NCAA Division II Championships: Queens Enters Day 3 Leading Men’s, Women’s

2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship - Finals
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The third day of the NCAA Division II Championships begins Friday with Queens in the lead in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The edge in the men’s race is slightly more precarious, with Drury in hot pursuit.

NCAA Division II Championships Women’s Scores

  1. Queens (Nc)                     314.5   2. Drury                             232
  3. Indy                              206   4. Lindenwood                        193
  5. Tampa                             119   6. Wingate                           116
  7. Delta State                       115   8. Grand Valley                      111
  9. Nova S'Eastern                    109  10. West Florida                      106
 11. Carson-Newman                      99  12. Colorado Mesa                      76

NCAA Division II Championships Men’s Scores

  1. Queens (Nc)                       315   2. Drury                           270.5
  3. Lindenwood                        173   4. McKendree                         167
  5. Indy                              161   6. Delta State                     160.5
  7. Wayne State                       111   8. Wingate                           108
  9. Grand Valley                       99  10. Colorado Mesa                      65
 11. Florida Southern                   63  12. Missouri S & T                     59

Results from the Friday morning prelims:

Women’s 500 freestyle

Queens can put a stranglehold on the team race early after owning the top three spots in prelims. Francesca Bains is the top seed in 4:51.80. Second is freshman Sophie Lange, with Giulia Grasso third. Grasso entered as the top seed with a 4:50.44 but went 4:53.59 in prelims.

Drury swimmers Allison Weber and Marina Amorim are fourth and fifth, respectively.

Men’s 500 freestyle

Indy’s Christian Hedeen is playing the spoiler for now in the 500 in trying to slow down Fabio Dalu. Heeden took the top seed in finals with a time of 4:23.11. McKendree’s Dalu coasted to send in 4:23.86, nearly three seconds slower than his seed time. Queens’ interests are being looked after by Luke Erwee and Mohamed Hegazy in third and fourth.

Women’s 100 backstroke

Laura Pareja, the top seed entering the morning, garners prime placement at night, the Drury junior swimming a 52.93. Rachel Massaro of Queens is the only other swimmer to break 54, taking the second spot at 53.44.

Men’s 100 backstroke

A showdown of champions surprisingly lost some intrigue. As it is, the final will pit 100 fly champ Tim Stollings of Findlay against 200 IM champ Emanuel Fava. Stollings went from the sixth seed to tops with a 46.96. Fava, the 13th seed from Delta State, clocked in at 47.04. Third is Fava’s teammate Guilio Brugnoni, runner-up to Stollings in the 100 fly, in 47.08, with Queens’ Finn Howard fourth in 47.18 for what should be a loaded final.

It could’ve been more loaded, though, but Karol Ostrowski won’t be part of the A final. Entering as the top seed, the 50 free champ went 47.81 in prelims, a second slower than he seed time and good for 10th and a B final spot.

Women’s 100 breaststroke

The top seed is a bit of a surprise, with Colorado Mesa’s Lily Borgenheimer taking the honor with a time of 1:01.97. She entered as the 11th seed. Second is Savanna Best of Nova Southeastern with Megahn Tolman of Biola up from 17th seed to third.

The final, though, will be a wide-open affair. The eight finalists are separated by .65 seconds, the top six only .34 apart. Sixth on that list is the woman who entered as the top seed, 50 free champ Danielle Melilli of Queens.

Men’s 100 breaststroke

Unlike the women, a decisive statement of intent was laid down by top seed Joao Santos, who trimmed three-quarters of a second to 52.40 to own the top spot by more than a second. Second is Lindenwood’s Gerald Brown with Dawid Nowodworski of Drury in third. Spots 2-8 are clustered within .59 seconds.

Women’s 200 butterfly

After her surprise win in the 200 free, Paige Mikesell had no issue defending her top seed in the 200 fly, going 1:59.13. The IUP junior enters as the only swimmer sub two minutes. Second is Indy’s Marizel van Jaarsveld, the 200 IM champ, with Sophie Lange completing a daunting double in third for Queens.

Men’s 200 butterfly

Queens has two of the top three seeds, with Alex Kunert dominating prelims with a 1:42.88 to take the top spot by nearly two seconds. Teammate Yannick Plasil is third. Sandwiched in between is Wingate’s Iran Almeida.

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