NJCAA Championships Day 2: Indian River Builds Commanding Lead

Photo Courtesy: Indian River State College

The NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships continued on Thursday at Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex with Indian River building its lead on the men’s and women’s side.

After two days, the Indian River men lead with 614 points, nearly 300 points ahead of the second-place team.

Iowa Central is second with 336, followed by Southwestern Oregon (275), Barton (272) and South Georgia State (117).

The women’s lead is similar with Indian River in first place with 630 points. Southwestern Oregon is second with 329, followed by Iowa Central (286), Jamestown (158) and Erie (91).

Indian River started strong with the women winning the 200 free relay. Taryn Dailey, Sydney Weatherspoon, Catherine Royden-Turner and Kailea Green touched the wall in 1:37.15, nearly three seconds ahead of the field.

The men followed suit as Nicholas Fauteux, Dean Walker, Luke Altmann and John Geiger won in 1:21.57 — four seconds ahead of the field.

Day 1 recap

Royden-Turner won the NJCAA title in the 50 backstroke (25.73), leading a 1-2-3-4 finish for Indian River with Ella Gates (26.65), Erifylli Maroutsou (27.14) and Gwendolyn Bencie (27.19).

Dailey won the 100 butterfly in 55.32 ahead of Gates (56.16), Maroutsou (58.13) and Ashley Sterchele (58.15), a 1-2-3-4 finish.

Indian River went 1-2-3 in the women’s 400 IM behind Rylee Woelk (4:31.96), Esther Rydbeck (4:34.72) and Samantha van Vuure (4:38.45).

Victoria Ortiz won the 200 free in 1:52.24 to lead a top-four step with Green (1:55.47), Lillian Lewis (1:56.22) and Ashlynn Amon (1:57.65).

For the men, Aramis Rivera won the NJCAA title in the men’s 400 IM for Indian River, finishing in 3:54.56 to finish ahead of Iowa Central’s Kyle McKenzie (3:56.00).

In the men’s 100 butterfly, Brennan Hammond won in 48.69 to lead a top-four sweep for Indian River with Liam Henry (48.82), Fauteaux (49.75) and Walker (50.11).

Indian River’s Caleb Brandon won the 200 free in 1:38.50 ahead of Zeiger (1:39.56), Altmann (1:39.96) and Chance Conde (1:40.64).

Royden-Turner, Woelk, Dailey and Weatherspoon won the NJCAA title in the 400 medley relay (3:53.53) for the women.

For the men, Jhon Moncada, Michael Deans, Hammond and Walker won in 3:17.59.

Southwest Oregon’s Alejandro Robles Ruiz won the men’s 50 back in 23.13, ahead of Indian River’s Moncada (23.76).