Drury swimming leads day one
Kim finished first in the 200 Individual Medley
SAN ANTONIO -- Drury won one event on Wednesday, Jun Han Kim in the 200 Individual Medley, but the team's solid high finishes pushed the Panthers to the first-day lead at the NCAA DII Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday night at the Palo Alto Natatorium.
The DU men, the six-time defending national champs, compiled 127 points to lead runner-up Bridgeport (82) by 45 points after the first of four days of competition. Grand Canyon is third at 74.5 points while UC-San Diego is fourth with 72.5 among the 24 teams that registered at least a point on Wednesday.
The Drury women, two-time defending national champions, posted 113 points on the opening day and hold a 40-point lead ahead of second-place Ashland (73). Incarnate Word is third with 65 points with UC-San Diego in fourth (55) and Wayne State fifth (54).
"I was really happy with a lot of the performances by the kids today," Drury coach Brian Reynolds said. "We had so many personal bests it's hard to list them individually ... it's the first day. What you can't do is sit back and take it easy, because you have to be able to come out the next three days, every day, and fight for every possible point.
"We don't have this meet clinched at all, we've just set ourselves up in a really nice position."
Kim, the reigning NCAA Division II National Swimmer of the Year, successfully defended his national title in the 200 IM with a school-record time of 1:46.08 (breaking his own previous mark of 1:47.37), combining with senior teammate Gerrit Thomsen for a 1-5 finish and 34 points for the Panthers' cause.
It was the highlight on a night when the Panthers also got a second-place from sophomore Ryan Arabejo in the 1000 Free, a fourth and an eighth in the 50 free from Vladimir Sidorkin and Sergi Bilov and a fourth in the 200 Medley Relay with Taylor Westby, Sidorkin, Kim and Thomsen setting a new school record with their time of 1:29.12 in a very fast finals, as three teams broke the old national mark.
Highlights for the DU women on Wednesday included a third from Erin Dolan and an eighth by Deanna Sorenson in the 1000 Free, a third from Katia Alyabyeva in the 200 IM, a fourth by Li Tao in the 50 Free and a second in the 200 Medley Relay by Molly Brown, Monica Alvarez, Kelsey Ward and Tao after a scare when an apparently malfunctioning touch pad indicated the Panthers had jumped early at the start and were disqualified, a decision that was later overturned.