Truman State Women, Drury Men Near Division II Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 10. THE Truman State women and Drury University men moved within one day of sealing NCAA Division II championships on Friday night. After the third day of competition at the Indiana University Natatorium, Truman State has compiled 484 points, plenty more than the 362 points of Drury. As for the men’s meet, Drury has 463 points to the 391 of Cal State-Bakersfield.

The West Chester University tandem of Tammy Leane and Kathrin Dumitru continued to dominate as they combined for three titles on Friday night. Already the victor in the 1,000 freestyle and 400 individual medley, Leane won the 500 free in 4:49.44. As for Dumitru, she doubled in the 100 breaststroke and 200 butterfly (2:02.63). Dumitru missed the NCAA Division II record in the 100 breast by .01 after clocking 1:01.89. Drury’s Janelle Slattery won the 100 back in 56.18.

North Dakota’s Rodrigo Ferreira blasted the national record in the 100 backstroke with a sizzling mark of 47.31. Drury’s men got a lift from the one-two showing of Ryan Norrie and Michael Lewandowski in the 500 freestyle. Norrie hit the wall in 4:23.84. Drury also got a boost from Jakub Jiracek in the 100 breast, as he won the event in 55.32. North Dakota’s Dan Zabler prevailed in the 200 fly (1:48.67).

In relay action, Truman State’s women topped the competition in the 800 free relay as Jacqui Dempsey, Whitney Wodstrchill, Lija Kaleps-Clark and Molly Polette were timed in 7:30.32. For the men, Drury took top honors in 6:37.79, thanks to the foursome of Lewandowski, Tomas Kuzvard, Jiracek and Norrie.