DI, DIII meets ready to kick off
Notes: Kim sets records, Drury sweeps DII Championships
This weekend is completely quiet in NCAA men’s swimming and diving as the Division II Championship was contested last weekend, while the Division I and Division III Championships take place next week.
In Division I, the men will head for the Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 24-26 where Texas will attempt to defend its 2010 team championship. Auburn has won six of the last eight team titles, most recently in 2009.
A total of 35 divers and 235 swimmers from 41 teams have qualified for the Division I meet. Ten teams will bring 10 or more athletes to the championships, led by California (18), Texas (17), Arizona (15), Auburn (14), Florida (14), Stanford (13), Michigan (12), Southern California (12), Ohio State (11) and Virginia (10).
The Division III Championships begin on Wednesday 23 and run through March 26 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. A single school, Kenyon, has won every Division III team title since 1980 and the Lords will take aim at a 32nd consecutive team championship. Six schools will bring at least 10 swimmers to the meet, including Emory (17), Kenyon (16), Denison (15), Williams (12), Amherst (11) and MIT (10).
Need to Know
• Drury captured its ninth Division II team championship on March 12, completing a men’s-women’s sweep for a third consecutive year. This was a seventh consecutive men’s championship and ninth overall for the Panthers. Drury led virtually wire-to-wire, finishing with 600 points to easily outdistance UC San Diego (345) and Wayne State (295).
• Drury junior Jun Han Kim set a new Division II record in the 200 butterfly, swimming splits of 22.76, 25.92, 26.40 and 27.91 to become the first under 1:43.0 in the event (1:42.99). He went on to win a total of three individual titles, adding the 100 butterfly (46.94) and 200 IM (1:46.08, school record) en route to a meet-high 75 points.
• California finished atop the 2011 CSCAA/TYR Dual Meet National Dual Swimming and Diving Championships list. Voters split their first-place votes evenly between Cal and Stanford, but gave the Golden Bears a slight edge in the overall voting. The six-point margin separating first and second was the closest in poll history.
• The United States Naval Academy was named the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Dual Meet champions for a third consecutive season. The Patriot League champions, the Midshipmen would have finished 27th in the final CSCAA/TYR Division I Dual-Meet poll. The mid-major rankings use an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking is available to institutions that are not a member of a BCS conference or the Mountain West Conference and that provide fewer than half of the allowable scholarships under current NCAA rules.
• UC San Diego turned in its best men’s finish in 11 years at the Division II level at last week’s championships, setting 11 school records and having a combined 28 individuals earning points for the men and women. Junior Matt Herman won the 1,000 freestyle (9:02.67, school and pool record) and 1,650 freestyle (15:12.78, school record), while Nick Korth captured the 200 breaststroke title in 1:57.19 (school record). The Tritons previous-best Division II finish was a fourth-place standing in 2005.
• Wayne State (Mich.) junior Andrey Seryy was named the NCAA Division II Male Swimmer of the Meet by the college Swimming Coaches Association of America, following last week’s NCAA Championships. Seryy won three national championships -- the 50 freestyle, 200 free and 100 free. He broke two NCAA meet records in the 100 free (42.91) and 50 free (19.39) and swam on four relay teams throughout the meet. The Warriors finished third as a team.