NCAA Division II Championships: After Day Four Prelims, Queens Positioned For Title Sweep

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NCAA Division II Championships: After Day Four Prelims, Queens Positioned For Title Sweep

Heading into the final day of the NCAA Division II Championships in Greensboro, Queens University is positioned to claim both the men’s and women’s titles. While the Royals own a 470.5-385 edge over Drury in men’s actions, the Queens women hold a 405.5-312 advantage over Indy. It would take a huge surprise for Queens to not collect a pair of championships once the evening session concludes.

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Queens made a big statement during the 100 freestyle when Danielle Melilli (49.16) and Monica Gumina (49.45) claimed the top-two seeds, setting up the likelihood of a significant scoring haul in finals. It took sub-50 to qualify for the final, with the third position going to West Florida’s Ester Rizzetto in 49.60.

Lynn’s Luna Mertins led the way in the 200 backstroke, going 1:56.14, and Colorado Mesa’s Lily Borgenheimer clocked 2:11.34 to grab the No. 1 spot in the 200 breaststroke by more than a second over IUP’s Claire Mikesell (2:12.96).

On the men’s side, Gregg Lichinsky was quickest in the prelims of the 100 freestyle, on the strength of a 42.71 swim. Queens advanced three athletes to the final, headlined by Alex Kunert (42.86) and Matej Dusa (43.07). In between them is Drury star Karol Ostrowski, who moved through the morning heats in 42.87.

Drury’s Mikita Tsmyh is the top seed for the final of the 200 backstroke after a prelim outing of 1:41.85 while Florida Southern freshman Ludo Viberti posted the fastest qualifying time in the 200 breaststroke, going 1:55.55.

The fastest heats of the 1650 freestyle will open the last session of finals.

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