Michalak Sets Third NCAA Record En Route To Fourth Title

Photo Courtesy: West Florida Athletics

Women’s 100 Free

Theresa Michalak continued her record-breaking meet, capturing her fourth individual event title and third NCAA record in the 100 free. Michalak touched the wall in 48.44 to take down Patri Castro Ortega’s NCAA record of 48.54 from last year’s meet. Michalak will have one more swim at this meet as a part of West Florida’s 400 free relay.

In 2nd was Wingate’s Alexis Divelbiss in 49.32, here third runner-up finish after grabbing 2nd in the 200 and 400 IM earlier in the meet. Nova Southeastern senior Emma Wahlstrom rounded out the podium with a third place 50.10, her first top 8 finish in this event at the national meet.

 Event 34  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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  Division II: R 48.54  3/12/2016 Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Theresa Michalak       SR West Florida        49.21      48.44R  20  
             23.70        48.44 (24.74)
  2 Alexis Divelbiss       JR Wingate             50.02      49.32   17  
             23.81        49.32 (25.51)
  3 Emma Wahlstrom         SR Nova S'eastern      49.89      50.10   16  
             24.25        50.10 (25.85)
  4 Oksana Marchuk         FR Bridgeport          50.48      50.27   15  
             24.33        50.27 (25.94)
  5 Cheyenne Rova          SR MSU Mankato         50.39      50.28   14  
             24.37        50.28 (25.91)
  6 Natalia Garriock       JR Saint Leo           50.51      50.33   13  
             24.22        50.33 (26.11)
  7 Kyrie Dobson           SO Queens (NC)         50.18      50.91   12  
             24.31        50.91 (26.60)
  8 Lara Marshall          JR Queens (NC)         50.53      50.92   11  
             24.19        50.92 (26.73)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Josephina Lorda        SO Queens (NC)         50.69      50.69    9  
             24.57        50.69 (26.12)
 10 Mckenzie Stevens       JR Queens (NC)         50.79      50.80    7  
             24.55        50.80 (26.25)
 11 Chloe Bennett          SR Delta State         50.95      50.85    6  
             24.23        50.85 (26.62)
 12 Margaret Stansberry    JR Carson-Newman       50.80      51.06    5  
             24.60        51.06 (26.46)
 13 Anastasiia Manakova    FR Henderson St.       50.80      51.15    4  
             24.58        51.15 (26.57)
 14 Cecilia Hake           JR MSU Mankato         50.76      51.18    3  
             24.69        51.18 (26.49)
 15 Simone de Rijcke       SO Lindenwood          50.96      51.24    2  
             24.65        51.24 (26.59)
 16 Georgia DaCruz         FR Queens (NC)         50.62      51.25    1  
             24.76        51.25 (26.49)

Men’s 100 Free

Marius Kusch grabbed his third individual NCAA title in the 100 freestyle, touching first in 43.03 to drop 3-tenths from his prelims swim. Kusch had previously won the 200 IM and 200 butterfly, setting an NCAA record in the latter event.

In 2nd was Delta State’s Mattia Schirru with a 43.31, while freshman Lajos Budai ended up 3rd in 43.33. Budai was the top seed coming into the meet and was the only freshman to make an appearance in either the A or B final.

 Event 35  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
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  Division II: R 42.61  3/17/2012 Andrey Seryy, Wayne State
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Marius Kusch           SO Queens (NC)         43.32      43.03   20  
             20.47        43.03 (22.56)
  2 Mattia Schirru         SO Delta State         43.93      43.31   17  
             20.55        43.31 (22.76)
  3 Lajos Budai            FR NMU                 43.59      43.33   16  
             20.53        43.33 (22.80)
  4 Dion Dreesens          SR Queens (NC)         43.43      43.38   15  
             20.81        43.38 (22.57)
  5 Thiago Sickert         SR Nova S'eastern      43.61      43.46   14  
             20.80        43.46 (22.66)
  6 Victor Rocha Furtado   SO Florida Tech        44.02      43.71   13  
             21.11        43.71 (22.60)
  7 Jonathan Glaser        SR Missouri S & T      44.01      43.96   12  
             21.23        43.96 (22.73)
  8 Martin Hammer          SR TAMPA               44.03      44.31   11  
             21.66        44.31 (22.65)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Lennart Queiss         SO Wingate             44.42      44.08    9  
             21.10        44.08 (22.98)
 10 Benjamin Walling       SO Grand Valley        44.27      44.34    7  
             21.27        44.34 (23.07)
 11 Rodrigo Caceres        JR Drury               44.45      44.36    6  
             20.77        44.36 (23.59)
 12 Sebastian Holmberg     JR Wingate             44.29      44.39    5  
             21.12        44.39 (23.27)
 13 Daniel Rzadkowski      SR Drury               44.18      44.40    4  
             21.29        44.40 (23.11)
 14 Adrian VanderHelm      JR Simon Fraser        44.22      44.61    3  
             21.68        44.61 (22.93)
 15 Guilherme Zavaneli     SO Indy                44.35      44.68    2  
             21.59        44.68 (23.09)
 16 Hunter Bains           JR Saint Leo           44.39      44.70    1  
             21.21        44.70 (23.49)
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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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