Drury men continue to lead after Day 2 of national championships
It was déjà vu all over again in the men’s swimming and diving competition at the CrossPlex Natatorium on Thursday.
For the second evening in a row Drury put together an outstanding team effort with a finish in the top four in all of the night’s five events, while Wayne State’s Piotr Jachowicz won another event in record-setting fashion. The Panthers pushed its first-night lead of 20 points to 74, and now lead Grand Canyon 258-184. Florida Southern is third place in the team standings with 176 points, while Incarnate Word finds itself in fourth with 173 and Wayne State is fifth with 139.
Meanwhile, one night after setting the meet record in the 200 yard individual medley, Jachowicz did it again in the 400 yard individual medley, winning the event by two and a half seconds in a time of 3:47.62. He shattered the previous record of 3:49.17, which was held by Drury’s Kyrillo Fesenko at the last Winter National Championships Festival in 2009. Wingate’s Marko Blazevski placed second in 3:50.12, while St. Leo’s Pawel Trenda was third in 3:51.96.
The night started in the men’s 200 yard freestyle relay, in which Drury’s team of Nicholas McCarthy, Samuel Olson, Olexandr Padalkin and Vladimir Sidorkin narrowly missed setting the meet record with a winning time of 1:19.31, just ahead of Grand Canyon, who finished in 1:19.66.
In the 200 yard freestyle, Sidorkin won his second first-place trophy of the night in a time of 1:35.76, edging Florida Southern’s Luis Rojas, who touched the wall in 1:36.48. In the 100 yard butterfly, Marcus Schlesinger of Ouachita Baptist took home top honors with a time of 47.54 seconds. Grand Canyon’s Ivan Nechunaev was second in 47.73 seconds, while Drury’s Stanislav Kuzmin added valuable team points with a third place finish in 47.84.
The night concluded with Grand Canyon setting a record in the 400 yard medley relay as Everton Kida, Eetu Karvonen, Nechunaev and Kyle Shores finished in 3:11.93, breaking Florida Southern’s record of 3:12.43, which was set a year ago. Florida Southern placed second in 3:12.44, while Drury came in third in 3:12.97.