Golban Defends 50 Free Crown, Michalak Adds Title

Photo Courtesy: University of West Florida

Women’s 50 Free

West Florida senior Theresa Michalak won the 50 freestyle in 22.79, about 2-tenths off of her prelims time. Michalak was the only woman in the final under 23 seconds, as Queens junior Lara Marshall finished 2nd in 23.01. Minnesota State University – Mankato senior Cheyenne Rova rounded out the podium with a 3rd place performance of 23.06. Notably, both Marshall and Rova made it onto the podium from lanes 1 and 8, as they were tied for 7th out of this morning’s prelims.

 Event 5  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
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  Division II: R 22.36  3/9/2016  Wen Xu, Drury
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Theresa Michalak       SR West Florida        22.54      22.79   20  
             10.95        22.79 (11.84)
  2 Lara Marshall          JR Queens (NC)         23.32      23.01   17  
             11.17        23.01 (11.84)
  3 Cheyenne Rova          SR MSU Mankato         23.32      23.06   16  
             11.29        23.06 (11.77)
  4 Cecilia Hake           JR MSU Mankato         23.09      23.10   15  
             11.04        23.10 (12.06)
  5 Kyrie Dobson           SO Queens (NC)         22.98      23.19   14  
             11.14        23.19 (12.05)
  6 Vera Johansson         JR Drury               23.29      23.23   13  
             11.24        23.23 (11.99)
  7 Maria Madsen           SO Wingate             23.25      23.28   12  
             11.26        23.28 (12.02)
  8 Yekaterina Rudenko     JR Drury               23.31      23.29   11  
             11.33        23.29 (11.96)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Sydney Panzarino       JR Nova S'eastern      23.36      23.21    9  
             11.36        23.21 (11.85)
 10 Chloe Bennett          SR Delta State         23.48      23.34    7  
             11.33        23.34 (12.01)
 11 Mikaela Lantz          FR West Chester        23.38      23.41    6  
             11.37        23.41 (12.04)
 12 Lezlie Bueno Estrada   SO Wayne State         23.38      23.43    5  
             11.32        23.43 (12.11)
 13 Bethany Steffes        SR Lindenwood          23.49      23.49    4  
             11.42        23.49 (12.07)
 14 Hannah Evans           SR Cal Baptist         23.48      23.53    3  
             11.60        23.53 (11.93)
 15 Marisa Barton          SR TAMPA               23.38      23.58    2  
             11.40        23.58 (12.18)
 16 Annie Lindstrom        FR Saint Leo           23.50      23.66    1  
             11.45        23.66 (12.21)

Men’s 50 Free

2016 NCAA Champion Serghei Golban defended his title in the splash and dash, touching the wall in 19.53 to get to the top of the podium once again. While off of his NCAA record of 19.18, Golban was still a good 3-tenths of a second ahead of second place finisher Mattia Schirru from Delta State University (19.80). Queens junior Paul Pijulet pulled out a nice swim from lane 8, moving from 8th up to 3rd with a 19.83 to earn a spot on the podium.

Queens continued to hold onto their lead over Drury in this event with two swimmers in the championship final, out-scoring the two that the Panthers were able to put up.

 Event 6  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
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  Division II: R 19.18  3/10/2016 Serghei Golban, Lindenwood
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Serghei Golban         JR Lindenwood          19.79      19.53   20  
              9.30        19.53 (10.23)
  2 Mattia Schirru         SO Delta State         19.88      19.80   17  
              9.43        19.80 (10.37)
  3 Paul Pijulet           JR Queens (NC)         20.07      19.83   16  
              9.70        19.83 (10.13)
  4 Rodrigo Caceres        JR Drury               20.04      19.90   15  
              9.43        19.90 (10.47)
  5 Dmytro Sydorchenko     FR Queens (NC)         20.06      19.91   14  
              9.58        19.91 (10.33)
  6 Nir Barnea             SR Florida Tech        19.84      19.94   13  
              9.43        19.94 (10.51)
  7 Lajos Budai            FR NMU                 19.99      19.95   12  
              9.74        19.95 (10.21)
  8 Daniel Rzadkowski      SR Drury               20.04      20.02   11  
              9.81        20.02 (10.21)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Martin Hammer          SR TAMPA               20.08      19.87    9  
              9.65        19.87 (10.22)
 10 Victor Rocha Furtado   SO Florida Tech        20.21      20.12    7  
              9.79        20.12 (10.33)
 11 Jonathan Glaser        SR Missouri S & T      20.16      20.14    6  
              9.71        20.14 (10.43)
 12 Samuel Feiser          JR Bloomsburg          20.22      20.24    5  
              9.73        20.24 (10.51)
 13 Samuel Schechter       SR Carson-Newman       20.31      20.29    4  
              9.91        20.29 (10.38)
 14 Thiago Sickert         SR Nova S'eastern      20.22      20.35    3  
              9.68        20.35 (10.67)
 15 Luka Barisic           JR Fresno Pacific      20.27      20.48    2  
              9.98        20.48 (10.50)
 16 Kevin Wylder           JR UCSD                20.23      20.57    1  
              9.81        20.57 (10.76)
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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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