Helm Wins First NCAA Title While Pijulet Collects Another

Photo Courtesy: Queens Athletics

Women’s 100 Backstroke

Northern Michigan freshman Rachel Helm pulled somewhat of an upset in the women’s 100 back, out-touching top seed Yekaterina Rudenko from Drury, 53.79 to 53.83. The two were neck and neck the entire race, with Rudenko going out a few-hundredths faster and Helm coming back exactly one tenth faster.

Queens senior Hannah Peiffer was just behind in 53.91, the last woman in the field under 54 seconds. She was out identical to Rudenko, but was just out-touched down the stretch.

 Event 23  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
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  Division II: R 52.45  3/14/2014 Mary Hanson, Cal Baptist
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Rachel Helm            FR NMU                 54.13      53.79   20  
             26.15        53.79 (27.64)
  2 Yekaterina Rudenko     JR Drury               54.05      53.83   17  
             26.09        53.83 (27.74)
  3 Hannah Peiffer         SR Queens (NC)         54.18      53.91   16  
             26.09        53.91 (27.82)
  4 Brenna Gabrielson      SR Wayne State         54.53      54.36   15  
             26.20        54.36 (28.16)
  5 Anastasia Klyarovskay  SR Delta State         55.19      54.41   14  
             26.60        54.41 (27.81)
  6 Cecilia Hake           JR MSU Mankato         54.86      54.48   13  
             26.09        54.48 (28.39)
  7 Viktoriya Arkhipova    SR Wingate             54.81      54.52   12  
             26.63        54.52 (27.89)
  8 Meri Cizmar            SR Findlay             54.22      54.85   11  
             26.55        54.85 (28.30)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Aleksandra Tomala      FR Lindenwood          55.27      55.99    9  
             27.07        55.99 (28.92)
 10 Karis Fuller           SO LIU Post            55.76      56.08    7  
             27.35        56.08 (28.73)
 11 Emma Wahlstrom         SR Nova S'eastern      55.50      56.15    6  
             27.04        56.15 (29.11)
 12 Morgan McClure         JR Cal State East B    56.11      56.20    5  
             27.30        56.20 (28.90)
 13 Mary Saiz              SR Colorado Mesa       55.71      56.21    4  
             27.13        56.21 (29.08)
 14 Amanda Thielen         SO Saginaw Valley      55.60      56.64    3  
             27.63        56.64 (29.01)
 15 Lindsay McNall         SR St. Michael's       56.13      56.67    2  
             27.47        56.67 (29.20)
 16 Hannah Nicks           SR Truman State        56.11      56.78    1  
             27.48        56.78 (29.30)

Men’s 100 Backstroke

Queens junior Paul Pijulet followed up on his 100 butterfly win from yesterday to take the 100 backstroke tonight in 46.58. That is just 3-tenths off of the NCAA record in the event. Lindenwood junior Serghei Golban, who won the 50 free on the first night, was the only other man in the field under 47.0, finishing 2nd in 46.89.

NCAA record holder Marco Palacios finished out the podium with a 3rd place finish of 47.03.

 Event 24  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
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  Division II: R 46.27  3/10/2016 Marco Palacios, Florida Southern
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Paul Pijulet           JR Queens (NC)         46.98      46.58   20  
             22.30        46.58 (24.28)
  2 Serghei Golban         JR Lindenwood          47.41      46.89   17  
             22.16        46.89 (24.73)
  3 Marco Palacios         SR Florida Southern    47.91      47.03   16  
             22.28        47.03 (24.75)
  4 Lajos Budai            FR NMU                 47.65      47.14   15  
             22.69        47.14 (24.45)
  5 Zach Bunner            JR Queens (NC)         47.50      47.23   14  
             22.57        47.23 (24.66)
  6 Dmytro Drobnych        SO Wayne State         47.94      47.64   13  
             23.04        47.64 (24.60)
  7 Rodrigo Codo Berti     SO Indy                47.81      48.01   12  
             23.44        48.01 (24.57)
  8 Jake Minasi            JR Limestone           48.23      48.75   11  
             23.48        48.75 (25.27)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Harry Shalamon         FR Grand Valley        48.29      48.32    9  
             23.37        48.32 (24.95)
 10 Diego Gimenez          SR Florida Southern    48.23      48.72    7  
             23.32        48.72 (25.40)
 11 Evan Coleman           SR Florida Southern    48.91      48.78    6  
             23.39        48.78 (25.39)
 12 Mads Knoblauch         JR Lewis               49.31      48.79    5  
             23.43        48.79 (25.36)
 13 Sebastian Holmberg     JR Wingate             48.76      48.83    4  
             23.06        48.83 (25.77)
 14 Michael Cohn           FR UCSD                49.22      48.88    2.5
             24.02        48.88 (24.86)
 14 Dmytro Sydorchenko     FR Queens (NC)         48.82      48.88    2.5
             23.31        48.88 (25.57)
 16 Milosz Mikicin         JR Saint Leo           48.27      49.74    1  
             22.95        49.74 (26.79)
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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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