NCAA Division II Championships: Drury Remains in Lead in Men’s, Women’s Races; Several DII Marks Fall

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 10. THE second night of action at the NCAA Division II Championships featured quite a few NCAA DII records falling by the wayside. Meanwhile, Drury maintained its leads in the men's and women's team title races in the short course yard format meet.

Drury's women pushed their leading tally to 267 points, while Wayne State stood second with 176 points. Ashland (152), UC San Diego (151) and Clarion (125) made up the rest of the top five.

The Drury men amassed 316 points after the second day, while Grand Canyon held second with 172.5 points. UC San Diego owned third with 162 points, while Wayne State (160) and Bridgeport (128) stood fourth and fifth.

Incarnate Word's Casey Hurrell-Zitelman, previously of Texas A&M, crushed the NCAA DII record in the women's 400 IM with a winning time of 4:14.00. That effort smashed the 4:15.76 set by Drury's Yuan Qing Li back in 2009. Southern Connecticut's Amanda Thomas also cleared the old mark with a second-place 4:15.59, while UC San Diego's Alexandra Henley earned third in 4:18.21.

Drury's Li Tao downed the second NCAA DII record of the night with a 53.55 in the women's 100 fly. That swim eclipsed the 53.76 set by Drury's Janelle Slattery in 2009. Grand Canyon's Mychala Lynch finished second in 54.57, while Clarion's Kaitlyn Johnson took home third in 55.08.

Wingate's Marko Blazevski topped the men's 400 IM with a 3:51.29, while West Chester's Kenneth McCormick placed second in 3:52.97. Drury's Ryan Arabejo wound up third in 3:53.97. Drury's Jun Han Kim captured the men's 100 fly title in 46.94, while Grand Valley's Aaron Beebe touched second in 48.01. Drury's Carlos Viveros took third in 48.18.

Florida Southern's Mary O'Sullivan surfaced from a competitive finale to win the women's 200 free in 1:48.23. Indianapolis' Maura Donahue (1:48.25) and Drury's Tiffany Van Dongen (1:48.32) touched just behind in second and third. Wayne State's Andrew Seryy snatched the men's 200 free crown in 1:36.03. Wingate's Iaroslav Denysenko finished second in 1:36.49, while Drury's Vladimir Sidorkin earned third in 1:37.46.

Clarion's Kayla Kelosky demolished the NCAA DII record in the women's one-meter event with a winning tally of 511.15 points. Jamie Wolf of Clarion held the previous mark with a 453.75 set in 2007. Grand Valley's Karen Verbrugge took second with 489.60 points, while Wingate's Lindsey Taylor finished third with 456.05 points.

Wayne State's Sara Franklin, Ana Gonzalez Pena, Agata Zalewska and Ana Azambuja set the NCAA DII record in the women's 400 medley relay with a 3:40.45. That beat the 3:41.69 Wayne State set during prelims, which beat the 3:43.11 set by Drury in 2009. Franklin, meanwhile, downed the 100 back DII record with a 52.90 after dropping a 53.78 during prelims. Drury's Jing Hua set the previous standard with a 53.88 in 2009.

Meanwhile, Florida Southern's Jeffrey Halfacre, Miguel Ferreira, David Janzen and Walter Rumans won the men's 400 medley relay in 3:14.91.