Marius Kusch Blasts 44.32 in 100 Fly For New Division II NCAA Record; Moves to Fifth All-Time (RACE VIDEO)

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Queens senior Marius Kusch put up the fastest 100 fly time ever by a Division II swimmer on Thursday night at the 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships with a 44.32 in the 100 fly in Indianapolis. Kusch took down the meet and Division II records in the process as he was a 44.81 earlier in the season at his conference meet.

Kusch also took down the meet record of 44.89 by former Queens swimmer Matthew Josa from 2015. Kusch was already the fastest swimmer in all of the NCAA and he improved on that standing with his swim tonight. Kusch is ahead of the fastest man in Division I in Michigan’s Miles Smachlo (44.82) and is now fifth all-time in the event. He has moved ahead of Jack Conger (44.35).

The battle for second was very tight as Drury junior Pavel Semochkin (46.64) finished in second ahead of Nova Southeastern junior Magnus Poulsen (46.73). The top three were the only ones under 47 seconds in the final.

Florida Tech’s Victor Rocha Furtado (47.08) and Delta State’s Giulio Brugnoni (47.15) have showed some serious speed in Indianapolis this week but only managed fourth and fifth on the podium.

Grand Valley’s Gabriel Souza (47.27), UCSD’s Spencer Daily (47.30) and Delta State’s Gederico Bracco (47.56) also competed in the final.

All-Time List:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 42.80 (2018)
  2. Joseph Schooling, Texas, 43.75 (2017)
  3. Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics, 43.84 (2016)
  4. Austin Staab, Stanford, 44.18 (2009)
  5. Marius Kusch, Queens, 44.32 (2019)
  6. Jack Conger, Texas, 44.35 (2017)
  7. Jan Switkowski, Florida, 44.49 (2018)
  8. Vini Lanza, Indiana, 44.50 (2018)
 Event 15  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
     NCAA DII: N 44.81  2/8/2019  Marius Kusch, Queens (NC)
         Meet: M 44.89  3/12/2015 Matthew Josa, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Kusch, Marius          SR Queens (NC)         45.02      44.32N  20  
    r:+0.69  20.44        44.32 (23.88)
  2 Semochkin, Pasha       JR Drury               46.93      46.64   17  
    r:+0.70  21.59        46.64 (25.05)
  3 Poulsen, Magnus        JR Nova S'eastern      47.30      46.73   16  
    r:+0.66  21.35        46.73 (25.38)
  4 Rocha Furtado, Victor  SR Florida Tech        47.16      47.08   15  
    r:+0.61  21.85        47.08 (25.23)
  5 Brugnoni, Giulio       SO Delta State         47.22      47.15   14  
    r:+0.60  21.83        47.15 (25.32)
  6 Souza, Gabriel         SR Grand Valley        47.26      47.27   13  
    r:+0.66  21.45        47.27 (25.82)
  7 Daily, Spencer         FR UCSD                47.35      47.30   12  
    r:+0.66  21.97        47.30 (25.33)
  8 Bracco, Federico       FR Delta State         47.45      47.56   11  
    r:+0.63  22.37        47.56 (25.19)


  1. Joe Bergin

    Nnnnneeeeeeoooooowwwwwwwwww 💨

    • Walt Flury

      Eric Valley this seems like it comes from an alien world.

    • Walt Flury

      Eric Valley there is a point when it does become easier. I only felt it once at Indy in 84. I always had too much dolphin motion but, a med relay final something happened and I flattened out. I still don’t know how and I never did it again. It was transcendental and the only time I ever broke 50.

    • Eric Valley

      Walt Flury Sub-50 is so fast. You’re on the same lap as this guy!

  2. Eric DeMar

    Ryan – how amazing was this to watch?

    • Ryan Walker

      Eric DeMar haha I was waiting in the van because we were about to leave. Had an early night

  3. Fred Brockman

    How do they just keep going faster? The body can only be so efficient in technique, and so strong in muscular capability. It must be desire

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