400 medley relay, while also pulling in two individual wins from Konrad Stepien in the 200 free (1:41.12) and 500 free (4:37.10). Kim Jun Han also had a win in the 200 IM (1:52.24) and great battle with the Bear’s Artur Osvath in the 200 fly. He touched in 1:47.92, just .07 behind the Missouri St. swimmer but good enough for the top time in the country by more than 2 seconds.

The Drury teams will host the Drury Invitational on Friday and Saturday of next week at home. The meet will begin Friday afternoon at 5:00pm.

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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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