NCAA Division II Championships, Day 2: Early Finals Yield Three Records

2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship - Preliminary Round
Indy's Marizel van Jaarsveld; Photo Courtesy: NIK LAYMAN PHOTO/VIDEO

The NCAA Division II Championships are off to an utterly chaotic start, after Wednesday’s finals session was postponed due to inclement weather.

As such, Wednesday’s finals were contested Thursday morning. Thursday’s prelims were cancelled in lieu of timed finals Thursday night.

Anyway, here’s what happened in the races:

Women’s 200 medley relay

Queens held on to its top spot, hitting the exact seed time of 1:40.13 to get the win by eight tenths over Drury. The squad of Rachel Massaro, Danielle Melilli, Kayla Tennant and Natalie van Noy claimed gold. Third was Wingate in 1:41.10.


Men’s 200 medley relay

Drury turned in a meet and Division II record swim in the 200 medley, going 1:24.69 to undercut by .14 seconds the record set by Queens in 2018. Nathan Bighetti, Dawid Nowodworski, Dominick Karacic and Alex Bowen were the record-setting team, Bowen going 18.69 off the end. Second was Indy in 1:25.03, also under the meet record, as was third-place McKendree in 1:25.67.


Women’s 1,000 free

In the timed final heat, Allison Weber of Drury clocked in at 9:53.12 to claim gold, trimming more than four seconds off her seed time. Queens’ Sophie Lange, who dropped more than eight seconds, was the only other one to crack 10 minutes and grab second in 9:55.89. Francesca Baines of Queens was third.


Men’s 1,000 free

Fabio Dalu of McKendree blasted his way to a Division II and championships record, dropping nearly three seconds to go 8:54.10. It downs the meet mark set in 2009 by Drury’s Mitch Snyder and the Division II record set just in 2019 by Alex Kunert.

Second was Zach Ondrej, with Jonas Soerensen of Wingate third.


Women’s 200 IM

Marizel van Jaarsveld dropped a second and a half from her prelims swim to earn the gold medal with a time of 1:57.84 for Indy. She and teammate Katie McCoy, who was fourth in prelims, made it a 1-2 sweep, McCoy going 1:59.31. The top seed entering finals, Queens’ Lexie Baker, and top seed entering the meet, Drury’s Bec Cross, finishing third and fourth respectively.


Men’s 200 IM

Emanuel Fava worked the front half of his race and built a big enough to hold off top seed Alex Kunert. The Delta State junior dropped nearly a second and a half from prelims to go 1:43.92 and get the win. Kunert trailed the whole way, but a 24.87 free split closed the game to just .24 seconds at the final wall. Lindenwood’s Matheo Mateos-Mongelo was third in 1:46.16.


Women’s 50 free

Danielle Melilli made it two golds in one session with a time of 22.57. Indy’s Johanna Buys was second in 22.84 with Drury’s Katarzyna Rogowska third in 22.90.


Men’s 50 free

Karol Ostrowski owns the Division II meet record in the 50, going 19.12 seconds to get the gold. It’s just .04 short of his Division II record. It downs the 19.18 set by Lindenwood’s Serghei Golban in 2016.

Alex Bowen made it a Drury 1-2 with his 19.40. Third as Matej Dusa of Queens in 19.42.