Drury sweeps titles again
Panthers become first team to sweep three consecutive titles
- Final Team Standings
- Complete Results | Condensed Results
- Video: Day Four Highlights | Drury men 400 free relay record | Drury women 400 free relay record
- Video: UCSD's Korth 200 breast record | Florida Southern's O'Sullivan 200 back record
- Video: Wayne State's Pena 200 back record | Wayne State's Servvy 100 free record
SAN ANTONIO -- A year ago in Canton, Ohio, Drury became the first school in NCAA Division II history to sweep the men's and women's national championships in swimming and diving in consecutive years. Now, after another dominating performance by the DU men and a solid four days of work by the DU women, that total stands at three years in a row.
The Drury men captured their seventh consecutive national Division II title and the DU women their third consecutive -- and fourth in the past five years -- on Saturday night at the Palo Alto Natatorium.
For the men, it was virtually no contest after the first couple of days of the four-day competition, as they took a 205-point lead into Saturday's final night and coasted. DU finished with a total of 600 points to easily out-distance runner-up UC-San Diego (345). Wayne State (Mich.) was third with 295 points, followed by Grand Canyon (292.5) and Wingate (252) to round out the top five.
The Drury women, however, had some work to do on Saturday. Wayne State gained major ground with its showing in diving -- which the Panthers had no competitors enlisted in the event -- and made a race of it before DU pulled away. Drury added a victory in the meet-closing 400 freestyle relay to seal the deal.
Drury finished with 483.5 points to outdistance runner-up Wayne State (388). UC-San Diego finished third with 338, followed by Clarion (272) and Ashland (240) to round out the women's top five.
"It was just a total team effort, every kid, every race," Drury coach Brian Reynolds said. "The kids work so hard all year training for this moment, and it's always such a joy to see them get to experience it. It never gets old."
The Drury men have now won nine NCAA Division II championships in total, with titles in 1999 and 2003 preceding their current run of seven consecutive crowns. The Drury women picked up their eighth DII title overall, with others coming in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.