Michalak Lowers NCAA Record In 100 Breast En Route To Third Event Title

Photo Courtesy: West Florida Athletics

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

West Florida senior Theresa Michalak grabbed her third individual NCAA title of this meet tonight and added a second NCAA record when she touched first in the 100 breaststroke in 59.51. That makes her the first Division II athlete to swim under a minute in the event and defended her title in this event from last year’s meet.

Michalak was out fast in 28.18 and didn’t look back, but Drury’s Bailee Nunn was right behind the whole way, also swimming under a 1:00 to go 59.69 in a personal best time. The two were light years ahead of the field, with 3rd place going to Nova Southeastern’s Malin Westman. For reference for how fast this event was this year, Westman and Drury’s Zuzanna Chwadeczko both posted times that would have won the event at last year’s meet.

 Event 25  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
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  Division II: R 1:00.54  3/10/2017 Bailee Nunn, Drury
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Theresa Michalak       SR West Florida      1:01.31      59.51R  20  
             28.18        59.51 (31.33)
  2 Bailee Nunn            FR Drury             1:00.54      59.69R  17  
             28.25        59.69 (31.44)
  3 Malin Westman          JR Nova S'eastern    1:01.64    1:00.94   16  
             28.62      1:00.94 (32.32)
  4 Zuzanna Chwadeczko     JR Drury             1:00.99    1:00.97   15  
             28.40      1:00.97 (32.57)
  5 Manuela Ferreira       SR Wayne State       1:02.01    1:01.78   14  
             28.87      1:01.78 (32.91)
  6 Emily Heitchue         SR Wayne State       1:01.71    1:02.16   13  
             29.75      1:02.16 (32.41)
  7 Michelle Prayson       SO Queens (NC)       1:01.88    1:02.25   12  
             28.96      1:02.25 (33.29)
  8 Jaimie Bryan           SR UCSD              1:01.90    1:02.29   11  
             29.33      1:02.29 (32.96)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Jessika Weiss          SR Wingate           1:02.92    1:01.64    9  
             28.96      1:01.64 (32.68)
 10 Athina Konstantinidi   FR Indy              1:02.55    1:01.97    7  
             29.48      1:01.97 (32.49)
 11 Olga Kosheleva         SR Wingate           1:02.08    1:02.37    6  
             29.21      1:02.37 (33.16)
 12 Maggie Melhorn         JR Carson-Newman     1:02.32    1:02.49    5  
             29.90      1:02.49 (32.59)
 13 Ewa Dymarek            JR Lindenwood        1:02.31    1:02.63    4  
             29.53      1:02.63 (33.10)
 14 Daria Belova           JR Fresno Pacific    1:02.29    1:02.77    3  
             29.38      1:02.77 (33.39)
 15 Jade Arganbright       SR CALU-PA           1:02.44    1:02.99    2  
             29.87      1:02.99 (33.12)
 16 Anshanika Phetbenjaku  JR UCSD              1:02.84    1:03.41    1  
             29.65      1:03.41 (33.76)

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Nova Southeastern’s Anton Lobanov won the men’s 100 breaststroke in a blistering 51.76, just a hair off of his own NCAA record from 2015. The junior was out controlled in 24.65 before coming home in a quick 27.11, almost a second faster than anyone else in the field.

Fresno Pacific junior Maksim Shcherbakov finished about a second back in 52.74, and Queens senior Rostyslav Fedyna finished in 3rd in 53.30 after leading at the 50 mark. That is Lobanov’s third straight win in the 100 breaststroke at NCAA’s.

 Event 26  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
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  Division II: R 51.63  3/13/2015 Anton Lobanov, Nova S'eastern
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Anton Lobanov          JR Nova S'eastern      53.47      51.76   20  
             24.65        51.76 (27.11)
  2 Maksim Shcherbakov     JR Fresno Pacific      53.21      52.74   17  
             24.84        52.74 (27.90)
  3 Rostyslav Fedyna       SR Queens (NC)         53.19      53.30   16  
             24.59        53.30 (28.71)
  4 Alexander Peach        JR Delta State         53.89      53.59   15  
             25.38        53.59 (28.21)
  5 Sasha Palazzo          FR Wayne State         53.72      53.73   14  
             25.06        53.73 (28.67)
  6 Matteo Fraschi         SR Delta State         53.54      53.82   13  
             25.15        53.82 (28.67)
  7 Andrea Bazzoli         SO Drury               53.58      53.99   12  
             25.04        53.99 (28.95)
  8 Tobias Feigl           SR Limestone           53.56      54.10   11  
             25.33        54.10 (28.77)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Eric Usbeck            SR Bloomsburg          54.04      53.98    9  
             25.07        53.98 (28.91)
 10 Marius Mikalauskas     SO Grand Valley        54.07      54.15    7  
             25.55        54.15 (28.60)
 11 Miguel Chavez          SR Missouri S & T      54.09      54.41    6  
             25.75        54.41 (28.66)
 12 Luis Jasso             JR Florida Southern    54.15      54.42    5  
             25.31        54.42 (29.11)
 13 Jesus Flores           SO Drury               55.02      54.43    4  
             25.59        54.43 (28.84)
 14 Eric Tolman            FR Cal Baptist         54.66      54.59    2.5
             25.74        54.59 (28.85)
 14 Michael Oliver         SR West Chester        54.51      54.59    2.5
             25.70        54.59 (28.89)
 16 Bartosz Zarzecki       SR Indy                54.34      54.67    1  
             25.86        54.67 (28.81)
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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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