After two days of competition at the NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, Six-time defending champion Drury sits in first place with 316 points with Grand Canyon (172.5) in second, UC San Diego in third (162), Wayne State (160) fourth and Bridgeport sixth (128).
There are 11 men’s events remaining on the schedule for Friday and Saturday. Friday’s schedule will include the 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 1-meter diving and the 800 free relay. The meet concludes on Saturday with finals in the 1650 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast and 400 free relay.
With relay points critical to the outcome of the team championship, each night’s slate of events concludes with a relay. Wednesday saw the first relay of the meet, the 200 medley relay, finish with Bridgeport’s team of Oscar Pereiro, Pitor Safronczyk, Toni Valcic and Nikola Savic touch first in 1:28.25. Thursday saw Florida Southern capture the 400 medley relay in time of 3:14.91 for Jeffrey Halfacre, Miguel Ferreira, David Janzen and Walter Rumans. Relay wins are worth 40 team points. Drury finished second in 3:14.98 for 34 team points and UC San Diego was third in 3:16.38 for 32 team points.
Need to Know
• Princeton captured a third consecutive Ivy League team title, holding off a late charge from Harvard to win by a 5.5-point margin. The meet came down to the final event at Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass. – the 400 free relay. Harvard needed to win the event to win the meet, but Columbia played spoiler, touching first in 2:54.83. The Karl B. Michael Award for high-point diver of the meet went to Princeton’s Stephen Vines. Columbia’s Hyun Lee captured the Phil Moriarty Award as the high-point swimmer. The Ron Keenhold Award for career-high point diver went to Zac Ranta of Harvard, and the Harold Ulen Award for career-high point diver went to Adam Powell of Columbia.
• At the Mid-American Conference Championships, Buffalo captured its first MAC men’s swimming and diving championship by a 78.5-point margin against Eastern Michigan. The Bulls quest was helped by two wins on the final day of the meet, including the 400 free relay, setting a school record and clinching the title in a time of 2:56.60. MAC Diver of the Year honors went to Jimmy Beres of Miami, and his coach, KongRong Le was named the league’s Diving Coach of the Year. Jacob Hanson of Eastern Michigan was named the MAC Swimmer of the Year, while Buffalo’s Andy Bashor was named MAC Swimming Coach of the Year.
• Stanford captured a 30th consecutive Pac-10 Men’s Swimming Championship on March 5, in Long Beach, Calif. That is a record-setting streak, unmatched by any NCAA team in any sport. The Cardinal finished with 911 points, followed by California (864), Southern California (534), Arizona (483), Arizona State (273), UC Santa Barbara (184) and Cal Poly (158).
• Adam Powell of Columbia defended both of his Ivy League titles, winning the 50 free (19.74) and 100 free (43.26). Powell also participated in a time trial in the 50 free, clocking a 19.62 and set new Columbia records in both events.