The Week That Was: Queens Wins Fifth Straight Conference Title, Takes Down Two NCAA Records

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This week teams across the United States started kicking off the their conference championship season, with Queens and Carmel continuing their dominant streaks while high schoolers also broke records across the board. Check out those stories and the other biggest news of the week in the week that was!

The Week That Was #5 – Carmel Girls Win 33rd Consecutive State Championship Title


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The Carmel girl’s high school swimming and diving team won their 33rd straight Indiana High School State Championship Title this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium. Carmel used their impressive depth to earn their 33rd-straight high school championship team title, winning all three relays and three individual state titles. In true dynasty-fashion, Carmel extends their all-time national record of most consecutive championships across all sports. You can see full results from the meet here.

The Week That Was #4 – Dean Farris Downs Two School Records At HYP


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The annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton double dual meet was held at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool last weekend, with Dean Farris throwing down some of the fastest times in the country while establishing two new program records for the Crimson. Farris started off his meet Saturday with a blistering 18.35 anchor leg on the 200 free relay before coming back shortly after to record a new personal best of 44.62 in the 100 back. That broke his own school record and established a new Blodgett pool record, while also moving the junior up to #2 in the country. He closed the session with a lightning fast 40.85 anchor leg on the 400 medley relay. Farris’ second record came in the 100 free on Sunday, where he posted a 41.92 to again break the school and pool records and dip under 42 seconds for the first time in his career. The Harvard men defeated both Yale (266-87) and Princeton (216-137), while the Yale women took down Harvard (182.5-117.5) and Princeton (186-114). You can see full results from the men’s meet here and from the women’s meet here.

The Week That Was #3 – IPC Will Reinstate Russian Paralympic Committee By March


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After a 29-month suspension, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that it will be reinstating the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 2019. The IPC suspended the RPC on August 7, 2016 because it did not fulfill its IPC membership obligations, specifically its compliance with anti-doping. The suspension kept Russian-para athletes out of all IPC-sanctioned events including the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Between now and the date when the RPC suspension is formally lifted, the IPC will publish post-reinstatement criteria, identifying the core, high-level requirements that the RPC must continue to meet to maintain its conditional reinstatement of membership of the IPC. You can read further terms of the reinstatement and get a refresher on the background of Russia’s suspension here.

The Week That Was #2 – National High School Records Fall Across Country


Two big records came down this week as high schoolers across the country started heading into championships season. Early in the week fourteen-year-old Claire Curzan set a new girls’ 13-14 NAG record in the 100 fly at the North Carolina 4A State Championships, clocking 51.60 to break the old NAG mark of 51.73 set by Regan Smith in 2016. Curzan was just shy of Katie McLaughlin’s Independent record of 51.51, and she crushed Alyssa Marsh’s North Carolina State mark of 53.23. Then over the weekend Jake Magahey took down the oldest National High School record on the books at the Georgia 6-7A State Championships, hitting the wall in 4:15.63 to take down Jeff Kostoff’s record of 4:16.39 from 1983. You can see all the results from this week’s high school meets here.

The Week That Was #1 – Queens Sweeps Bluegrass Mountain Conference With Two NCAA Records


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The men and women from Queens University of Charlotte took home their fifth straight conference championship this weekend, turning in dominating performances at the 2019 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. The men won with 976.5 points over Barton, while the women from Queens won in 1026 points, nearly 300 points ahead of Wingate. The Royals also downed two NCAA records throughout the meet. The 400 medley relay of Vladyslava Maznytska (54.62), Shelly Prayson (1:00.79), Georgia DaCruz (53.57) and Polina Lapshina (48.40) destroyed the old NCAA record of 3:37.80 from 2016 set by Wingate on the second night of the meet, while Marius Kusch took down his own record in the 100 free (42.29) on the final night of the meet. You can see full recaps of each night of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference here, and follow along with all college results here.