Patricia Castro Ortega Cranks Out Another NCAA D2 Record in 400 IM

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Queens’ Patricia Castro Ortega won the women’s 400-yard IM en route to breaking her own NCAA DII record at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships.

The senior’s time of 4:08.56 was nearly six seconds ahead of the rest of the field and four seconds faster than her morning swim. Her previous record of 4:09.93 was set last month at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. This is her second individual win of the meet after winning and setting a new DII record in the 200 IM yesterday.

Wingate’s Sofia Petrenko took second in 4:14.40 and Lynn’s Rebecca Matthews finished third in 4:17.25.

Drury’s Gretchen Stein (4:18.05), Lindenwood’s Alecia McGillivray (4:21.03), Delta State’s Melanie Tombers (4:21.75), Queens’ Caroline Arakelian (4:22.08), and Grand Valley’s Samantha Postmus (4:25.52) rounded out the top eight.

=== Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Patri Castro Ortega    SR Queens (NC)       4:12.47    4:08.56R  20  
    r:+0.79  26.17        57.02 (30.85)
        1:28.22 (31.20)     1:59.87 (31.65)
        2:35.62 (35.75)     3:11.80 (36.18)
        3:40.89 (29.09)     4:08.56 (27.67)
  2 Sofia Petrenko         JR Wingate           4:20.39    4:14.40   17  
    r:+0.79  26.78        56.60 (29.82)
        1:29.27 (32.67)     2:01.58 (32.31)
        2:38.45 (36.87)     3:15.68 (37.23)
        3:45.76 (30.08)     4:14.40 (28.64)
  3 Rebecca Matthews       SR Lynn              4:20.45    4:17.25   16  
    r:+0.62  27.03        59.39 (32.36)
        1:33.81 (34.42)     2:07.18 (33.37)
        2:41.96 (34.78)     3:17.25 (35.29)
        3:47.69 (30.44)     4:17.25 (29.56)
  4 Gretchen Stein         SR Drury             4:22.82    4:18.05   15  
    r:+0.70  27.94        59.29 (31.35)
        1:32.83 (33.54)     2:05.62 (32.79)
        2:42.05 (36.43)     3:18.95 (36.90)
        3:49.25 (30.30)     4:18.05 (28.80)
  5 Alecia McGillivray     JR Lindenwood        4:21.86    4:21.03   14  
    r:+0.78  28.06        59.48 (31.42)
        1:32.62 (33.14)     2:04.97 (32.35)
        2:43.55 (38.58)     3:22.00 (38.45)
        3:51.88 (29.88)     4:21.03 (29.15)
  6 Melanie Tombers        JR Delta State       4:23.61    4:21.75   13  
    r:+0.82  28.72      1:00.27 (31.55)
        1:34.23 (33.96)     2:07.27 (33.04)
        2:44.04 (36.77)     3:21.33 (37.29)
        3:52.28 (30.95)     4:21.75 (29.47)
  7 Caroline Arakelian     SR Queens (NC)       4:19.31    4:22.08   12  
    r:+0.75  27.57        59.90 (32.33)
        1:33.23 (33.33)     2:05.81 (32.58)
        2:44.18 (38.37)     3:22.84 (38.66)
        3:53.35 (30.51)     4:22.08 (28.73)
  8 Samantha Postmus       SO Grand Valley      4:23.15    4:25.52   11  
    r:+0.85  27.22        59.39 (32.17)
        1:32.07 (32.68)     2:04.60 (32.53)
        2:42.80 (38.20)     3:22.40 (39.60)
        3:54.18 (31.78)     4:25.52 (31.34)
 
                       === Consolation Finals ===                        
 
  9 Kierstin Page          JR Delta State       4:23.68    4:22.19    9  
    r:+0.72  28.29      1:00.46 (32.17)
        1:33.26 (32.80)     2:05.31 (32.05)
        2:43.96 (38.65)     3:22.66 (38.70)
        3:53.00 (30.34)     4:22.19 (29.19)
 10 Bavindeep Basra        SO Fresno Pacific    4:23.90    4:23.16    7  
    r:+0.69  28.12      1:00.34 (32.22)
        1:34.04 (33.70)     2:07.40 (33.36)
        2:44.46 (37.06)     3:22.01 (37.55)
        3:52.94 (30.93)     4:23.16 (30.22)
 11 Abigail Wiet           FR Azusa Pacific     4:27.76    4:24.48    6  
    r:+0.77  27.71        59.71 (32.00)
        1:33.20 (33.49)     2:06.36 (33.16)
        2:44.83 (38.47)     3:23.81 (38.98)
        3:54.82 (31.01)     4:24.48 (29.66)
 12 Amanda Tipton          FR Queens (NC)       4:24.28    4:25.33    5  
    r:+0.76  28.05      1:00.02 (31.97)
        1:33.91 (33.89)     2:07.63 (33.72)
        2:45.97 (38.34)     3:24.69 (38.72)
        3:55.73 (31.04)     4:25.33 (29.60)
 13 Sophia Nelson          SO Drury             4:27.34    4:26.88    4  
    r:+0.73  28.44      1:00.75 (32.31)
        1:36.46 (35.71)     2:12.83 (36.37)
        2:48.11 (35.28)     3:25.14 (37.03)
        3:56.65 (31.51)     4:26.88 (30.23)
 14 Madeline Pitt          SO West Florida      4:28.65    4:27.56    3  
    r:+0.76  28.15      1:00.03 (31.88)
        1:35.63 (35.60)     2:10.40 (34.77)
        2:47.96 (37.56)     3:26.89 (38.93)
        3:57.80 (30.91)     4:27.56 (29.76)
 15 Savanna Saunders       FR NMU               4:26.39    4:28.87    2  
    r:+0.76  29.24      1:01.28 (32.04)
        1:34.65 (33.37)     2:06.88 (32.23)
        2:46.45 (39.57)     3:26.09 (39.64)
        3:57.77 (31.68)     4:28.87 (31.10)
 16 Courtney Chacon        JR Cal Baptist       4:26.47    4:29.11    1  
    r:+0.65  28.28      1:00.05 (31.77)
        1:34.19 (34.14)     2:08.44 (34.25)
        2:47.80 (39.36)     3:27.44 (39.64)
        3:58.84 (31.40)     4:29.11 (30.27)
1 Comment

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    Bil Bell

    Not diminishing Castro Ortega’s outstanding accomplishment in any way but the 13-14 NAG record in this event is a couple of tentts faster, i.e., 4:04.48 by now-retired Katie Hoff in December of 2K4 during he North Baltimore Aquatics holiday meet.

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