INDIANAPOLIS – Student-athletes once again delivered multiple record-setting performances on day two of the 2016 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the IU Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis. Six meet records fell Thursday to make it 10 new marks for the championship*. Overall, Queens University (N.C.) leads both the men’s and women’s team standings halfway through the competition.
Queens sophomore Patricia Ortega-Castro continued to impress at the national meet with a record-breaking performance in the 400-yard individual medley. A day after setting a new DII mark in the 200 individual medley, Ortega-Castro broke her own meet and Division II records with a time of 4:08.56 to win her sixth career individual national title. An Olympian for her home country of Spain, Ortega-Castro was named the Women’s Swimmer of the Meet at the 2015 NCAA DII Championships.
Wingate University (N.C.) made its mark on day two with a record-breaking women’s 400 medley relay. Viktoriya Arkhipova, Jessika Weiss, Armony Dumur and Sofia Petrenko combined for a time of 3:37.80 to edge Queens (3:38.18) and set both a meet and a DII record.
On the men’s side, the University of Tampa 200 free relay team broke its own NCAA DII record with a time of 1:17.27, after clocking a 1:17.78 in the morning prelims. An individual NCAA DII mark was also set in the same race by Serghei Golban of Lindenwood. He led off the event with a time of 19.18 in the 50 free, a record he broke Wednesday when he won the 50 free individual title.
Individually, Queens’ Dion Dreesens notched his second national championship with a DII-record 1:32.46 in the 200 free. The 6-7 junior from Venray, Netherlands also won the 1000 free on Wednesday.
In the final event of the night, the men’s 400 medley relay, Florida Southern’s Marco Palacios swam a 46.27 backstroke leg for a new record. His team also went on to win the 400 medley title.
In the daily diving final, freshman Brad Dalrymple amassed an 11-dive score of 540.45 to take the individual national title on the men’s 1-meter board, just edging junior and two-time national champ Collin Vest (538.05) of Clarion University (Pa.).
Queens tops the women’s team standings with a score of 266 heading into day three. Wingate sits in second at 209 and California-San Diego in third with 175. The Royals also lead the men’s field with 203 points, followed closely by Lindenwood (Mo.) with 192.5 and Florida Southern at 143.5.
The University of Indianapolis, co-host of the meet, received an eighth-place showing on the 1-meter board from freshman Dalton Cline to finish the day with 37.5 points on the men’s side, good for 19th.
Competition continues through Saturday, with preliminary rounds for swimming events each day at 10:30 a.m. at the Natatorium and finals at 6 p.m. Diving preliminaries are conducted at 2 p.m. each day. A complete schedule of events may be found at www.indianasportscorp.org/events/events-calendar/ncaa-swimming-diving.
All-session and single-session tickets for the championships remain on sale. All-session passes range from $30 to $70 and single-session tickets range from $10 to $15 for finals events. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ncaa.com/tickets.
This is the second straight year for the championship in Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis and the Indiana Sports Corp are co-hosts of the event. Portions of the championships will be streamed live on www.NCAA.com.
*The women’s 3-meter diving score that was referenced Wednesday was incorrect and thus not an NCAA record.