Marius Kusch Blasts New NCAA Record In The 200 Fly

Photo Courtesy: Queens Athletics

Women’s 200 Butterfly

Hannah Kastigar from Northern State held onto her #1 seed from this morning, taking the women’s 200 butterfly in 1:58.36. Oksana Marchuk, a freshman from Bridgeport, was out fast at the 100 in 55.97, but couldn’t hold on to the lead over the last 100 and ended up 2nd in 1:59.17.

Queens junior Mckenzie Stevens finished 3rd in 1:59.31, while her teammates Josephina Lorda (2:00.51) and Georgia DaCruz (2:01.46) placed 5th and 9th to move Queens back into the lead in the team race.

 Event 27  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 1:57.94  3/11/2016 Sofia Petrenko, Wingate
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Hannah Kastigar        JR Northern State    1:58.14    1:58.36   20  
             26.64        56.63 (29.99)
        1:27.39 (30.76)     1:58.36 (30.97)
  2 Oksana Marchuk         FR Bridgeport        2:01.38    1:59.17   17  
             26.28        55.97 (29.69)
        1:26.93 (30.96)     1:59.17 (32.24)
  3 Mckenzie Stevens       JR Queens (NC)       2:01.17    1:59.31   16  
             27.20        57.81 (30.61)
        1:28.45 (30.64)     1:59.31 (30.86)
  4 Jessie Gibson          FR Simon Fraser      2:00.08    1:59.63   15  
             27.02        57.11 (30.09)
        1:28.58 (31.47)     1:59.63 (31.05)
  5 Josephina Lorda        SO Queens (NC)       2:00.92    2:00.51   14  
             27.10        57.19 (30.09)
        1:28.43 (31.24)     2:00.51 (32.08)
  6 Charlotte Knippenberg  FR Wingate           2:01.39    2:02.18   13  
             26.69        57.18 (30.49)
        1:28.98 (31.80)     2:02.18 (33.20)
  7 Hannah Vinyard         SR Lindenwood        2:01.18    2:02.40   12  
             27.08        57.38 (30.30)
        1:29.10 (31.72)     2:02.40 (33.30)
  8 Lexy Raybon            JR Carson-Newman     2:02.06    2:03.09   11  
             27.26        58.06 (30.80)
        1:30.24 (32.18)     2:03.09 (32.85)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Georgia DaCruz         FR Queens (NC)       2:03.12    2:01.46    9  
             26.86        56.96 (30.10)
        1:28.62 (31.66)     2:01.46 (32.84)
 10 Meghan Keithly         FR West Chester      2:02.57    2:01.70    7  
             28.22        59.89 (31.67)
        1:30.75 (30.86)     2:01.70 (30.95)
 11 Paige Meredith         SR Jewell            2:02.43    2:02.93    6  
             28.47        59.34 (30.87)
        1:30.76 (31.42)     2:02.93 (32.17)
 12 Madeline Pitt          JR West Florida      2:03.07    2:03.35    5  
             27.41        58.26 (30.85)
        1:30.63 (32.37)     2:03.35 (32.72)
 13 Lena Kirchner          SR Lindenwood        2:03.28    2:03.51    4  
             27.40        58.28 (30.88)
        1:30.43 (32.15)     2:03.51 (33.08)
 14 Lauren Swistak         SR Simon Fraser      2:03.00    2:04.56    3  
             27.81        58.96 (31.15)
        1:31.24 (32.28)     2:04.56 (33.32)
 15 Melanie Tombers        SR Delta State       2:02.57    2:04.76    2  
             27.87      1:00.03 (32.16)
        1:32.34 (32.31)     2:04.76 (32.42)
 16 Courtney Chacon        SR Cal Baptist       2:03.38    2:05.17    1  
             27.90        59.07 (31.17)
        1:31.79 (32.72)     2:05.17 (33.38)

Men’s 200 Butterfly

Queens sophomore Marius Kusch swam to the second NCAA record we’ve seen tonight, blasting a 1:42.04 to take down Matthew Josa’s 2015 record of 1:42.96. Kusch was out fast in 22.26 and didn’t look back, leading at every wall to break the record by nearly a second.

UCSD senior Gabriel Hernandez was almost 3 seconds back in 2nd in 1:44.80, while Fresno Pacific freshman Aleksei Averchenko was 3rd in 1:44.86.

 Event 28  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
  Division II: R 1:42.96  3/13/2015 Matthew Josa, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Marius Kusch           SO Queens (NC)       1:44.28    1:42.04R  20  
             22.26        47.64 (25.38)
        1:14.63 (26.99)     1:42.04 (27.41)
  2 Gabriel Hernandez      SR UCSD              1:46.13    1:44.80   17  
             23.61        50.10 (26.49)
        1:17.31 (27.21)     1:44.80 (27.49)
  3 Aleksei Averchenko     FR Fresno Pacific    1:46.24    1:44.86   16  
             23.00        49.55 (26.55)
        1:16.69 (27.14)     1:44.86 (28.17)
  4 Cristian Vasquez       SO Lindenwood        1:47.17    1:46.57   15  
             23.79        50.61 (26.82)
        1:18.29 (27.68)     1:46.57 (28.28)
  5 Thiago Sickert         SR Nova S'eastern    1:46.57    1:46.86   14  
             23.06        50.15 (27.09)
        1:17.91 (27.76)     1:46.86 (28.95)
  6 Antonio Nunez-Alvarez  SO Florida Southern  1:47.12    1:47.12   13  
             23.88        51.11 (27.23)
        1:18.86 (27.75)     1:47.12 (28.26)
  7 Zach Bunner            JR Queens (NC)       1:46.41    1:47.74   12  
             23.28        50.61 (27.33)
        1:19.20 (28.59)     1:47.74 (28.54)
  8 Kevin Wylder           JR UCSD              1:46.71    1:48.00   11  
             23.28        50.41 (27.13)
        1:18.99 (28.58)     1:48.00 (29.01)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Jun Han Kim            SR Drury             1:47.23    1:46.24    9  
             23.46        50.36 (26.90)
        1:18.21 (27.85)     1:46.24 (28.03)
 10 Matheus Isidro         FR Lindenwood        1:47.65    1:48.08    7  
             23.74        50.82 (27.08)
        1:19.56 (28.74)     1:48.08 (28.52)
 11 Sean Rodney            FR TAMPA             1:47.73    1:48.28    6  
             24.84        52.73 (27.89)
        1:20.61 (27.88)     1:48.28 (27.67)
 12 Gabriel Lee            JR Simon Fraser      1:47.39    1:48.41    5  
             24.18        51.79 (27.61)
        1:19.96 (28.17)     1:48.41 (28.45)
 13 Rasmus Olsen           SO Wayne State       1:49.02    1:48.70    4  
             24.13        51.52 (27.39)
        1:20.00 (28.48)     1:48.70 (28.70)
 14 Niklas Martin          SO Wingate           1:48.71    1:49.68    3  
             24.28        52.31 (28.03)
        1:20.99 (28.68)     1:49.68 (28.69)
 15 Adi Davidov            SO Florida Tech      1:49.03    1:49.99    2  
             24.53        52.53 (28.00)
        1:21.30 (28.77)     1:49.99 (28.69)
 16 Eric Long              SR West Chester      1:48.41    1:51.10    1  
             24.41        52.60 (28.19)
        1:21.63 (29.03)     1:51.10 (29.47)
1 Comment

1 comment

  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    41st-fastest performer all- time and faster than the pr for the guy who won 400 IM gold @ London five years ago.

    See if he makes Germany’s World Championships team this summer.

    For that matter see if the guy who held the record makes the U.S. team for Budapest in this or any other event.

    Stay tuned.

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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